TMA-2 Reviews
TMA-2 Tick Tock Lilies, CD, 48 minutes
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Glorious, a delicious choice of ambient tracks layered one upon two upon three et cetera to produce the genuine trance experience. The disc goes by all too quickly, sucking the listener in through track one and spitting said innocent out via track thirteen, leaving all the telltale marks of an alien encounter save probe rashes and unexplained scars. Think poppies. Think Oz. Hit repeat until your thumb falls off.
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TMA-2 are the composers of some of the most intense music in the world of techno. At times throughout this disc the computer generated dance beats take the BPM ratio far off the charts. By intermixing these high-speed rhythms with symphonic-electronic textures Tick Tock Lillies avoids classification as just another record of generic cyber-rave music. TMA-2 also do what most techno artists seem to be unable to do, avoid overly excessive repetition. There is enough diversification throughout the entire CD to keep the listener interested.
Tick Tock Llllies doesn't waste time from start with drawn out intro music. Instead "Pulling Five G's" breaks out immediately from the second you hit the play button. This track is built around a framework of one constant rhythm with several frequently changing rhythms layered over top of it including sampled bass and guitar. "To Hold" is almost like chill-out music, providing a break from the non-stop intensity, yet it grows into one of this record's most interesting tracks. The final track, "Clearing Skies" starts out as just a continuous drum loop for a couple minutes, then ambient synthesis is added to the background so subtly that you may not even notice it. Over top the drum loops various other percussion samples are mixed in and out, very representative of TMA-2's style...TMA-2 have put together an energetic and respectable piece of work.
Digital Intersect Volume #1, Issue #1-Spring 1998
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Forget the all to common song intro, from the second this disk starts your ears are introduced to a clamour of sounds that are carefully fused together to create TMA-2's full length roller coaster Tick Tock Lillies. Upbeat and diverse, with so many layers of noise you don't even notice there aren't any vocals. There are four interludes here and there, voices that sound like they were sampled from the same source, which serve as the only breaks from the music. Track four, "Primordial Soup", cools it's jets with a slower approach, but the layered sound is still intact. While "To Hold", and "Before our Time" pick up more of a beat driven feel. It's a very distinct listen that is bound to keep you interested.
Ben Didler - bend@island.net6.11.98 http://www.emptiness.net/gie.htm
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This CD is an inner soul kicker. TMA-2’s sound is electronica meets Pink Floyd. If you’ve lost your groove, this one will help you find it.
Metro Mania-Chattanooga, Volume 1, Issue 8, August 1998
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‘Pulling Five G’s’ percolates elegantly in a mid-tempo mind meld of tight rhythms and keyboard phrases... Nicely done.
Anthony Mark Happel, Chattanooga Free Press 8/16/98
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I can’t say I’m a fan of this kind of music, but even I can appreciate that this is talented stuff, having a more complex construction and carefully thought out structure than much of the music in this genre.
Paul Allwood, Wondrous Stories Issue 76 (Classic Rock Society)
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This release was great. While the word "trancy" gives the impression of calming/relaxation, this release still offers enough pump to keep the energy. i guess that's the best overall description i can give it... calming with aggressive energy. a few abstract sounding tracks add to the enjoyment. i was luv-n it. Grade A-
- adam brooks, At Media, www.atonline.com
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The first release from TMA-2 really didn't do much for me; it seemed like just average, nondescript electronic music. Not so with the band's follow-up, Tick Tock Lillies. Here, we find them diving head first into cutting edge electronica that is rather impressive. The disc consists of 13 tracks, 4 of which are each well under a minute in length. These aren't mindless fillers, however. Each one features very interesting dialogue samples laid over a bed of ambient noise and serve nicely as connectors between songs. The rest of the material ranges from the ultra-fast beats and space travel synths of "Stealth Escape" to the mid-tempo "To Hold", which also includes piano and bell sounds, to trance, as heard on "Organic Bubbles". Other elements that appear include a funky rhythm and synthesized guitars on "Pulling Five G's" and an atmospheric-trance vibe on "Primordial Soup". All are well-done and blend together into a cohesive collection of electronic sounds. The material heard here isn't quite as edgy or exciting as some of the bigger name electronica artists, but it's a vast improvement over their previous effort, and is quite enjoyable in its own right. Fans of Velvet Empire's trance releases or just solid electronic tunes might want to track this one down. --Carson Pierce