“Expense Of Spirit”

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LabelMacroCat. No.MACROM03
FormatEXCL12"COrders fromTue, 22 Jan 2008
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In 2007 Macro gained massive recognition with the groundbreaking “Lunatic Fringe” EP. The label’s 2008 follow up is as innovative - introducing the first external artist signing of the label - Tuomi, as well as Stefan Goldmann’s 1st ever production for a band! Tuomi is a trio of voice, piano and double bass, lead by singer Kristiina Tuomi. Touring the globe from Europe to Bahrain to South Korea, Tuomi perform a unique blend of superb songwriting and acoustic chamber composition. For their Macro debut, the trio is joined by live strings and an array of electronics, synths and drum machines, taking their signature concept to the dancefloor in full effect. The result is stunningly adventurous house music. The title track “Expense of Spirit” comes with a mind blowing bass line, acting as a catchy counterpoint to the deep acoustic chords and strings. The B side also holds a minimalistic dub version. “Mourning Eyes” and “Expense Miniature” reach far beyond the dancefloor, being another prime example of Macro’s experimental direction. A pioneering four track EP showcasing what should be possible at the junction of acoustic and electronic music today. Tuomi are: Kristiina Tuomi - voice Carsten Daerr - piano Carlos Bica - double bass featuring: Margherita Biederbick - violin Hannah Klein - viola Stefan Goldmann - synth bass, drum machines, processing

MACROM03 in the media

Alex Attias (Planet E): “I’m into “Expense” big time. Lovely deep and original track. I will most definitely play this in my sets and on my show. Great sweet vibe. I like the vocal, the sounds and the production. Top! Support for sure!”

Debug (GER): “Tuomi ist das erste externe Signing auf Macro Recordings und auch gleich eine große Überraschung, ein Zeichen, dass sich hier ein Label aufstellt, bei dem wirklich alles möglich sein wird. Denn genau wie geplante Veröffentlichungen von Stefan Goldmann, der auch die Zügel des Labels mit in der Hand hat, die nichts mit gerader Bassdrum zu tun haben werden, ist auch der Ausgangspunkt von Tuomi alles andere als Dancefloor. Das Trio (Vocals, Piano, Double Bass) verschmilzt fast schon jazziges Songwriting mit elektronischer Post-Produktion und ist dabei so herrlich unprätentiös und natürlich, dass man sich das gar nicht anders vorstellen kann. Lamb? Können einpacken. Und erst in den klassischen Dancefloor-Versionen schimmert die wirkliche Kompatibilität durch. Gut, dass es diese gibt, ich finde die andere Ecke aber fast noch spannender. (Thaddi)”

DJ Gio MC-505: “Tuomi is the result of combination between acoustic and electronic moods. Really nice concept! My pickup fly on "Expense Of Spirit" where I've found the progressive touch in the bassline. This is a simply adventurous trip into modern music without any cliches and constrictions. Total free with 100% of creativity: I love it firstly for this reason.”

Earplug Mag (USA): “Earplug Faves Chart #2 (Issue 115) ”

Gamall (Planet E): “Will chart the dub mix in my march chart!”

IDJ Mag (UK): “Stefan Goldmann’s quirky, harmonically complex style is one of the more interesting upshots of the classical-minimal interface, his choral experiments on last year’s ‘Lunatic Fringe’ arguably paving the way for Ricardo’s massive ‘Enfants’. Here, he offers his production skills to singer Kristiina Tuomi, rubbing a plucky bassline up against angular pianos and Tuomi’s distinctive tones. Intriguing stuff.”

James Holden (Border Community: “Mourning Eyes is great! Thanks for that!”

Jimpster (Freerange): “Whooaa! This dub mix is stunning! Beautiful stuff, and on a totally refreshing tip. Will deffo be trying to fit this little nuggat in!”

John Selway (Sino, Ovum): “It's really beautiful music, I love the piano in Expense Dub.”

Josh Wink (Ovum): “Been playing the vox version of Expense of Spirit and enjoying it! ”

Laurent Garnier (F-Com): “realy intresting ep Will play on the radio different and exciting”

Mazi (NRK): “A really solid release! I like both versions of "Expense" and have included the record in my March chart.”

Peter Kruder (K&D): “Merci for the new tunes. Super stuff once again. The bassline is rolling so incredibly smooth and the piano and voice round it off. Marvellous...”

Philip Sherburne (XLR8R, The W: “This is an absolutely brilliant record, an early highlight of 2008 and definitely going in my february top 10. The voice is simply gorgeous, beyond lush - and for that very reason I like the odd sort of thinness of the sound palette even more. It sets up a really interesting contrast between spindly, digital tones and the warmth of the voice and harmonies. A triumph. As ever, I'm thrilled to see Macro continuing with "ambient," beatless tracks. They're a joy for the DJ and for the listener both.”

Rainer Trüby (Compost): “Charting "Expense of Spirit" in march. ”

Raresh: “a super musical record .. love it ! 11/10”

Raresh (Cocoon, Ar:pi:ar): “Thanks for this wonderful piece of music!”

Resident Advisor Net: “Resident Advisor Net: "If you thought Stefan Goldmann's last 12-inch on Macro was strange, try Tuomi on for size: they're a Finnish/Portuguese/German experimental jazz trio that sets Shakespearean sonnets to tinkling piano and double bass. But while the group is very much an acoustic venture, Stefan Goldmann's productions on these are (mostly) geared to the floor. On the title track, Goldmann takes the group's spare backing to Finnish chanteuse Kristiina Tuomi's half-recitation/half-sung version of Shakespeare's Sonnet 132 and undergirds it with a fat, insistent synth bass. It's nearly all the propulsion that the track requires for much of its length (as the B-side dub confirms), but it's joined by a simple piano and some keening strings that maintain the acoustic quality of the original version. The miniature coda to 'The Expense' and 'Mourning Eyes' are floor-friendly per se, although they might more comfortably fit into Goldmann's challenging Macro radio show. 'Mourning Eyes' seems to gather up a cloud of whispers into an ambient mist before giving Tuomi the chance to do her thing almost completely a cappella, aside from some moody strings, before once again launching back into a rattling, shimmering morass of dub-inspired madness. I love it, but I also don't ever want to see anyone trying to dance to it. Even so, the sentiment is a smart one. Put a banger on the A-side and sneak in some art on the flip. Drunk DJs might even accidentally cue up 'Mourning Eyes' and give the masses a taste of the experimental. I get the sense that Goldmann wouldn't mind it a bit. / Todd L. Burns" ”

Rick Wade (Harmonie Park Detro: “I'm diggin' that Expense of Spirit. Very nice! The vocals on Mourning Eyes are outstanding! You should lace me with those vocals so I can do a Deeper-Than-Deep remix. Real Right!”

Sebo K (Mobilee): “another great macro release. support. ”

Sebo K (Mobilee): “Nice one! Wird gespielt!”

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