TOMAGA channel various forms of multi-instrumentalism into music that moves by turns through industrial, jazz, psychedelia and minimalism, on it’s way to somewhere wholly other. Devoted to musical exploration, this London based duo - Valentina Magaletti and Tom Relleen - obsessively deconstruct familiar tropes, looking for the tension that lies between improvisation and form.
Following the release of their second album ‘The Shape Of The Dance’ last September, TOMAGA will release a new four track EP 'Greetings from The Bitter End' which features two new songs and reworkings from good pals Shit & Shine and Cavern Of Anti-Matter. The impetus for the new EP came when the pair returned from recording the last album in Tuscany and acquired a marimba on arrival back in London, this unleashed a "tuned percussion journey" resulting in the mantra like 'Liberating Mania'.
The title track is a more ambient and atmospheric affair - a textured build up of percussive parts and features Rick Tomlinson on hornet. Always open to collaboration with outside bodies (as well as touring with the likes of Wire, Deerhoof and Silver Apples), the pair have previously been invited by Turner Contemporary Gallery to stage a performance using the artworks of Pedro Reyes (re-conditioned weapons confiscated by Mexican police from drug cartels and turned into instruments) as inspiration and also contributed a sound object to the Yoko Ono exhibition ‘Lumiere De L’aube’.
Their next engagement comes from the invite of Thurston Moore who has recruited them for The Can Project, in which the duo will be performing as part of an ensemble fronted by the Sonic Youth singer and featuring previous Can members at the Barbican on April 8th. Curated by Irmin Schmidt, the event will be in honour of the late Can drummer Jaki Leibzeit, and will feature an orchestral reinterpretation of classic Can material alongside new work with the London Symphony Orchestra. 'I guess for most musicians, as far as arrangements, production and songwriting, it's impossible to ignore the importance and the influence of such a band. I don't think it reckless stating that their musical legacy will keep influencing generations to come. We are extremely honoured to be part of this project together with a string of incredible musicians.' Tomaga say of the event.
SIDE A 1. Greetings From The Bitter End 2. A Perspective With No End (Shit & Shine Version)
SIDE B 3. Liberating Mania 4. Gonda's Dream (Cavern Of Antimatter Version)