Bite of the Orange

BY Nilan PereraPublished Jun 21, 2017

Microtub's Bite of the Orange is a curiously engaging release of what are, essentially, tuba drones. The engaging part is how quickly one is drawn into the dark and sonorous, yet not unfriendly worlds of tectonic shifts.
The long tones of tuba are punctuated by the sounds of the engaging and disengaging embouchures, as the musicians pause to take breaths before diving in again. In a technical sense, their work has a focus on microtonal scales and instruments that play these notes between notes, but the knowledge of such is almost beside the point. Bite of the Orange is an autopsy of the deep areas of the ocean, or the most intimate moments of thunder, drawn out, slowed down and laid bare for the listener.

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