VIDEO PREMIERE: Tigue - Triangle

Will Shenton

There are few sounds better suited to the strange familiarity of dreams than Tigue's vibrant experimental percussion. Taken from the Brooklyn trio's forthcoming Strange Paradise, "Triangle" is a mesmerizing piece that feels at once recognizable and a little bit alien—all the usual pieces are there, but ripples at the margins hint at something curious just behind the curtain. Tigue's enthralling command of rhythm and texture propel the song forward with just enough off-kilter structure to keep you checking your peripherals.

Filmed in an old Brooklyn gymnasium by director Steven Reker, the accompanying video sees the band awash in fog and undulating distortion, attending to their instruments as if engaged in a serene ritual. It's fun to see musicians look so relaxed while playing something so complex, and the whole thing is shot through with Tigue's signature goofy quirks: they gaze longingly at the titular triangle, apparently an object of worship, and squish their faces in mock-religious fervor.

"Triangle" is simultaneously lighthearted and cerebral, casual and austere. It finds beauty in rhythm and repetition, and asks the listener to engage with sounds just at the edge of their comfort zone. That it can manage all that without taking itself too seriously is downright brilliant.