SOMETHING BROKE INSIDE
“Something Broke Inside” narrates waking from a nightmare, coughing blood laced with shards of broken glass – the psychological aftermath of contaminated intimate relationships, angst, and isolation. Following on the heels of tAngerinecAt’s last album, Many Kettles, featuring “Roses from Blood,” the imminent “Something Broke Inside” is at once a sonic and artistic tour-de-force.
Made up of non-binary Eugene Purpurovsky and Paul Chilton, the two artists first got together in 2003, followed by touring the Ukraine, UK, and Russia. In 2014, they took the name tAngerinecAt, beguiling audiences with their electrifying, cathartic performances full of arresting, unparalleled fusions of sound, including hurdy-gurdy, whistles, duda, harmonica, and avant-garde layers of electronic music.
Intertwined with Eugene's deeply personal lyrics tackling themes of severe trauma, childhood abuse, poverty, gender inequality, dehumanization, stigma, persecution, and the challenges of being a migrant from a poor post-Soviet country at war, tAngerinecAt’s creations evoke the serrated edge of the task of being human.
Since then, tAngerinecAt has released four albums, toured extensively, received beaucoup airplay on BBC 2, BBC 3 and BBC 6, and performed at myriad festivals: Knockengorroch Festival, Eden Festival, Equinox Festival, Willowman Festival, Leigh Folk Festival, Festival8, Festival x-24, Fire In the Mountain, Llangollen Fringe Festival, Blue Lagoon Festival, Tanner Fest, Radnor Fringe Festival, Alice's Wicked Tea Party, Wrex Fest, Hidden Hill Festival, JudeAnt Festival, Krayina Mriy, and Trypilske Kolo, along with others.
Surging with complex visceral textures, simultaneously potently dark and despairing, “Something Broke Inside” travels on a stark rhythmic beat enhancing Eugene’s piercing vocals, infusing the tune with feelings of oil-and-water, while layers of sound assemble uneasiness.
"Many Kettles, the pair's fourth album, casts a particularly dark spell. This is electronic music with a furious human pulse: a bold dance in the face of cruel authority that evokes "the feeling of a rave in a mausoleum" as Ben Knight LeftLion put it. It's also an outlet for Purpurovsky's fiery statements of intent. The singer and hurdy-gurdy player has plenty to say about the parlous state of the world; "I Don't Want To Be A White Master," the kickoff track on the album, is a furious rejection of the rising global culture of fascism and cruelty. Through tAngerinecAt, Purpurovsky strikes back at oppression of all kinds – class, cultural, economic, ethnic, gender, and interpersonal – and invites the listener to join the resistance."
"Album is immense. Exceptional..."
- John Hywel Morris, PRS for Music Senior Membership Development Manager, Wales
“I can't stop listening to Tangerinecat's new album 'Many Kettles' I am completely blown away by the sound you've captured, it's amazing. It felt similar to when I saw/heard a group of throat singers from Mongolia that managed to convey horses riding across a vast wilderness in their music and voices, your music has similar qualities like it's a portal that beams you into other spaces and you get lost in it all. I don't have words to describe how good the music is or how I couldn't stop smiling and thinking this is one of the best albums I have heard.” Read more... - Rosie Ireson
"This is a beautiful and brutal album... if you ever want to meander somewhere left field then start here, the journey is fulfilling and worth your precious time." Read more...
- Stuart Corry, Golden Believers Radio
"tAngerinecAt's newest album "Many Kettles" may just be the most important piece of art you need to navigate these times." Read more...
- Dave Eggleston/Mirrorkill
“... It has a rich and heavy sound (not the death-metal kind of heavy but rather like the big turnip kind of heavy? like you feel its physical weight and it's very satisfying) - a sound that vibrates like a tight spring. And yet there is nothing vibratingly-uncertain about its wrathful lyrics, and nothing turnip-like about its piercing vocals. They are personal, sometimes harsh, lashing with indignation, pain, and sarcasm. It is this double-edgedness of the album, this productive tension within it, along with the sheer volume of its oceanic sound, that makes it an absolutely unique experience … the album to me feels deeply therapeutic... Love in vengeance, hope in annihilation, protectiveness in a roar, and the gracefulness in the cold slap-in-the-face sarcasm of "Enjoy your tea" at the end of the album contents. It might leave you uneasy - it doesn't try to pull its punches - or feeling like you've just come back up from the bottom of the sea. That's the point though. tAngerinecAt are not trying to be nice to you, but they offer you an experience and a journey, and the scary intimacy of being alone with an ocean.” Read more...
- Masha Semashyna/Ukrainian poet and a PhD student at the Central European University