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West Is North, East Is South

by Tautologic

"a new twist to orchestral pop, melding a wide variety of musical styles with classical arrangements… an impressive, if slightly twisted, modern-day "rock" opera." -Mark Suppanz, The Big Takeover
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Illusion of Progress
2:32 $0.99
2. Hype Dark
4:07 $0.99
3. Jim's Home Brew
4:29 $0.99
4. Glasgow Smile
3:58 $0.99
5. The House Song
3:39 $0.99
6. Lazy Sundays
4:28 $0.99
7. Tube Socks
4:17 $0.99
8. You Know It
3:50 $0.99
9. The Verdict
6:02 $0.99
10. Love Bus
3:57 $0.99
11. Jeep
5:26 $0.99
12. A Year's Journey
3:55 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Occasionally experimentation with new names reveals a hidden gem. Tautologic is one such case in point, where each and every track has had me completely blown away... music can be best defined as eclectic progressive rock with a healthy dose of folk rock with the group described as a cross between early Genesis, early Fairport Convention and a healthy dose of Stackridge. Basically the group sound very very British though they hail from Chicago, very late sixties stuff.... When considering that this is a debut album, the promise is great. Musically Tautologic have a lot to offer and are an extremely tight professional outfit."
-Nigel Camilleri, The Dutch Progressive Rock Page

"Tautologic brings a new twist to orchestral pop, melding a wide variety of musical styles with classical arrangements. Ethan Sellers sings in a Styx-like, operatic voice about everyday occurrences and topics, while a mini orchestra peppers each song with intriguing and often lovely, violins, cello, and keyboards. For example, on the folksy "Jim's Home Brew," he sings about his friend's beer recipe, while Jen Justice's pretty backing vocals, catchy piano, and charming strings flow throughout. The band also tackles psychedelica ("Hype Dark"), Celtic ("Glasgow Smile"), funk ("Love Bus"), space rock ("Tube Socks"), and classical pop ("Lazy Sundays," my favorite track), while Justice contributes gorgeous lead vocals to "The House Song." It sounds strange on paper, but the results satisfy more often than not. Thanks to Sellers's and Pat Buzby's songwriting talents and string arrangements, this debut is an impressive, if slightly twisted, modern-day "rock" opera."
-Mark Suppanz, The Big Takeover

"There are not many heirs to Gentle Giant. This American band (a duo!) is paradoxically very close to the very British outfit... the music is more pop oriented by the format, often in the way of the Beatles ('Eleanor Rigby') or chamber music influenced... A great debut..."
-RR, Acid Dragon

"With its tightly scripted string arrangements and ambitious intelligence, Tautologic... is among the city's most original acts. This brilliantly sequenced, $15,000 independent album opens playfully and ominously with a complicated instrumental bit of modern orchestral dissonance, which then gives way to Sgt. Pepperesque, psychedelic Beatleism... The melodies have a distinctly traditional folk feeling, shaped by the apt use of classic meters (these guys have obviously been successfully exposed to the Great Books at University of Chicago)."
-Darryl Cater, ChicagoGigs.com

"A 'tautology' is defined as needless repetition of an idea in different words, which points to this very interesting band's wryly self-effacing sense of humor. Consisting of Ethan Sellers on vocals, keyboards, and guitar, and Pat Buzby on drums and keyboards, the duo is assisted by a variety of other musicians, most often a small string section.

As if to illustrate the disorientation of the album's title, they open with a string trio figure that eventually widens and falls apart - classical space music? 'Hype Dark' follows, with a great chorus, plus harmonies and voice processing reminiscent of the United States of America.

The strings expand to a quartet for the charging 'Glasgow Smile,'and viola player Jen Justice vocally backdrops another great set of chord changes on 'Jim's Home Brew.' The Beatles-esque sense of invention on 'Lazy Sundays' extends to the general spirit of this album, which often is redolent of late-1960s underground radio... overall, this is a very auspicious debut."
- Larry Nai, Progression, Summer/Fall 2000

"It's a roaring fire and two glasses of wine type sound, though not limited to such intimacies. Tautologic can hold their own with Chicago's best, as evident at their album debut at Elbo Room in June."
- Centerstage Chicago's "Who's Who in Chicago Music"

"Tautologic: On its debut CD, West is North, East is South, the ambitious Chicago trio offers modernist compositions for strings, pastiches of Beatles psychedelia, Celtic rock and the kitchen sink. Friday, May 19, Tasting Room."
- Shepherd Express Metro 5/18/2000 "A List May 18-24

"Serving up a prog-influenced mixture of rock and classical music, with some worldly jazz thrown in for variety, Tautologic has the unusual lyrics to match its unpredictable sound."
- The Onion A.V. Club 18-24 May 2000 "Picks"

"With their eclectic images and down-to-earth metaphors ("Are all humans like white tube socks?"), Hyde Park band Tautologic's music is somewhere between Shakespearean poetry and punk rock."
- Liss Palamkumnel, Chicago Weekly News

"From lyrics about race relations in Hyde Park to a Hyde Park bus where the driver says 'Welcome to the love bus,' there is always a Hyde Park component to this music... While the new compilation of songs from 'Hype Dark' to 'Love Bus' can be quite artsy at times with a pop-music-feel chiming in through cello and violin, any Hyde Parker can easily understand the inspiration to these songs."
- Jennifer Fortney, Hyde Park Herald

"...idiosyncratic..." -The Isthmus 7/21/2000 "Critics' Choice"



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