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Noise Around Me

by Tiger Baby

Indie-dancey-dreamy-synthpop.
Genre: Electronic: Pop Crossover
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2. Girlfriend
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3. Parkova
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4. In Your Heart
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5. At Least I'm Honest
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6. Moved Me
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7. Just for a Day
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8. Bosphorus Bridge
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9. Prolusion
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10. Magic M
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11. Love Will Tear Us Apart
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Noise Around Me" is a bit more synthpop and darker than the debut "Lost In You." Atmospheric yet dancey, recalling a sexually charged Saint Etienne, Ladytron, or a slinkier Dot Allison, Tiger Baby captures the dancier essence of synthpop on their new album. They mix the sexiness of underground European dance clubs adding a universal mainstream appeal.

Tiger Baby was formed by Benjamin Teglbjærg and Nikolaj Gregersen in Copenhagen in 1999 after their split up with the indie pop band ‘Polytone'. A note on a blackboard at the University of Copenhagen brought the two together with Pernille Pang, who since then has made up the third part of the band as the lead singer and lyric composer.

In 2004 the debut album "Lost In You" was released. During the summer 2004 Tiger Baby's first single 'Chinese Fairytale' rotated steadily on Danish radio and was among other things used as a jingle on Danish National TV. In October 2004 the band took part in the yearly reoccurring music festival CMJ in New York, and the second single 'Sweetheart' became "Ugens Uundgåelige" - the most played song of the week on Danish National Radio P3. In December the legendary Danish label Cloudland Records released Tiger Baby's Christmas song ‘This Christmas'. During December the song rotated on the Danish National Radio and was used in a campaign from the Danish cancer organisation ‘Kræftens Bekæmpelse' on Danish TV.

In 2005 the song ‘Chinese Fairytale’ appeared on the soundtrack of the MTV-nominated, Indonesian film ‘Catatan Akhir Sekolah’.

In 2006 the second Tiger Baby album 'Noise Around Me' was released on May 23 in the USA on Souvenir Records. Tiger Baby also contributed a cover version of ‘Strangelove’ to the Danish Depeche Mode tribute-album ‘DMDK’, which was released February 27th in Denmark by Bonnier Amigo. In March Tiger Baby’s new single ‘At Least I’m Honest’ was introduced on Danish National Radio’s P3, and ‘Lost in You’ was released in Indonesia by Fast Forward Records.


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Topi Komulainen


CD was good,there is many good songs that you can listen all night long:)

Philipp

Great music!
This is one of the most interesting albums of the last months. Electronic music at its best!

Andrew Mead

Like a perfect cross between St Etienne and Kylie
Dreamy perfect euro-pop sung in a breathy voice with 6 very dancey tracks my favorite is Moved Me.I really cant understand how they are not more famous outside of Denmark.With Kylie out of action until 07 this more than fills the gap.

Tom Dimovski

Totally Awesome
Great stuff, nearly everysong is fantastic, mix between Ladytron meets Saint Etienne meets I am The World Trade Center. This band deserves to be supported, I'm trying to spread the word in Australia.

Stefanie

An amazing album...I find it to be the feel good album of the summer

Dean Ramos


Despite the fact that the realm of retro-dance-synthpop has gotten a bit congested over the years, it doesn’t look like the onslaught of synthesizer-heavy bands is going to come to an end anytime soon. Throwing their hat into this already crowded ring is Denmark’s Tiger Baby and with their latest album, Noise Around Me, they prove there’s always room for one more.

While a lot of other bands out there either go for an indie rock sound laced heavily with electronic beats or a straight-up ‘80s new wave vibe, there’s an enigmatic sort of sexiness to Noise Around Me that’s unique to Tiger Baby alone that (not surprisingly) sounds great on the dance floor. Two prime examples are “Girlfriend” and “Moved Me,” whose mirror ball leanings are obvious.

That’s not to say that this trio from Copenhagen isn’t at least a little under the influence of the Reagan-era, though. Besides the Erasure-like “Prolusion,” and the New Order-ish “Just For A Day,” there’s the US-only bonus track — one of the most covered songs in recent years — Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart.” What could easily be perceived as blatant pandering instead comes off as a respectful homage, as a decades-old classic is, once again, reinterpreted for the 21st century.

Overall, Noise Around Me is impressive if for no other reason than it manages to stand out in a crowd that almost seems to pride itself on its homogeneousness. With their mysterious sultriness and new spins on old classics, Tiger Baby, while hardly groundbreaking, deserves nearly every bit the attention as the artists that have influenced them.

Dan Raper


Wouldn’t the name Tiger Baby be a great nickname for your girlfriend? An old friend of mine used to run around in these green Pumas saying they were her ‘powerful shoes’, shoes that used to make her feel powerful. Your tiger baby would be the same: strong, competent, complete—sexy through confidence. Tiger Baby, a Danish trio that specializes in mid-tempo, commercial synthpop, attempts to capture this confident sexiness; the result is not so much sensuality as alienation, as if to say No matter how beautiful you are on the surface, no matter how powerful your shoes, there are certain pains still cut to the heart.

If nothing else, Scandinavian bands are good for writing biography paragraphs, and Tiger Baby is no different. The band members have the evocative names of Pernille Pang, Benjamin Teglbjaerg and Nikolaj Gregersen—the former, the lead vocalist and requisite cover-art beauty; the latter two producers previously in Danish indie group Polytone. The group formed in 1999, but didn’t release their debut album, Lost in You, until 2004. From what I have heard of it, the album was firmly on the pop side of commercial dance, the kind of tunes that are made for car commercials or for party scenes in teen TV dramas.

Noise Around Me, the group’s second album, turns to darker waters for inspiration, and while still firmly synthpop, there is much more of New Order’s darkness here. The vocals are still light and airy, like Allison Goldfrapp, and there’s plenty of treble synths and string melodies to satisfy your commercial ear; but the intensity has been turned up. You could think of the band’s sound as a darker, less experimental version of fellow-Scandinavian, Annie.

The increased emphasis on the bass doesn’t always work in the home listening environment. The sound becomes squelchy if your speakers cannot handle the bass—it’s an ugly sound, and it intrudes on the experience of listening to these songs, particularly on “Girlfriend” and “At Least I’m Honest”. But it’s easy to imagine hearing this on a larger sound system, of the bass being the most appealing aspect. A bigger problem is that this darker, bass-heavy sound doesn’t always match the songs themselves ("Moved Me” is a notable example). The vocals seem at times laid over the top of the interesting synthpop beats, rather than organically growing out of the texture as is the case on the best dance tracks (or where, as with Annie’s best songs, the music seems to echo her wispy voice).

Still, Noise Around Me packs in a number of strong synthpop numbers and, at 35 minutes, is wise not to outstay its welcome. “At Least I’m Honest” takes New Order and turns it into a catchy synthpop ditty. “Parkova” is a classic commercial dance melody, with swirling synths that spiral out of control, as if the steady, pattering snare can’t quite hold the syncopated, atonal harmonics in place. “Prolusion” sounds like a late ‘90s trance anthem, slowed down to 3/4 speed. And slower tracks such as “Bosphorous Bridge” and “Magic M” prove the band is just as successful at down-tempo electronica (in the vein of Sneaker Pimps).

Surprisingly, the U.S.-only bonus cover of “Love Will Tear Us Apart” is one of the strongest tracks. Among female vocal electronic covers of the song, Tiger Baby certainly beats Nouvelle Vague: the song doesn’t feel like it’s attempting to bring a sensuality the original is devoid of, and Pang’s ethereal voice perfectly communicates the dissociation of the famous chorus: “love will tear us apart again”.

The way Pang’s voice communicates alienation is really the biggest reason to seek out Tiger Baby. The mismatch, when done right, is mesmerizing; listened to on the right equipment, the effect could be extremely agreeable. Not sublime, though; these songs are too genre-specific to have the appeal of Ladytron or Annie, and the band hasn’t embraced darkness with quite the same sophistication as The Knife. Tiger Baby may not be the most powerful or innovative force in commercial dance, but they have created a solid, engaging album that is consistently enjoyable.

Salvatore Mono

A beautiful voice for a salty sound
A tear brings me to a land where sad dancing bodies shaked by warm waves are swimming in a noisy water full of thirsty sounds. Crystals are everywhere!