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From Bone to Satellite

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  • Audio CD (January 30, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Temporary Residence
  • ASIN: B000056K00
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #479,231 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By M. Starr on January 26, 2001
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On the inside cover of Tarentel's beautifully produced debut album, From Bone to Satellite, there is a stunning (yet blurry) photograph of the isolated Southwest desert taken by San Francisco photographer Dianne Jones. The blurriness is apparently due to the fact that the photo was taken from inside a moving car. It's also apparent through this photo that the band knew precisely what they were trying to capture with these five lengthy songs.

More interesting is how the band chose the title for the album. From Bone to Satellite refers to the moment in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey where the apes throw their bones in the air only to have the scene immediately cut to outer space. It is in this act of transition that the movie (like the music in this album) shifts ideas.

There is a bit of symbolism to the album's title. Although there are images of the desert, there are also references in the song titles to outer space; more specifically, a fascination with astronomy. "For Carl Sagan," is a dedication to the notorious astronomer who promoted the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence. "Ursa Minor, Ursa Major," refers to the constellation of stars we call the little and big dipper.

The music and artwork do a great job coexisting together. Several minutes into the orgasmic opener, "Steede Bonnet," we find a band that, like many other post-rock outfits, start off slow and subdued only to swell into something much richer and ostentatious. With the use of the Fender Rhodes piano and lap steel guitar, "Steede Bonnet" is every bit as fresh and relevant today as it was nearly six years ago.

Tarentel seamlessly changes style when the second song, "When We Almost Killed Ourselves," explodes with spacey prog-rock effects.
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It might be considered long winded, or even "boring" by some, but Tarentel's debut stands high in the no-frills post rock category, delivering 74 minutes of soil to space in equal soft and loud measure. Before the need to be different overrode emotional context with the group, a rarely seen restraint, even in this instrumental genre, separated FBTS from their peers. For fans of sonically soothing trips, let us hope the group remembers what it did so effectively in the first place.
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Tarentel's music is amazing; it is deceptively simple and always builds to a place you may have been before, but never really remembered until Tarentel took you back...
This is their most powerful release because it is so unrestrained and raw. All of their cds are essential listening, however. I count them to be the best thing going from the SF Bay Area, and I'm glad they're still playing shows.
This cd is built around guitars while their later release features strings and a more quiet beauty; the jams on this disk are much louder, however, and definitely rocking.
This is one band I can say that is NOT ripping off other bands or trends of the moment; similarities may exist, but they have defined their own sound, one that is as emotional as it is original.
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i feel obligatd to write a review cause the other guy that wrote one made me not want to get this album. im happy i did though. tarentel DO have similarities to bands like godspeed you black emperor! and do make say think, however, the one obvious difference is that tarentel do not possess a string section. therefore, theyre quite a bit more moody than other bands of this sort, lots of hooks and tempo changes show up out of nowhere and leave you wondering 'where in the f**k did that come from?' tarentel are much more cinematic than most bands of this nature, as the music sounds like it was written for some depressing, black and white western film about a cowboy who begins a heroin addiction and paints the wall of his room with skull fragments and grey matter. this album is not totally light, they are still a rock band, and more so than most epic instrumental bands, so they know how to write a damned skippy loud part. just get the album and spark up a doob. you wont be sorry.
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If you've never heard the songs "Steede Bonnet" or "For Carl Sagan", then you are truly missing out. The album is packed with dramatic, emotional, mind-wandering bliss. If you are of the introspective/reflective/contemplative type, then playing this music amidst a late night drive with only the stars or moonlight to guide you, could seriously help to answer the question, "Where do we go from here?"
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