Metal Rouge, Scott Tuma & Mike Weis, Mako Sica | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Metal Rouge, Scott Tuma & Mike Weis, Mako Sica Critic's Choice Recommended Soundboard

When: Tue., Sept. 2, 9:30 p.m. 2008

Scott Tuma isn’t shy about taking his time. Not for Nobody (Digitalis), his first solo CD in five years, only gives the impression of haste on the few tracks where he sped up the tape to create not-of-this-world vocal and instrumental timbres. Generally his acoustic fingerpicking proceeds so slowly that I can imagine an Amish buggy driver stuck behind one of his melodies, and his pieces for pump organ could lose a downhill race with a glacier. But if you throttle back your metabolism to match theirs, his lyrical, gradually unfolding tunes yield rich rewards—it’s like watching a real sunset instead of an accelerated one on TV. For the upcoming LP Taradiddle (Digitalis), Tuma worked with Zelienople percussionist Mike Weis, who also plays with him in Good Stuff House, but notwithstanding the conventional wisdom about drummers, Weis’s contributions increase the depth of the music rather than its pace. His cymbals add a flickering aura to the delicate melody of “Soire,” and his solitary drumbeats, barely-there scrapes, and isolated piano notes bring the hovering drone of “Unearthed” into sharp focus. —Bill Meyer

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