Written by Emily Ford

Friday, June 30, the talented local artists that form the electro/funk/hip-hop group, Tnertle, take the stage at Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox in Denver to debut their latest EP, Monsters Out West. I had the opportunity to preview the new EP and here is my review:

This four track EP took me by surprise, as do all of Tnertle’s tracks really, because each time I hear them I always seem to underestimate the subtle nature of their hugely powerful sound. On “Monsters Out West,” the (sometimes) 8 member ensemble continues to build off the success of their previous releases with a distinct and more blaring edge than anything they’re released thus far.

On the first single, Clouds, producer Trent Campbell shines with an array of jagged synth patches that propel the tune into a lyrical party anthem. With a fair amount of hyphy progressions, the sample aptly sets up the second half of the EP, leaving you wanting more. The only critique I could possibly offer is this; you’ve got to give the people more, four crisply-produced tracks just isn’t enough!

Tnertle is a band that harmoniously blends genres while highlighting their extensive musical prowess through layers of epic soundscapes. This EP specifically was mixed remarkably well, giving them that “large ensemble” sound that translates great both live and produced. Their seamless transitions between tracks and deliberate melding of electronic, brass, and hip-hop is truly a talent to be revered.

Tnertle brings a little something for everyone and this EP is a great example of the variety that they often deliver. “Monsters Out West” offers symphonic brass, progressive hip-hop lyrics, funky electronic synths, and flat out dance-worthy melodic bass. Tnertle takes it to another level by mixing their bold and robust brass sounds while integrating them seamlessly into an orchestrated electronic groove. A perfect balance if you will.

Along with their album release party in Denver, the band heads on tour throughout Colorado this Summer:

7.13: Hodi’s Half Note in Fort Collins

7.14: The Historic Brown in Breckenridge

7.15: Old Town Pub in Steamboat Springs

8.4 – 8.6: Arise Music Festival in Loveland

8.23: Cervantes Other Side in Denver