“Formed in 2013, Merlin Tonto (Owen Thomas (electronics), Miles Boyd (bass) and Stefan Eliades (drums) combine a patient, ever building, subliminal connection in the rhythm section with Owen’s virtuoso manipulation of electronics and visual interpretations of the band’s otherwordly sounds. It was clear from early performances that this was the genesis of a special band and their brilliance as a live act has seen them support bands as varied as Errors, Disappears, Esben & The Witch and Follakzoid.
First release, the ‘Tano Dragon’ EP showcased a fantastic flair for merging the sounds of the contemporary dance floor with decidedly human sounding percussion and bass, as if Carl Craig visited Cologne ’72. Their as yet unreleased EP, due out in early 2016, moves things forward significantly, recalling at various times Factory Floor, ESG and Leftfield. It’s all done in their idiosyncratic way, the music is never in a hurry to get anywhere, their restraint meaning the joy is as much in the journey as the destination.”
“A childlike sound-world hides a slightly unnerving, psychedelic undertone, simultaneously pleasing restless feet and hazy minds.”
VCOADSR (pronounced phonetically “vee-see-oh-ay-dee-ess-arr