Sherpa The Tiger are a new entity from Lviv, Ukraine who recently announced that they will be releasing their debut LP Great Vowel Shift on 18th May on Fuzz Club Records. With an arsenal of decrepit Soviet synthesisers, the four-piece combine a love of minimalist ambient music and the kosmische grooves that came pumping out of Eastern Europe in the 60s/70s. There are two sides to Sherpa The Tiger, there’s the danceable groove-ridden cuts that channel the funkier repetitions of CAN and then there’s the more stripped-back moments, which see cosmic ambient deconstructions that could easily have found themselves on the score of some kind of 80s crime-thriller set against the neon-lit backdrop of Miami.
Sherpa The Tiger was originally conceived by long-time friends Artem Bemba (bass/guitar/keys) and Andrii Davydenk (keys/programming). The pair lived together in an apartment in Lviv before deciding to start making music to give themselves something to do when stuck inside. Andrii explains: “The band was started as a home-studio project between me and Artem. After the actual songwriting and pre-production, we invited our friends from university Yurji Khomik [drums] and Mykhailo Kanafotskyi [guitar] to come and help us recreate the songs in the studio and play all the stuff live.”
To whet the appetite, they have released ‘Periscope’ which combines minimalist ambient pop with funky krautrock grooves, perfect for sunny weather listening; the vibrant track hits all the right grooves in all the right places.