Taurpis Tula is the trio of Heather Leigh Murray (vocals, harmonica), David Keenan (guitar) and Alex Neilson (drums), and their second full-length, ?Cadillac Sitting Like A Ton Of Lead?, has to be one of the best freak-out rock records I?ve heard this year. The two side-long improvised tracks on this album are forceful like a tunnel boring machine driven into a mountain. Unleashed powers and precision combine to make sure that, strangely enough, ?Judas the Lion? and ?This Narrow Way? never get lost inside the mountain. The excavated soil of Taurpis Tula?s boring mission is full of splinters of metal and blues. The second track, which hints at a tunnel in its very title, shreds some classic rock as well. Outrageous.
The lovely artwork with individually silkscreened sleeves and insert is one of the best I?ve seen in a long time. Executed by Heather Leigh, the drawings look as if they were done in ink.
Sumptuous patterns are laid out in great detail and placed within a white abstract (non-)space to become enigmatic shapes. Both exuberant and minimal, Leighs art seems to me like a very abstract take on the illustrations of Aubrey Beardsley. Taurpis Tula?s pieces are not quite so elegant, but make for an appropriate listen while you get entangled in its intricate lines and shapes. 7/10 -- Jan-Arne Sohns (7 November, 2007)