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Tarentel's sense of place is both concrete and amorphous, suggesting landscapes that are simultaneously familiar and alien, solid and shifting, glacial and arid. The band layers delicate, repetitive guitar grooves, computer blurbs, and found sounds into their dense and well-crafted productions to create infinite dramas in every song. Visitors to Tarentel's aural realm will be rewarded each time they listen to these tracks, as there is always some new sound to focus on, something new to discover.

Looking for Things, Searching for Things and Two Sides of Myself are out-of-print vinyl-only singles released in Europe. These records served as followups to a series of domestic EPs and their first full-length album, From Bone to Satellite, released in early 2000 on Temporary Residence Limited. In addition, Epitonic is proud to present one of Tarentel's legendary live performances, recorded at San Francisco's Bottom of the Hill.

In late 2001 Tarentel released their second full-length, The Order of Things, named after Michel Foucault's examination of the history of human sciences. The title is fitting, as this record found Tarentel exploring new and uncharted territory. Most notably, the group introduced the vocals of Wendy Allen (The Court and Spark, Boxharp) to their work. They also brought on a string section, brass instruments, a church organ, a laptop, and numerous field recordings. "Popul Vuh," a tribute to the band of the same name, is an instrumental full of beauty and emotional intensity, demonstrating Tarentel's unique ability to change and improve with each release.