We Are Tall Order
An odd expression “tall order”. Why would an order be tall? Seems like it derives from largely forgotten uses of the word “tall” meaning difficult
As World Wide Words has it “Tall is one of those curious words, like nice, that has had more meanings down the centuries than you can shake a stick at. Back in Anglo-Saxon times it meant swift or prompt, and later on it variously had senses of fine, handsome, bold, strong, brave, skilful and a good fighter. It was only in the sixteenth century that it started to mean somebody or something physically higher than normal. (Even now, we can speak of somebody being five feet tall, in which tall means having a specified height, not being of more than average height.)
Sometime in the seventeenth century, tall started to mean something grandiloquent or high-flown, an obvious enough extension from the — by then — usual meaning. A little later, certainly by the 1840s, Americans had started to use it for something exaggerated or highly coloured, as in phrases like tall stories or tall writing. It’s closely connected with tall order, something that is thought to be hard to achieve.”
All fine and dandy. But what about We Are Tall Order? They are duo DJ and Music Producer Michael McNeill and VJ Chris Dodds. They describe their stuff as “primitive cave rave dance with predominately beat heavy tracks layered with danceable rhythms.” You wot? Be that as it may, their Identity EP is out now on Opto Digital.
Identity starts as a chugging house track but after 1.30 you notice your heads nodding at the classy 90s-style dark techno sounds and the evil way the synthy bassline has wormed its evil way into your unsuspecting heart. This is club music at its best. DJ Chuggs offers a remix that’s a bit stripped back in a kind of Dub version. But it loses a touch of insistence in the process. The final track, Merger, is a bit more Afro tech but still nicely dark and enveloping.