Some things Jimmy Tamborello, aka Dntel worries about: car accidents, cancer, being kidnapped and tortured, the death of friends and family, never having another girlfriend, the house catching on fire, drowning, earthquakes, stray dogs, schizophrenia, etc. etc. Life Is Full Of Possibilities.
Dntel comforts himself by combining melancholy melodies with an assortment of electronic production styles, as well as enlisting friends to add vocals and guitar on some tracks. The results range from Timbaland inspired minimal techno to pop songs buried in static, cut-up acoustic guitars, sampled symphonies struggling to find somewhere to settle, found sound and blissed-out drones. This album includes vocal contributions from Chris Gunst (Beachwood Sparks, ex-Strictly Ballroom), Mia Doi Todd (solo artist, City Zen records), Meredith Figurine (Figurine), Rachel Haden (solo artist, ex-That Dog), and Benjamin Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), plus guitar by Paul Larson (Athalia, ex-Strictly Ballroom) and Brian McMahan (The For Carnation, ex-Slint).
Jimmy Tamborello started working as Dntel in 1994. A collection of tracks created between 1995-1997 (Early Works For Me If It Works For You) was released on the Phthalo label in 1999, followed by the release of an E.P. recorded in 1994 (Something Always Goes Wrong) in 2000. After contributing a song to Plug Research's Voices In My Lunchbox compilation he was invited to do a full length for the label, preceded by a 12" E.P. (Anywhere Anyone).
Tamborello was a member of the guitar based "Eno-core" group Strictly Ballroom and is currently 1/3 of the technopop group Figurine, who has a new record ready to be released on the New York pop label March records. In the past he has also served short stints in SoCal pop groups Further and The Tyde. Over the years he has released music on Plug Research, Phthalo, March, Darla, Blackbean & Placenta, ~Scape, 555, Sub Pop, Fierce Panda, Waxploitation, Thousand, Motorway, Monika, Q Tape, Elefant, Invicta Hi-Fi, tbtmo, Chocolat Art Returns, Silent, Little Red Square and Visible.