“A good song transcends production trends. That’s what we were missing, and I wanted to start making songs that would have a life of their own.”
Nostalgia. It’s an interesting concept completely unique to each of us. It can be anything – a sight, a scent, a sound, a touch – and we are swept away with memories of the past and a longing for something that’s now missing. Music has always had a way of inspiring moments like this for me. I tend to associate songs with different periods of my life – every girl I’ve dated, or even had feelings about for that matter, has a song that reminds me of them. I have songs and albums I associate with high school and college, and even remember certain memories based upon a song playing at the same time. This, I think, is normal. But the best nostalgic trips are when I hear something completely new and am taken back…as if, I was waiting for this song the whole time. It completes the picture, so to speak.
Tanlines, the electronic duo of Eric Emm and Jesse Cohen, dropped the first track from their forthcoming album Mixed Emotions entitled “Brothers” earlier this month. While the album will be the band’s first official debut US release, they have been around for a few years. Their first collection of songs, Volume On, was a European-only issue and they did open for Julian Casablancas during a leg of his solo tour in 2009, so it’s not as if these two just started making music. The sound on “Brothers” isn’t so much something completely new as it is the maturation of the duo’s craft.
“Brothers” is a lively track comprised of an afro-beat, warm synths, an 80’s vibe, and a spoonful of that nostalgia I was discussing earlier. It’s completely danceable, yet utterly listenable. Eric’s vocals tread in the perfect range allowing for the beat to work its magic and lift up the listener.
You’re Just the Same As You Ever Were,
You Fighting and You Wonder Why It Makes No Sense.
I’m Just the Same as I’ve Ever Been,
But I’m the Only One Who Doesn’t Notice It.
Much like the band’s sound, the song is ultimately about the struggles in growing up. The conflict between staying true to ourselves and adapting to the new challenges and wants we have as we age is the bitch about life. But this song, while it brings about that for me, brings about the right mix of nostalgia for the past and eagerness for the present. Turn the volume way up, and let loose. You’re alive. Enjoy it.
Mixed Emotions is due out 3-20-12 on True Panther Records.
Written by Greg Dahman
In September, Secretly Canadian’s The War on Drugs were on tour in Copenhagen when they linked up for a video shoot with They Shoot Music. The result was a semi-acoustic set in the dimly lit backyard of Christianshavn School. The up-and-coming Philadelphia band offers up a delicious, stripped-down version of “Brothers.” Watch below.
Read our review of their debut album Slave Ambient: HERE.
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Written by Rob Peoni