Tanlines Debut With ‘Mixed Emotions’


Mixed Emotions, the debut album from Brooklyn-based production duo [lastfm]Tanlines[/lastfm], was almost called “;(” (pronounced, “winky-sad”). Thanks to someone’s fore-thinking, that title was nixed and this reviewer has been saved from using the phrase “winky-sad” more than once (wait, dammit…). Considering an emoticon as a the name of a record is not only off-putting, but a tell-tale sign of the irony decorating the music therein. Eric Emm and Jesse Cohen come from a background of guitar-based rock music and as [lastfm]Tanlines[/lastfm] concocted synth-based rock music, referencing both [lastfm]The Joy Division[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Blondie[/lastfm] at once.


[lastfm]Tanlines[/lastfm] orchestrate sounds not uncommon among the recent synth-pop-cum-guitar trend that the duo’s birthplace, Brookyln, has fostered over the past decade. “Green Grass” couples a driving rhythm with chants almost like early [lastfm]Peter Gabriel[/lastfm], the vocals otherwise never abandoning a thick monotone that encourages a certain kind of shuffle. “Real Life” employs West African vocal inflections (and a plethora of hand drums) much like [lastfm]Paul Simon[/lastfm] – and this generation’s [lastfm]Vampire Weekend[/lastfm] – has done so successfully in the past. So much of the aesthetic adopted by [lastfm]Tanlines[/lastfm] dates back to the 80′s and no matter what advances time has bestowed to musicians, Emm and Cohen don’t care. They want their Casio synths and Linn drums; away with those fancy VSTs and MPCs! Tanlines went for the vintage pop of their childhood, and have successfully recreated just that – 80′s pop music for the nostalgia heads.




[lastfm]Tanlines[/lastfm] – Mixed Emotions (True Panther)
Metacritic Score: 71
Buy: True Panther
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Track list:
1. Brothers
2. All Of Me
3. Green Grass
4. Abby
5. yes Way
6. Not The Same
7. Lost Somewhere
8. Real Life
9. Rain Delay
10. Cactus
11. Nonesuch

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