Mixed Emotions (Bonus Track Version) by Tanlines on Apple Music

12 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Following up a well-received debut EP, the Brooklyn duo Tanlines offer a distinctive fusion of electro-pop and Third World rhythms on Mixed Emotions, their first proper album. Eric Emm and Jesse Cohen manage to invoke the cool techno spirit of Depeche Mode and Erasure, with touches of Vampire Weekend’s bubbly charm evident as well. Backing up the duo’s knack for creating catchy keyboard textures is their lyrics' yearning emotions, captured in Emm’s plaintive, angst-tinged vocals. The album's songs obsess over the need for personal change: tracks like “Real Life” (driven by clattering timbales) and “Brothers” (drenched in ‘80s-style synthesizer gloss) are imbued with a soul-deep restlessness. The heavier aspects of Tanlines’ themes are balanced by the music's uplifting rush, whether the grooves are hard-charging (as in “Green Grass”) or in a balmy West Indian vein (“Cactus”). “All of Me” and “Yes Way” show the duo’s ability to craft dance floor hits; “Rain Delay” and “Nonesuch” prove them equally adept at darker, introspective excursions.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Following up a well-received debut EP, the Brooklyn duo Tanlines offer a distinctive fusion of electro-pop and Third World rhythms on Mixed Emotions, their first proper album. Eric Emm and Jesse Cohen manage to invoke the cool techno spirit of Depeche Mode and Erasure, with touches of Vampire Weekend’s bubbly charm evident as well. Backing up the duo’s knack for creating catchy keyboard textures is their lyrics' yearning emotions, captured in Emm’s plaintive, angst-tinged vocals. The album's songs obsess over the need for personal change: tracks like “Real Life” (driven by clattering timbales) and “Brothers” (drenched in ‘80s-style synthesizer gloss) are imbued with a soul-deep restlessness. The heavier aspects of Tanlines’ themes are balanced by the music's uplifting rush, whether the grooves are hard-charging (as in “Green Grass”) or in a balmy West Indian vein (“Cactus”). “All of Me” and “Yes Way” show the duo’s ability to craft dance floor hits; “Rain Delay” and “Nonesuch” prove them equally adept at darker, introspective excursions.

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About Tanlines

Riding the line between Battles' proggy electro jams and Vampire Weekend’s tropical pop, Brooklyn duo Tanlines started as a remix project by Eric Emm (Don Caballero, Storm & Stress, Brothers) and Jesse Cohen (Professor Murder) that involved friends singing over their music. It evolved quickly into a band, with Emm taking the frontman role and singing for the majority of their debut EP, Settings, which was released in March of 2010 on True Panther. After returning from a European tour supporting the record, the duo found that the building that housed their home studio had been sold, which lent the sessions for their first album a poignant gravity and the music reflected the displacement and subsequent maturation of the band. The resulting Mixed Emotions was mixed by Jimmy Douglass (Timbaland, Roxy Music, Aaliyah) and released in early 2012 on True Panther. Their follow-up LP Highlights arrived in 2015. ~ Jason Lymangrover

  • ORIGIN
    Brooklyn, NY
  • FORMED
    2008

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