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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.

Customer Reviews

Where have you been all my life?

Maybe they have been around forever and I have just been oblivious or they just came out, no matter the case, I think I am in love with this band! its a shame I only have $1.34 on my gift card or I'd get the whole cd!!

Soundtrack of the summer.

Not The Same and Real Life forever.

long live 80s music!

I recently saw these guys at SXSW and they put on an incredible show. They're fun to watch and insanely talented. Buy their album and if you get the opportunity, don't miss a chance to see them live. Above all, they are a couple of very nice and humble guys...what's not to like?


Born: 2008 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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...
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