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Heavy Mood

Tilly and the Wall

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iTunes Editors’ Notes

On Heavy Mood, Tilly & The Wall go widescreen with their message of self-liberation, evoking everything from ‘60s girl-group sounds to ‘80s Britpop while keeping true to their outsider spirit. From the start, the Omaha-bred combo has spoken up for alienated youth with a cheeky, chain-yanking sense of rebellion. The title tune rides a souped-up Motown groove to drive home its assertions of freedom, while the rousing “Love Riot” fuses twang-laden guitar with tribal rhythms. There are anthems galore here, with “Thicker Than Thieves” (an ode to female solidarity set to an electronic beat) and “Defenders” (an urgent war cry matched with a children’s choir) striking particularly stirring notes. Things cool down on ballads like the sleek “Echo My Love” and the echo-bathed “Hey Rainbow,” balancing spikier tracks like the sweet yet menacing “All Kinds of Guns.” Whether ruminating or celebrating, Tilly & The Wall don’t lose their quirky cachet or commitment to shameless melodic hooks. Heavy Mood teases and tweaks the listener, but ultimately it delivers as mind-expanding, body-grabbing music.

Customer Reviews

Give me a break

Don't listen to the main review. I liked Tilly and the Wall when it was all tap dancing, and I still love what I hear. Still has an energetic spirit, just a logical artistic progression. I think there will naturally be skepticism because it's from a band with such a signature beginning sound. If this were any other band I think people would be cooing over it.

Finding a thicker following

I think this group has a lot of potential in attracting a larger following and creating easier to enjoy music if they were to follow one of the root geanre's they're attempting to mix. If this isn't what they want that's fine too, but I feel geanre's are more than labels record stores place on cd's. It's more of finding a root emotion and playing to it. Mixing the two just isn't working here.

Personally I'd rather hear a less enhanced version of this cd with clear vocals and straight instruments, mistakes and all. We're human and our own musical flaws have a beauty to them.

Tilly

I have been a huge fan of Tilly and the Wall for eight years; my first experience of them being when they opened for Rilo Kiley in Portland in 2004. They had just released Wild Like Children. I loved their pure joy at performing & their music was amazing. I bought their album at the show & was delighted with it, & every album since. I was worried about the drum addition with o, but it still sounds like Tilly, just more so. They have evolved & incorporated new elements in a smart way while still maintaining their essence, which unfortunately, Rilo Kiley couldn't manage with their last album. I know purists do not care for change, but every band grows in sound, as the band members grow. It's unavoidable. If they kept doing the same thing, then people would get bored. This new album is the most elaborate yet, but still immensely enjoyable. This is because the music the band creates still follows their original principle, make music that people can just enjoy. Dance, love, laugh, & feel the music. Tilly and the Wall may not be what they once were, but no one is. They've just given us more to love.

Biography

Formed: 2001 in Omaha, NE

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Hailing from the musical hotbed of Omaha, Nebraska, the indie pop anomaly Tilly and the Wall formed in 2001 out of the ashes of several groups — including Conor Oberst's pre-Bright Eyes endeavor, Park Avenue — and gained some underground recognition for their unorthodox approach to percussion, forsaking the traditional drum kit for the amplified tap shoes of dancer Jamie Williams (as well as hand percussion supplied by vocalists Neely Jenkins and Kianna Alarid). Rounded out by guitarist/vocalist...
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