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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

Retro goodness

Had the opportunity to watch these guys at Outside Lands and I must say these two know how to put on a fun and bouncy live show. Their style really takes me back to my childhood in the 80's with their new-wave-retro-licious-ness!

Album of the year.

Buy this album.go out and buy a physical indie artists.Seriously, this a awesome album. This is one of those albums you can hear from start to finish and be like whoa that was good. I missed them at the echo in silverlake but I'll make sure I see them next time. Just put some food headphones on(not beats) relax and take in the music. Oh and if you feel like it... SING!

Simply great

Simply great. This is indeed a listen all the way trough album, has a sound that mixes great aspects from the last couple decades into an album that is original but familiar at the same time. Each song is unique and the album blends seamlessly from song to song.


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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