Friday, May 29, 2015

TGIF: Tanlines new album, Highlights



Despite the fact that they've been around for a handful of years, toured with Julian Casablancas and remixed lots of songs I adore, I'll admit I'm only really getting into Brooklyn indie-rock outfit Tanlines right now. Better late than never.

Made up of two guys - Jesse Cohen and Eric Emm - I have to wonder how they pulled off the multidimensional sounds heard on their second release, Highlights, with only Cohen on percussion and Emm on vocals and guitar. Yeah, it's "indie rock" in its most basic, easy description, but that feels lazy to say considering there's so much else going on here. Within this retro, starry landscape - which at different times resembles Modern English, Future Islands and The Smiths - all of Highlights' songs are chock full of instruments, effects and glitter that'll make you feel dance party bliss or late night thoughtfulness (both good things). 

Toss this on your weekend playlist and enjoy.

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