i first heard of this band on the cure tribute album last year, with their rendition of the classic “close to me” and they registered on my brain like a highly contagious highly resilient idea (you get the reference, i hope). with a simple beat simple slow leads and that all resounding grazing sound, it was both profound, haunting delicate yet simple. im just mesmerized on how it uplifts my spirits on down days given how slow and down it sounds. it has been in my player since and never left.
give it a listen,
and now they’ve released their new album “House of Tounges”, here’s an excerpt of a pitchfork review.
Wild eclecticism doesn’t necessarily equal bad record, as Janelle Monáe most recently argued with her taxonomy breaching and brilliant The ArchAndroid. But to make a record that won’t wear out its welcome by the end of track one takes a certain amount of taste and self-restraint. Not surprisingly, Tongue’s more effective tracks, such as “Real Low Riders”, are its relatively discerning ones. Propelled by a powerful little drum riff and a catchy pop melody that LoBue interprets with mournful understatement, “Nine O’Clock in France” is the best song here— even if the progressive instrumental pileup makes its ending less satisfying than its beginning. But I guess we were warned: True to its title, House of Tongues is a tower of Babel.
— Amy Granzin, August 18, 2010
while not a perfect album, there are clearly standouts like the first track “real low riders” and “nine o’clock in France” which confirms their sound is just right for my tastes
this band is a keeper :)) “creme brulee and caviar”!!