A nice bit of shoegaze from Hannah van Loon’s project Tanukichan, channeling those Sundays vibes into some proper dreamy, though never lightweight, songcraft. The sound is very Californian and dreamy, with extra instrumentation beyond van Loon’s vocals and rad guitar handled by producer Chaz Bear of Toro Y Moi. Out on Company Records.
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'Sundays'. You are washing the car, the kids are playing up and you think 'Sunday Bloody Sunday'. We all know the feeling. I don't know what Tanukichan (aka Hannah Van Loon (ha!)) does on a sunday but I'm assuming that it is as hazy and laid back as this LP which she has recorded with Chaz Toro Y Moi who seems to be calling himself 'bear' these days.
It's pleasant, tuneful and sounds like everything fucking else. The guitars are nice and fuzzy and she has a good hazy voice. It could well be the drum machine that is holding back in terms of dynamics - it sort of sounds like apartment demos and without that splash of eccentricity that can sometimes make house bound demos better than the real thing. But fear not there's an actual nice song here in 'Bitter Medicine' which is all New Order basslines and the Cure guitars. It's as cute as a button and dramatically gains that Captured Tracks sound just as I was about to switch off. It's not a bad album, it just sounds kinda unfinished. Maybe its simplicity will work in it's favour after a few listens when the melodies cut through. There are promising signs here that live perhaps this whole thing will come together.
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