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TESSEL Share New Single ‘Family Time’ via [PIAS]

January 19, 2021
Photo Credit: Jantina Talsma

TESSEL Share New Single ‘Family Time’ via [PIAS]

Utrecht quartet TESSEL announce their signing to [PIAS] Recordings, and unveil their debut release with the label – ‘Family Time’.

It’s a quintessential example of the woozy indie-pop they’ve begun making their name with, accompanied by a video created with filmmaker Casper Buijtendijk, that breathes visual life into the pastel tones of the song.

Beachy guitar licks reminiscent of Real EstateBeach Fossils or Mac DeMarco are the basis of the sunny approach, accompanied by a sense of Phoenix-esque European cool.

We need to indulge ourselves in this upbeat and melodic movement that TESSEL has established as their core sound. A bright arrangement that captivates the audience whilst the lyrics delve into a more serious matter. The contrast of fun seems to outweigh the darker aspects. The audience consumes the harmony.

The airy sound though belies a more morose message, as the band elaborate:

“Even though the sound is light and cheerful, the themes of the lyrics carry the opposite message. The song tells a story of a person who has become entangled in the image of ‘the perfect life’. Just when everything seems to be right: a family, a beautiful car in the driveway, a dinner with the family, the person decides to flee, because “All I ever know, great moments will pass”.”

The four-piece have already started building a following with acclaimed support slots with Ten Fé and Waltzburg, as well as an appearance at Rotterdam’s cross-art festival Motel MozaïqueNetherlands’ 3voor12 Radio have been big supporters also.

TESSEL are Levi Oostermeijer (lead vocals and guitar), Joshua Bredow (Guitar), Jens Wierckx (Drums and backing vocals) and Thijs van Zutphen (Bass and backing vocals).

‘Family Time’ was produced by Simon Akkermans at his Epic Rainbow Unicorn Studios, and is out via [PIAS] Recordings now.

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