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Tan Cologne Share New Single “Space In The Palms” Ahead Of September Album Release

August 28, 2022

TAN COLOGNE

Share new single “Space In The Palms”
Album ‘Earth Visions Of Water Spaces’ out September 9th on Labrador

September UK & European live dates including London, Sheffield & Liverpool

As TAN COLOGNE head to Italy to kick off their European tour with a residency at Pescetrullo in Puglia, today they have shared a final pre-release track from their forthcoming new album ‘Earth Visions Of Water Spaces’, set for release on September 9th on Labrador Records.
 
Continuing the expansive, gravity-defying psychedelia on the New Mexico duo’s second album, latest single “Space In The Palms” shows a delicately brooding, woozy side to the record. The band comment: “Space in the Palms” is about a day we spent on a secluded beach in Baja Mexico where wild horses ran free and played in the waves and found relief from the sun under naturally formed palm huts. There was a small stone structure on the path to the beach that plants and elements had eroded and taken over. We eventually found the beach after many palm tree observations and mile marker searches. The beach was found off of a dirt road that descended from an old highway. It was like a treasure. This song is about that space. While recording guitars, we experienced a major lightning storm in New Mexico.”

The new single follows on from the affectionate “Blue Swim”. Immediately the soundscape to “Space In the Palms” allures the listener into the center of the dominant structure. Tan Cologne builds this impressive, impressionable atmosphere, commencing from the sweeping melodies and the building of the budding rhythms. These rhythms intensify throughout with the stop-start nature of this ensemble, and the unpredictable elements of the vision. The captivating drum shuffles provide this enigmatic emphasis to the devouring ambiance that the track conveys. The ethereal vocal harmonies go from firstly flowing alongside the powerful tonality to then soaring above and providing this clear journey from the intimate lyrics.

As the soundscape dynamically shifts to accommodate the emotive vocal harmonies, this wealth of additional rhythms, tweaks, and textures layer up the sensational structure. The complex lead rhythm emits this brooding character to the overall creation, spacious notes resonate and inject this electrifying touch into the overall ensemble, a stirring release set to move you.

From all the tracks that have been shared so far from the forthcoming album, it’s clear this is set to be one of the most influential records of the year. A must to embrace and engage.

Listening to the ethereal, spangled, psychedelic grandeur at the heart of ‘Earth Visions Of Water Spaces’, it feels appropriate that Tan Cologne reside and record amid the sparse, almost lunar landscapes of Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico. Their weightless songs appear to defy gravity, with the voices of Lauren Green and Marissa Macias floating in an empty sky while guitars shimmer on a distant horizon. That said, these same songs feel fluid, almost aqueous, their evolution unhurried as they ripple gracefully towards the skyline. It’s no surprise, therefore, to discover the album’s central theme, one highlighted by its name and more than a few of its song titles, because it’s inspired by something precious to all who live in such environments.

“We would like listeners to feel they are submerged within or near the presence of water,” the duo says. “The entire album is about water: droplets of water, atmospheric exchanges of water, and the transformation of Earth by and through water. We were drawn to this through finding shells within the desert landscape. We also read a story in the newspaper about a 300-million-year-old shark fossil found in the mountains in New Mexico thirty miles southwest of Albuquerque. There’s a lot to consider in reflecting on where the Earth’s path has been, and where and what it may be, water of course being the vital experience for existence.”

Green and Macias began recording their second album, the follow-up to 2020’s ‘Cave Vaults On The Moon In New Mexico’, in the summer of 2021 at their home, a relatively remote location. Swimming became an important daily ritual, as did gardening and visiting a nearby dry river bed, where they wrote recent single “Topaz Wave”, in whose video it can be seen. “The sides of the arroyo walls are shaped like curved waves,” they say, “reflecting the experience of tidal and earth transformation, and how the desert land was once ocean.”

The rest of each day was spent writing and recording. Tan Cologne are an entirely self-contained unit, responsible for every sound on the record, sharing vocal, guitar, lap steel, synths and percussion duties, with Green adding drums, bass, autoharp, and melodica and Macias keyboards as well as bouzouki, not to mention the artwork’s photography. At all times, however, their proximity to nature and the ferocity of its elements made its own crucial contribution to the record’s development. “The summers in New Mexico have major monsoons and lightning storms,” they explain. “Most of the recording was done during moody and wild weather in days full of contrast, from lightning storms to dust devils to snow. The album was created to tell stories of water on Earth, with all of its songs being reflections of past, present, and future civilisations.”

“The present and future being of Earth’s water and lands are an ever-present concern and prayer cycle for us,” they conclude. “The fires in the western United States are becoming omnipresent, and everything feels different and, at times, bleak. We hope humanity can shift to care for and heal our Mother Earth together.” ‘Earth Visions of Water Spaces’ is consequently the work of a band who’ve seen first-hand the crisis unfolding around us, and it’s a vivid, ingenious and aptly atmospheric reminder of what’s at stake. There’s really no excuse not to dive in.

Tan Cologne live dates:
September 2 – Pescetrullo (Artist residency performance) – Ostuni, Italy
September 9 – Landet – Stockholm, Sweden
September 10 – (Day) at Delicious Goldfish Records – Stockholm, Sweden
September 10 – (Night) at Patricia (boat show) – Stockholm, Sweden
September 13 – Kazimier Stockroom w/ Sunstack Jones – Liverpool, UK
September 14 – Abbeydale Picture House w/ Bobby Lee – Sheffield, UK
September 16 – The Betsey Trotwood – London, UK

September 18 – La Pointe Lafayette – Paris, France 

‘Earth Visions Of Water Spaces’ will be released on September 9th via Labrador Records.

‘Earth Visions Of Water Spaces’ track list:

Topaz Wave

Floating Gardens

Orbs

Space in the Palms

Pastels

Blue Swim

Shell Grotto

Winds Below Water

Heretic Porcelain 

https://tan-cologne.bandcamp.com/

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