Feature, News, Reviews

Tenci Release New Single “Sour Cherries” Taken From Forthcoming Album out 4th November on Keeled Scales

October 19, 2022
Photo Credit: Henry Jordan Smith

Tenci Release New Single “Sour Cherries”

Taken From Forthcoming Album out 4th November on Keeled Scales

Chicago-based band Tenci unveil a gorgeous new single today, “Sour Cherries,” from their forthcoming album,  A Swollen River, A Well Overflowing, out November 4th via Keeled Scales.

The songs on their second album often appear simplistic at first, then split off to unruly places of boiling self-recognition. On “Sour Cherries,” the band starts pared back and slow, introducing the brutal fruit of love and the theme of wanting excess: “don’t you think you’ve had enough?” As Tenci’s voice gets deeper and huskier, they dip into one of the album’s most exciting and unexpected sections. In Jess Shoman’s words, “‘Sour Cherries’ is very simply about succumbing to the bittersweet feelings of love.” 

Tenci initially allows fragility to shine throughout the first part of the new single “Sour Cherries”. Delicate notes are picked and resonate with the brooding tonality and fuse with the striking vocal harmonies and intimate lyrics.

The exploration grows with intensity emphasized by the addition of the soaring sax, controlled yet complex drum shuffles, and the wavering ambiance. Tenci quickly travels this immense distance within their exploration, gathering momentum and shifting through various passages of unpredictability. What lured you into the ambiance initially soon disappears and this fierce fervor flourishes. The audience soon experiences the experimental cadence of Tenci as they proudly take their exploration into vast complex depths, the audience engulfs the alternating tempos and the robust aggression which sweeps through.

Pre-order and streaming link: https://bio.to/tenciuk

A Swollen River, A Well Overflowing is Tenci’s second album, coming after their 2020 debut My Heart Is An Open Field, which introduced Jess Shoman’s music explorations to the world. Shoman admits that their first album dealt with letting go of painful life experiences, resulting in emptiness. In this recent collection of wiser years and distance from that former grief, Tenci carries an opposite feeling, a celebration of self-rejuvenation. A Swollen River, A Well Overflowing shows Shoman steering their inventive music further and wilder, spilling over with 12 fable-like songs.

From the close-knit Chicago scene, Shoman is joined by Curtis Oren on saxophone and guitar, Izzy Reidy on bass (Izzy True), and Joseph Farago on drums (Joey Nebulous). The years following My Heart is an Open Field saw the band playing shows together all over the country before regrouping in Chicago to record A Swollen River with engineer Abby Black.

While the themes of Tenci shuffle around a serious pool of thought and trying to understand life’s calamities, their live sets often feature an ample amount of goofy light-heartedness. Their playful interplay of loose drums and bass, huffing sax, and vocal waterfalls leave us warmer than before. The songs on A Swollen River, A Well Overflowing weave together like twigs to create that fire, a burning message to keep going.

Tenci Tour Dates
Fri. Nov. 4 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
Mon. Nov. 7 – Minneapolis, MN 
Wed. Nov. 9 – Toronto, ON @ The Baby G
Thu. Nov. 10 – Montreal, QC @ Casa de Popolo
Fri. Nov. 11 – Boston, MA @ Lilypad
Sat. Nov. 12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
Mon. Nov. 14 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA
Tue. Nov. 15 – Washington, DC @ DC9
Thu. Nov. 17 – Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub
Fri. Nov. 18 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
Sat. Nov. 19 – Chicago, IL @ Sleeping Village

A Swollen River, A Well Overflowing Tracklist
1. Shapeshifter
2. Vanishing Coin
3. Be
4. Great Big Elephant
5. Cold Dirty Water
6. The Ball Spins
7. Sharp Wheel
8. Out of Body
9. Sour Cherries
10. Swallow Me Whole, Blue
11. Two Cups
12. Memories


You Might Also Like

No Comments

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.