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Tusks Releases Powerful New Video For “Strangers” – New Album “Gold” out April 12th via One Little Independent Records

March 13, 2024
Emily White

Tusks Releases Powerful New Video For “Strangers”

New Album “Gold” out April 12th via One Little Independent Records

Following two revered albums, ‘Dissolve’ in 2017 and ‘Avalanche’ in 2019, London-based electronic songwriter and producer Tusks, aka Emily Underhill, has returned with her third. ‘Gold’ is released on April 12th via One Little Independent Records, and new single ‘Strangers’ paints a vivid picture of “how you feel when you decide to end a relationship and realise what you’re about to lose – that person who you’ve shared so much with and been so close to for so long is just going to become a stranger”.
 
The new video for ‘Strangers’, directed by Jonathan Stow is out now. Part 1 of a two video series, Tusks tells us that “Strangers and Body Ache are the most contrasting tracks on the album so I had this idea of creating a two part music video to convey how juxtaposing the feelings of the end and the start of a relationship is. Strangers is the former and I wanted to explore the idea of using water to show the feeling of struggle and being overcome by an emotion which you have no control over. The end of a relationship always feels that way to me – like you’re in a sea and you just have to try and stay afloat”.

With “Strangers”, the focus on the resonating percussive elements starts to detail the intricate landscape that Tusks has created. A brooding tone emerges and notes circle and flirt with a stirring infliction, and then the dynamic vocal harmonies from Tusks fiercely flow through the expressive creation. Shifting with the powerful intensity to softer, soothing harmonic hits, Tusks combines fragile formations with more dominating twists. Layered harmonies and ambitious ardent passages combine and the energy is simply electrifying, the lyrics delve into such emotive and soulful aspects, whilst this vast addition of textures and sustained powerful notes all help accelerate the mammoth vision.

Tusks has this flawless ability to bridge some tender traits with a razor-sharp delivery, expanding on the vision with the use of deep and cutting tonalities. Just how intoxicating and striking is the video to match.

Gold’ took form slowly over several months spent rewriting and reworking; half created at home in the middle of London and half during two solitary trips to Devon, where many of the songs found their inspiration. In need of some space, away from a shared house that had just been through a pandemic together as well as from a relationship that was coming to an end, she travelled to the south-west. It was here that she would get the bulk of her writing done, recognising there were some things she would have to work through alone, and in no small part it came to her in the form of a torrential storm. Bringing the album back to London, Tusks partnered with producer Tom Andrews to bring the tracks to life from studios like Ten87 in Tottenham and SS2 Recording in Southend.
 
Synth-heavy and fuelled by emotionally charged layers of heavenly vocal harmonies, the album is densely constructed, meticulously produced and cathartic. Across ten tracks of deeply resonant electronic pop, the soundscapes crafted here sway from the blissful, ambient and thought-provoking, to slow-building ragers. Through pressure and release, ‘Gold’ explores dynamics, nuances and emotions using an array of atmospheric and kinetic textures as well as Tusks’ singular, powerful voice.
 
Anyone familiar with her career to date will note that Tusks’ relationship with music as a means to communicate vulnerability is well documented. There’s a raw, exposed nature to her writing that feels authentic and intimate. She often describes the complications and subtleties of relationships in a way that’s reflective and relatable. ‘Gold’ maps various stages in the breakdown of a romance, but it also stops to consider the impact of isolation, individually and socially, as well as anxiety, mental health and the wider effects of austerity.
 
“A lot of this album was inspired by contrasting experiences” Underhill explains, “Processing a breakup and then falling in love again. Being constantly surrounded by people in lockdown, then suddenly being completely alone and free. Being in the city vs being in nature. We wanted to echo these contrasts in the production of the music so constantly moved between lo-fi and hi-fi production – sampling our own drum beats, recording them through compressed tin can mics and processing through loads of analogue gear and a 404 then switching to cleaner, larger sounding kits achieved by recording with mics in back rooms and the ceiling to give the impression of space. There was a huge analogue influence on the production and mix too by using loads of analogue synths and modular, putting a lot of the stems through tape and getting to be really creative with using delay throws and feedback on the 501 Space Echo. It was such a fun process and allowed Tom and I to delve into doing exactly what we love.”
 
In its production, ‘Gold’ is a musician’s album, Tusks pushed herself further during the creative process, slaving over each snare sample and the tone of each synth note. Delving into the technicals of the record allowed for further experimentation across the board, for example they were able to lift parts out of songs and into others where they saw fit, adding thematic continuity and patchworking ideas they felt had value. They also played with processing through tape and 404 to retain the lo-fi quality Tusks was adamant in keeping throughout.
 
Early on Tusks drew comparisons to Sigur Rós and Explosions In The Sky, gaining support from the likes of BBC 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne, BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac and Huw Stephens, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Mixmag, MOJO, Wonderland and more. She released her debut album ‘Dissolve’ to critical acclaim, produced alongside Brett Cox (Jack Garratt, Alt J, Marika Hackman). Second album ‘Avalanche’ led Tusks further into the world of grunge and shoegaze. Taking inspiration from My Bloody Valentine, Marika Hackman and Wolf Alice, the album went on to gain her support from ever widening audiences across the world, as well as syncs on hit shows such as Netflix’s ‘13 Reasons Why’.
 
Having previously supported Khurangbin, Ásgeir, Bear’s Den and Submotion Orchestra, Tusks embarked on her first European and UK headline tour at the start of 2020, including nights at London’s prestigious Village Underground (which she recorded and released as a live album) and Berlin’s Berghain Panorama Bar. In 2021 she collaborated with CJ Mirra on the soundtrack for feature film ‘A Banquet’.

Tracklist

Wake

Adore

Artificial Flame

Tainted Plates

The Way

Read The Room

Strangers

Gold

Body Ache

Cold Storm

Live dates
 
Supporting Tinlicker;
 
Fri 8 Mar – Belgium, Antwerp – Trix
Sat 9 Mar – Netherlands, Amsterdam – Gashouder
Mon 11 Mar – Denmark, Copenhagen – Pumpehuset

Wed 13 Mar – Germany, Hamburg – Fabrik
Thu 14 Mar – Germany, Berlin- Huxleys
Fri 15 Mar – Germany, Frankfurt – Batschkapp
Sat 16 Mar – France, Paris – Elysee Montmartre
Thu 21 Mar – UK, Manchester – New Century Hall
Fri 22 Mar – UK, Bristol – Marble Factory
Sat 23 Mar – UK, London – Troxy
Wed 27 Mar – UK, Belfast – Mandela Hall
Thu 28 Mar – Ireland, Dublin – Vicar Street
 
Instore headlines;
 
Sat 13 Apr – UK, London – Rough Trade East
Tue 16 Apr – UK, Nottingham – Rough Trade
Wed 17 Apr – UK, Brighton – Family Store
Thu 18 Apr – UK, Bristol – Rough Trade

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