[City Slang; May 7]
Tu Fawning will release their second album – the follow-up to their fantastic 2010/2011 debut Hearts On Hold [review] – in the UK on May 7 through City Slang Records. A Monument sees the core duo of Corrina Repp and Joe Haege expanding their creative process to include contributions from the other two members, Liza Rietz and Toussaint Perrault.
According to the press release, the band use synth heavily on A Monument ”with no intent of making ‘synth’ or ‘electro’ music.” Their main ambition, says the band, was to achieve “timelessness, meaning we wanted to capture a feeling that someone listening to it couldn’t easily pin down the era it’s from.”
Judging from opening track ‘Anchor’ it seems that Tu Fawning have succeeded in their goal. Dreamy, diaphanous electronica forms the backdrop for the hymnal, haunting chorus, around which Repp wraps her gorgeous, rich voice. Tu Fawning are old hands at using instrumentation sparingly to maximal effect, and in ‘Anchor’ the drums are used masterfully, adding a flourish of drama to the chorus with a volley of stuttering beats before building to an urgent euphoric, crescendo.
02 Blood Stain
04 A Pose For No One
05 Build A Great Cliff
06 Skin & Bone
07 In The Center Of Powder White
08 To Break Into