Tanlines: Highlights (Vinyl)
Tanlines — singer/guitarist Eric Emm and multi-instrumentalist Jesse Cohen, release their sophomore album, Highlights, on May 19th, 2015 via True Panther Sounds. Produced by the band and Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor, Highlights began in a basement in Pittsburgh and ended in a church in Brooklyn. It trades world music sounds for a more alive, realized approach, the result of Emm and Cohen wanting to break from their ‘two guys, one screen’ writing style. Whereas before the band had wandered their way through foreign musical landscapes and the existential ‘what am I doing with my life’ wasteland of post-youth, Highlights finds the band settled and at home, comfortable in their own skin. In many ways, the resulting music feels like a renaissance for a band that began in 2008 as a one-off remix project. The upbeat dance floor ready Tanlines lives on in songs like driving set opener “Pieces”, the dream-inspired “Slipping Away”, and the seductive “Bad Situations”, but the colours and emotional range of the album go much deeper than ever before, with Emm’s vocals and lyrics, at once personal and observational, taking centre stage on songs like “Running Still” and “Invisible Ways .
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