Saturday, 16 September 2017

Single: Tanjier - Hymn

Tanjier - Hymn

Tanjier - Hymn

Info: Tanjier are the sound of dark electro-pop lurking in the shadows; the sound of isolation in orange dimly lit city streets. 

They are a trio based in Dublin, Ireland. Electronic beats, growling synths, syncopated rhythms, catchy guitar hooks and haunting vocals, Tanjier are modern musical story-tellers. In their lyrics, they have explored ideas like prostitution, mental health, youth and nostalgia. They provide a soundtrack for people living through the ironies of the modern age; how people are becoming addicted to social media while forgetting about developing meaningful social relationships. Songs about how people become attached to their vices but detached from reality. 

Tanjier's rise on the Irish live scene has been a steady and assured affair up until very recently, with incessant shows in the capital and further afield in venues that compliment their sound, the trio have also been putting their music out there on the festival circuit in the second half of 2017 with the most recent coming at Electric Picnic.

I was lucky enough to catch them at CrowClub in Temple Bar a few weeks ago, a long overdue experience. Like an expansion of their individual tracks, getting to witness them in person was highly rewarding, their set unsuspectingly pulling you right into an strangely psychedelic and electronic wonderland from one of the most progressive electronic acts in the country right now.

Their latest single 'Hymn' was released just yesterday, opening with a subtle reverb-soaked guitar, soft vocals are joined in by a smooth beat and snapping clicks, there's a lot going on already, but it's a tender experience. We reach soulful and emotional heights without delay on the chorus and then the fireworks are set off, it's all happening at once and a skulking mood enters the fray as the track elevates to an ethereal plain. Just like previous single 'Yu', it's all about movement, both within the listener and the music itself, and a supremely executed sense of dwelling right in the middle of their sound and world.

Tanjier play Upstairs in Whelan's tonight for the official launch of 'Hymn' with support from Sylk and Dreaming of Jupiter.

Like 'Hymn'? Check out previous release 'Misfit Hour' below.

Tanjier - Misfit Hour

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