Listen Up - Tanlines
Brooklyn duo Tanlines have labeled themselves “experimental pop”, and while I wouldn’t completely disagree, I don’t want to scare you off with the “experimental” part. I’ve listened to a lot of music that had the word “experimental” in the genre title, and some of it gets fucking weird. Like, really, really weird shit. And while weird can sometimes be good, a lot of the time “experimental” can be code word for “shitty”. Just so you know.
Thankfully I listened to Tanlines before reading the “experimental pop” label on their page, otherwise I don’t know that I would have. Well, I still probably would have, but still.
Tanlines are making music that is experimental, but very catchy. It isn’t only for the avant-garde crowd – you can enjoy them too!
Their big single “All of Me” is hardly experimental, and it is very radio friendly. I mean, you won’t hear it on your local top 40 station, but I can see this blowing up college radio around the country.
Tanlines are one of a mass of new indie-pop bands, singers, and duos that have come out of nowhere (Brooklyn. They’re all from Brooklyn) in the past few years, all of whom (most of whom) are making music that is fairly agreeable. A few years ago it was all wayyy out there, and a lot of it guitar-driven, but these days we are hearing a lot more production, and people no longer seem afraid of embracing a more mainstream sound.
A lot of Tanlines’ older stuff (“older” in this case meaning 2010) is instrumental or has very little words. While I do like that’s tuff, their newer songs are great as something different as well. Lyrics or not, it works.
Indie-pop has grown from its rock roots and is now embracing electronica and dance, and we love every minute of it.
Can we possibly post on every single one of these artists? Absolutely, but we’re not going to. We’ll work on writing about a few though.
In the meantime, here’s some more Tanlines.
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