Dancing is strongly recommended if not unavoidable when listening to the latest tracks from SOFI TUKKER. Today the beats are electric and the groove has grown to an irresistible level with the electro-pop duo’s release of their debut EP “Soft Animals”.
The band name is inspired by the names of the two members Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern. SOFI TUKKER – This all-caps neologism highlights a certain grooviness about the electro-pop group guaranteed to draw you into some sort of where-the-wild-things-are dance arena.
Buy or stream the Debut EP “Soft Animals” here: http://smarturl.it/SoftAnimals
“Awoo” – the track title of their latest single – promises fun times as the pair continue to build on their expansive electronic sound. Featuring the band’s close friend Betta Lemme, the track finds a hypnotic melody in a looped crescendoing synth line and syncopated drum pad beats.
“We wrote ‘Awoo’ with our friend, Betta Lemme, when we were all hanging out laughing by a piano, in a heightened state of goof,” SOFI TUKKER says about the single. “We have a whimsical dance to go along with it. It’s one of our favorite songs to perform live.” tweet
Indeed the piano groove is perhaps the most delightful part of their latest single from the EP.
For the most part the vocals are offered by Hawley-Weld with occasional backing from Halpern. Select effects are applied to the vocal track to create a synth like melody. Indie Underground has previously written about the duo’s combination of chanting style vocals with unique instrumentation like the Charango in “Matadora”. This blend is an alluring approach to electronic music. The most recent track on the EP, “Moon Tattoo” is a step away from chanting style vocals and offers less incantation and more James Bond style of intrigue and romance.
The beats aren’t all over the place like in most dance tracks offered by house and edm artists. Instead, because of their minimalist approach to creating beats and their use of vocals as part of the synth layering, SOFI TUKKER creates music that offers the listener clear elements from which to choose as a particular focus. That is where the fun begins.
The music video for Drinkee is excellent and encourages jungle jaunts alongside all of your favourite soft animals.
SOFI TUKKER have been away from their home base in Brooklyn NY touring Europe. The Europe tour has been an absolute live experience as they visit locations from England to Milan with Grimes and Blood Orange. They return to North America at the end of July with brief stint to Canada with a stop in Montreal on July 31st. Go see some whimsical dancing and maybe join in alongside M83 and Chairlift.
SOFI TUKKER Tour Dates:
JUL 9 SAT Balaton Sound Festival Zamardi, Hungary
JUL 15 FRI Positivus Festival Salacgriva, Latvia
JUL 20 WED State Theatre – Supporting M83 w/ Chairlift Portland, ME
JUL 21 THU Blue Hills Bank Pavilion – Supporting M83 w/ Chairlift Boston, MA
JUL 25 MON The Pageant – Supporting M83 St. Louis, MO
JUL 27 WED Stir Cove – Supporting M83 Council Bluffs, IA
JUL 28 THU Vic Theatre – Supporting M83 Chicago, IL (sold out)
JUL 30 SAT Baby’s All Right Brooklyn, NY (sold out)
JUL 31 SUN Newspeak Montreal, Canada
AUG 19 FRI Popscene at Rickshaw Stop San Francisco, CA
AUG 20 SAT Pershing Square – w/ Todd Rundgren Los Angeles, CA (free)
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