New EP From Mpls Duo TANNINS
I would guess it’s not a mistake these tunes are named after 70s films. The “auteur“ vibe is heavy throughout. While each track feels like it fell from the heavens full-formed, a more-versed ear can tell the anonymous composers spent countless hours crafting and honing the colors that make up these pictures.
Which is far from criticism. A true magick trick of art is the seamless nature of execution. Another appropriate adjective: propulsive. Even in their more stoically charismatic moments (each track DOES have a serious quality of super-hero theme music), TANNINS do not fuck around with focus. Each player is obviously competent in their ability; but the thesis here is not excess, but access. TANNINS songs are built for pleasure as well as speed. ‘Serve the song and you serve no higher power’ is something I think I just made up, but I think it’s a good idea and I stand by it.
I admit I’m a sucker for rollicking drums, rhythmic guitars, and piercing, melodic leads, and TANNINS deliver in spades. If you have ever enjoyed Battles, Mogwai, or A Place To Bury Strangers TANNINS will be your new favorite local band. Oh, yeah – they’re a Minneapolis duo, by the way. And I’m guessing we’ll just have to wait until the world opens again to discover just who we have to thank for this criminally brief EP. Here’s hoping there are more fascinating short films in their future.
Adam Johnson lives in Minneapolis with his wife, cats, and guitars.