Ton-Taun - Get Well
Hailing from Philly, Ton-Taun releases their latest full-length effort Get Well. Listeners of their previous albums, Exporter and Circus Court, will notice a purposely less polished sonic quality on this one, and a little more applied distortion and reverberated vocals throughout. But it's subtle, nothing too over the top here, just a stylistic approach to the record.
It opens up with an almost lullaby-like bell melody on "Sobriety Check." The acoustic guitar slowly fades in, and the vocals are almost falsetto. Sweet song, that gets even sweeter about a minute and forty seconds into it when the drums and percussion come in.
"Color Me Impressed" has the catchiest riff out of the bunch, but "Universal Genius" is my favorite on here. It's as moody as the rest of them, but it seems to hold this rolling tension from beginning to end.
Overall, TT's style is a blend of rock and what I consider modern folk. I love the rhythm section on a lot of these tracks, especially on "Nightlife On Ice." The album ends with "Fox Mulder," which is reminiscent of TV on the Radio during the chorus.
Ton-Taun doesn't leave me with much to criticize. Get Well is a solid album through and through. A very nice collection of new-era alternative singer/songwriter music in the vein of Monsters of Folk, Fink, Iron and Wine, Gorilla Manor and many more underappreciated talents. The sound is intimate and organic. It grows on and in you at the same time. Is it for everyone? No, but it is for all fans of the aforementioned genre and bands. Ton-Taun's Get Well will fit quite nicely in your rotation and playlists.
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