Seattle is more than just Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and just alternative rock in general. It has a vibrant and diverse music city with some awesome indie-pop bands, like Tangerine. The trio of sisters Marika and Miro Justad and Toby Kuhn have developed a name for themselves for their guitar-driven, jangly surf-pop that has made them one of the Emerald City’s hidden gems. But with the release of their latest EP, Sugar Teeth, Tangerine have arrived to be Seattle’s next great export.
Although tracking in at just four songs, Sugar Teeth isn’t a parade of one-note, identical songs. Instead, in this condensed album, it feels like you’ve listened to a complete LP as the infectious levels vary from track to track. You’re sucked into Tangerine’s world that ranges from the dreamy and sublime to the delirious and outrageously fun. The latter realm is highlighted by “Tender”, a rip-roaring, adrenaline-inducing, buzzsaw of a jangle-pop tune. It’s the perfect heartbreak tune – away with the sappy ballads and instead dance, jump, and just let yourself go.
“Wild At Heart” is one of those songs that you love from the start. The stuttering and staggered start that occurs with the great bass line and drum component grabs you immediately. Add in the jangly guitar riffs that are Mac DeMarco-esque, and it’s hook, line, and sinker. This is a track meant to noodle your head, let your hair wave around, or prance around the house to as you get over the tough day you’ve experienced.
The percussion-driven “Sunset” is another up-tempo anthem. The melodies and harmonies are terrific, resonating with the blissfulness of ’90s indie-rock. Think a cross between Dum Dum Girls and The History of Apple of Pie – one sonic explosion of a single.
Tangerine, though, can also capture your heart. The opening track, “Sugar Teeth”, is a stunning, dreamy pop tune, echoing of the power-pop ballads of the mid-80s to early ’90s. An endearing song about someone dear, Tangerine create a space that feels like it’s just you and them in a room sharing stories of heartbreak, mistakes, and second chances. Musically, the song channels everyone from Prince (that little tickle of the electric guitar is Purple Rain-ish) to Belinda Carlisle to The Bangles. You might need a moment to catch your breath from this gorgeous tune.
Get to know Tangerine now. This band is on the verge of a major breakout, as they travel a very similar path as Dum Dum Girls did nearly a decade ago. It won’t be long before they’ll be traveling across North America and hitting every festival because this band will be in high demand.
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