Talk Normal will release their sophomore LP Sunshineon October 23 via Joyful Noise Recordings. The band just announced a fall tour with Future Islands in support of the release. All shows are listed below.
After years of friendship, Sarah Register and Andrya Ambro’s Talk Normal first emerged on the NYC music scene in 2007, initially releasing demos, cassettes and their Secret Cog vinyl EP. Following the 2009 release of their debut album Sugarland on Rare Book Room Records (recorded and mixed by Nicolas Vernhes), Talk Normal released a handful of 7″s (including a split 7″ with Thurston Moore on Nathan Howdeshell from The Gossip’s Fast Weapons Records) and shared the stage with the likes of Sonic Youth, Wire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Zola Jesus.
In the three years since Sugarland, Talk Normal have refined their noisy vigor into the diverse batch of songs found on Sunshine. Tracks like “Bad Date”, “Cover”, and “Hurricane” carry almost a meditative emotional energy, where others like “Sunshine” and “Shot This Time” err on the side of explosive driving rock. Plus dance-y “XO”, narrative noisers “Lone General” and “Baby, Your Heart’s Too Big”, and standout vocal harmonies on “Hot Water Burns”. Produced by the band, Sunshine was recorded in 2011 by Christina Files at Vacation Island Studios in Brooklyn NY and Echo Canyon West in Hoboken NJ (Files also contributed to production). Allen Farmello mixed at The Snow Farm in Brooklyn NY.
Unlike traditional noisy-rock, Talk Normal’s Sunshineis steeped in melody, albeit unconventional melody. Sweet-sounding female vocals are present throughout, sometimes as sung lyrics and sometimes as instruments themselves. Ambro & Register’s combined voices often volley back and forth, each providing equal contributions to vocals, lyrics, and instrumentation – meticulously orchestrating not only the arrangements, but also the tonality of each collected sound. As Pitchfork describes: “(their) vocals can handle both desperate screech and matter-of-fact detachment somewhere between Karen O and Kim Gordon.” Combined with Register’s flowing, nearly-drony riffs and Ambro’s finely choreographed beats, the end result is a natural sonic cohesion. Maybe not the sunshine you’re used to, but rays within which you’ll want to bask.
11.02 – Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
11.03 – Savannah, GA @ The Wormhole
11.04 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbit’s
11.05 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
11.06 – Miami, FL @ Bardot
11.07 – Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
11.08 – Mobile, AL @ Alabama Music Box
11.09 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
11.10 – Houston, TX @ Rudyards
11.11 – Austin, TX @ The Parish
11.13 – Dallas, TX @ Prophet Bar
11.14 – Norman, OK @ The Opolis
11.15 – Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone Cafe
11.16 – St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
11.17 – Bloomington, IN @ Russian Recording
11.18 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
11.19 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
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