Seattle trio Tomten have caught the attention of their local scene with their catchy baroque dreampop. The group formed in 2008 and soon began performing around Seattle, eventually releasing their full-length debut Wednesday’s Children in June of 2012. Their sound is quirky and inventive through the use of use of organ, electric piano and analog synthesizers, and laced with power pop and electric folk. On July 7th the trio will release their third full-length Cremation Songs on Seattle label Plume Records. The album started as a joke on Tomten’s previous effort The Farewell Party, but the title felt even more fitting when the members of the band realized many of the songs – despite an upbeat sound – are vaguely about death.
Today Glide Magazine is premiering the tune “Weissnichtwo”, which may have a name that is tough to decipher but is definitely an infectious track. “Weissnichtwo” is a bouncy, jangly pop song that brings to mind early swooning rock and roll while also sounding fresh and new.
Reflecting on the song and its odd title, Tomten keyboardist, guitarist and vocalist Brian Noyes-Watkins has this to say:
The snotty-er guitar-driven “Weissnichtwo” gives the softer side B of Cremation Songs a nice break from its more “pastoral” leaning. I specifically enjoyed playing the main electric guitar parts, recording Bryan Appleby’s Leslie speaker backup vocals, and Dillon Sturtevant’s Snarly Fuzz Bass at the end. “Weissnichtwo” means “I know not where” or it is also simply “an imaginary place.”
Cremation Songs is out on Plume Records July 7th. For more music and info visit tomtenmusic.bandcamp.com.
Photo credit: Brady Harvey