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Tomten Releases New Full-Length Album

Tomten Releases New Full-Length Album

Baroque pop band Tomten debuted their most recent LP, Wednesday's Children, last week. It is their second record, the first being 2010's self-released Tomten.

By and large the group cultivates a musical aura that does not depend upon contemporary indie music tropes. Their sound is clearly and unabashedly linked to the sonic influences of 1960's and '70's pop music - think The Kinks or Big Star for just a start.

Organist, guitarist and lead singer Brian Noyeswatkins steers the ethereal ship through patient, emotive songs that do not waste a single note. Bassist/vocalist Lena Simon, lead guitarist/vocalist Gregg Belisle-Chi, and drummer Jake Brady join him in forging a unique set of delicate but confident tracks on Wednesday's Children.

The eponymous song "Wednesday's Children" is an elegant anthem which feels like a folk song that fell out of a dream. This is a consistent characteristic in their sound: each song conjures its own private universe which the listener is sweetly invited into. "So So So" is a great example of a track that puts Lena's voice on full display; Jake's subtleties on the set and Gregg's reverb-laden guitar parts are critical additions.

Wednesday's Children is available on vinyl and compact disc via Flat Field Records in local record stores and online.

- Cameron LaFlam

 Watch Tomten perform "So So So" below:

Published: June 24, 2012 |

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