TASSEOMANCY ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM, REVEALS FIRST SINGLE
TASSEOMANCY, AKA TWIN SISTERS SARI AND ROMI LIGHTMAN, WILL RELEASE DO EASY, NOVEMBER 18 THROUGH A JOINT VENTURE BETWEEN OUTSIDE MUSIC AND HAND DRAWN DRACULA
PHOTO CREDIT : EVA MICHON
Tasseomancy, aka Canadian sisters Sari and Romi Lightman, will release their new album, Do Easy, on November 18 through a new label co-venture between Hand Drawn Dracula and Outside Music in Canada and Bella Union for the rest of the world. The first single and title track from the upcoming album is available to stream today courtesy of The Fader.
“Do Easy”, was “Inspired by the wild flamingos of all the night karaoke soirees and the domestic manifesto of William S Burroughs's The Discipline of Do Easy,” says Romi Lightman. Written from Romy Lightman's sub-conscious in a basement apartment she says that “Burroughs's doctrine on finding ‘the easy way’ struck me as something rare and I hung onto it like a piece of protection. Later on, I discovered that Genesis P-Orridge believed this text to be one of the greatest magic techniques for retraining the mind. Endorsed by Occultists, stoners, freaks, the ultra zen and the highly sensitive, ‘Do Easy’ attempts to infuse the mundane with a gentle joy and a sense of simple delight.” Tasseomancy's choral interpretation was created with all this in mind. Additional vocals by Sari Lightman and arrangements by band members Johnny Spence on synth/piano and Evan Cartwright on drums with musical accompaniment by Brodie West on saxophone.
For the seasoned loners, stoners, and lackadaisically laid, Do Easy was written as a dead-beat anthem for a generation who was told that anything is possible after the possibility slows. Written in Toronto and Montreal, the album was created as a lamp shade of hope; of soft survivalism. Serene, strange and magnetically sung, it honours its free-thinking forebears without being weighed down by them, creating immersive worlds of loving allusion.
Soft synths and crystalline harmonies merge hypnotically on “Dead Can Dance and Neil Young”, an invitation to ‘fade into folk song’. If folk song this is, it’s folk of great idiosyncrasy, where vocoded chorales provide atmospheric shading and alto-saxophones drift like cigarette smoke from a David Lynch dream-film. Between the new age synth of “Claudine & Annie”, the ambient swoon of “29 Palms”, Kate Bush-like prog-psych of “Missoula” and gently lapping title-track, Do Easy plays like pop from a parallel world.
Sisters Sari and Romy Lightman are former members of queer cold-wave band, Austra. Channelling their former forays in psychedelic folk into a kind of lushly accessible, warmly experimental dream-pop along with bandmates Johnny Spence and Evan Cartwright, they explore manipulated sounds, all with mood in mind. Assisted by friends Brodie West (alto-sax), Ryan Driver (flute), Simone Schmidt (voice of a young Neil Young), and Alex Cowan (Blue Hawaii) that exploration reaches full bloom on Do Easy, the sound of a band hitting their richly imagined, luxuriously executed stride. And, wealth of evocative references included, making it all sound easy.
DO EASY TRACKLIST
1. Dead Can Dance & Neil Young
3. Jimi Infiniti
6. 29 Palms
7. Do Easy
8. Do Easy Reprise
9. Gentle Man
Do Easy from Tasseomancy is the first co-venture between Outside Music and Hand Drawn Dracula, two of Canada's leading independent labels. The recent collaboration will see Outside and HDD working together on select titles; "James at Hand Drawn Dracula has an amazing ear for talent, we're happy to get behind his discoveries and generate some more awareness on some great albums" says Outside Music managing Director Evan Newman.