27th April via Trout Records
Dublin four-piece Tandem Felix are set to release new EP ‘Comma’ via Trout Records. Arriving from the gig circuit that has brought us Girl Band and Spies – Tandem Felix inhabit a space and sound as much West-Coast USA as Leinster. The band, having played together for a couple of years have enjoyed success with limited edition vinyls and sold out New York shows – but this new EP is a marked change of direction, partly due to an enforced line-up change. There is a sensitivity to proceedings, a tenderness to the production that evokes the likes of Sparklehorse and Wilco. This is the sound of a band who have found their sound.
Opening track ‘Nothing I Do Will Ever Be Good Enough’ beings with the warbling sounds of Harrison-esque Leslie speaker guitar only to be interrupted and taken to a different sonic platform by the sound of the pedal steel, played by veteran steel-guitarist Bobby Lee.
Stream the new track from Tandem Felix
This pairing of country music and psych-rock battles throughout the EP; from the spacey Farfisa-organ driven ‘Union St. Blues’ to the banjo-acoustic guitar combination on ‘Waiting In The Wings’ and the Neil Young ‘Harvest’ throwback of “Moon Tingles’. The EP closes with its quietest yet most dynamic track, ‘Mandarin’; a funeral dirge where piano, pedal steel and vocal lead the procession to a nauseating climax as the tape seems to speed up, like a warped record. These subtleties and “ear-treats” are scattered all over the EP, some of which may only be recognised on the third or fourth listen; as a collection of songs, this is definitely new ground for the constantly changing Tandem Felix.
Tandem Felix are:
David A. Tapley – Guitar, vocals
Evan Keogh – Bass guitar
Éna Brennan – Violin
Jeffrey Courtney – Drums