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Review: Tangerine, “Sugar Teeth”

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Review: Tangerine, “Sugar Teeth”

Sugar Teeth is full of life and marked with passionate performance. Tangerine is a balanced trio of highly talented young musicians who clearly feed off each other’s strengths and have found a way to make what’s old, new again. Their signature shimmery surf pop has been amplified and elevated to the next level here.”

Artist: Tangerine

EP: Sugar Teeth

Genre: Power Pop/Rock

RIYL: Best Coast, Camera Obscura, Haim

Tangerine - Sugar Teeth

What’s the best way to shake off the winter blahs? Put the new Tangerine record on blast and watch the grey go away. This Seattle trio, comprised of sisters Marika and Miro Justad and Toby Kuhn, has been making a lot of noise in the industry since the release of 2013’s Radical Blossom and last year’s Behemoth! EPs. Touring, national coverage and the steady uptick in their growing fanbase has provided this vibrant trio with the seemingly perfect amount of inspiration and lyrical fodder for their charming and soulful brand of surf pop. The release of Sugar Teeth cements their place as a rising young band to keep an eye on.

In my last review, I find a lot of similarities and consistencies in Tangerine’s musical style, which was described as “elements of classic surf rock and bluesy fuzz pop”. It gives me great comfort to hear them retain that magical, natural energy with even more layers and a strong sense of melody. Marika Justad’s vocal work, again, stands out with its sweet overtones and fiercely solid underbelly. Her sister Miro’s buoyant and skillful percussion work packs the perfect amount of punch; she’s a natural drummer with great feel and timing.

“Tender” is an amazingly effective opener that encapsulates with perfect clarity what Tangerine is all about; it’s all positive energy and fist-pumping power pop fronted by an assertive vocal from Marika. It’s beachy surf rock you can get down to. “Sunset” is a complete and total earworm, the vocal and stunningly shimmering staccato guitar work from Kuhn and Marika intertwining in a wonderful way. The breakdown that comes into play near the end of the track shows off just how strong that hook is, and seamlessly blends into the next track, “Wild at Heart”. Yet another strong showing that delves further into some shimmery sister vocal harmonies and a shiny blend of guitar work that you can’t but tap your toes to.

If there’s a surprise on Sugar Teeth, it’s the title track itself. A sparser start allows for a different listen to the band, and it’s an intriguing song as it truly shows off their continued growth as clever songwriters through arrangement and tone. I adore the controlled freneticism on the rest of the record, but there’s an intangible with this track that really impresses. It captured my attention and had me under its spell. Another song that seems simple on the surface, but exemplifies the sophistication this band is developing as their sound continues to evolve.

Sugar Teeth is full of life and marked with passionate performance. Tangerine is a balanced trio of highly talented young musicians who clearly feed off each other’s strengths and have found a way to make what’s old, new again. Their signature shimmery surf pop has been amplified and elevated to the next level here. Tangerine tends to make music that leaves a lasting impression, and Sugar Teeth is sure to propel them much further along the positive trajectory they’re already on. Don’t be left out, this is a band to watch this year.

Tangerine: http://tangerineband.com/

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