Dream-pop group Tallies share ‘Memento’

Tallies press photo
Photo credit: Kate Dockeray

The Toronto-based band, Tallies have shared their new single, Memento which comes as the final advance preview of their forthcoming album, ‘Patina’ which is out this Friday, July 29 via Kanine Records (US), Hand Drawn Dracula (Canada) and Bella Union (UK/EU). The latest single arrives following a string of recent tracks which have found support at Stereogum, Paste, Clash, Under the Radar, Exclaim, CBC Radio, Brooklyn Vegan and more with the new record following their self-titled debut which earned acclaim at NYLON, DIY, CRACK, MOJO, KEXP and BBC 6 Music in 2019.

Speaking about this new single, Sarah of the band says: “I am a firm believer in “what goes down must come up,” people usually say the opposite, but this is a motto I’ve used throughout my life. When things aren’t going well, they have a tendency to bounce back. Memento, to me, is my pick-up song. When I sing “gotta get you on your way now”, I’m saying that it’s time to move on and move forward. I’ve had many moments in my life where I’ve lost momentum and felt directionless like I’d fallen into a black hole. It’s hard to crawl out of the hole and get back on track. I think there are a lot of people who spend their time thinking about how they need to get back on track. Listen to this song and remind yourself it’s time to look forward and lean into the future.” Listen to Memento here or watch the video clip via YouTube below.

The balance of optimism and something more world-weary and wise is symptomatic of Tallies’ music, this new single Memento lays into those ideas once more while drawing on gliding, shoegaze-adjacent jangle-pop reminiscent of The Sundays, Galaxie 500, Ride, etc. While many of their songs are upbeat, with Frankland’s breezy guitar lines drenched in reverb, soaring over Cian O’Neill’s propulsive drumbeats, Sarah’s lyrics pull out deep thought and emotive responses to day-to-day struggles.

Coming produced by Graham Walsh (of Holy Fuck, previously helmed records by METZ and Alvvays) alongside Dylan Frankland of the band at Palace Sound, Baskitball 4 Life and Candle Recording in Toronto, ‘Patina’ arrives as a true labor of love; one that was delayed due to the pandemic but ultimately marks a truly rewarding collection for the band. Upon sharing the music with labels, it pricked the ears of Cocteau Twins’ Simon Raymonde – a hero of the band – who signed Tallies to his Bella Union label, providing “a light at the end of a dark tunnel” according to Sarah Cogan of the band.

Tallies, who have previously opened for the likes of The Ocean Blue, Sloan, Mudhoney, Tim Burgess and Hatchie, is made up of founding members, guitarist, Dylan Frankland and singer/guitarist, Sarah Cogan who are joined by drummer, Cian O’Neill.

Tour dates
Jul 29 – The Garrison, Toronto, ON
Sep 02 – FME, Rouyn Noranda, QC
Sep 03 – Townhouse Tavern, Sudbury, ON
Sep 10 – Supercrawl, Hamilton, ON
Oct 06 – Berlin, NYC, NY
Oct 07 – Tellus360, Lancaster, PA
Oct 08 – Pie Shop, Washington, DC

Tallies Patina cover artwork
Patina‘ track listing

1. No Dreams of Fayres
2. Hearts Underground
3. Wound Up Tight
4. Catapult
5. Heavens Touch
6. Special
7. Memento
8. Am I The Man
9. When Your Life is Not Over

Pre-order Tallies’ ‘Patina’ here

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