Latest release: “Freeclouds” (Western Vinyl)
Who: We always wondered what became of Tulsa, a Boston-based band who released an outstanding EP of spooky folk-rock called “I Was Submerged” in 2007 and then vanished. Well, Tulsa’s main creative force, Carton Tanton, is finally back after a few years of label struggles and working with other artists like Marissa Nadler and the Lower Dens.
What they’re saying: “A dizzying journey into the region somewhere between jangly alt-country and basement indie rock.” – NPR World Café
What we’re saying: “Freeclouds” retains some of Tulsa’s Byrds-in-a-haunted-house qualities, but the songwriting is more direct, the lyrics more playful and filled with vague references to David Bowie’s “Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud,” a nifty device that gives the album a sense of cohesiveness without becoming too literal. Dreamy psych-folk nuggets like “In Knots” and “Fake Pretend” (the latter featuring a lovely vocal from Nadler) suggest a countrified Deerhunter, conjuring up that band’s same uncanny mix of nostalgia and dread, but achieving it with more acoustic guitars and less post-punk angst. – Andy Hermann
Listen: Carton Tanton - "Murderous Joy”
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