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Teengirl Fantasy announces new album ‘Tracer’ out August 20th on R&S Records

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 26, 2012 by E.N.

While students at Oberlin College, Nick Weiss and Logan Takahashi connected over a shared love of classic house and techno records that prompted them to make, “some kind of dance music that wasn’t just emulating what we were hearing.” The duo formed their music organically, improvising over loops that eventually materialized into full-fledged compositions. Rather than relying on triggering loops, or quantization, Teengirl Fantasy’s music has always been performed and composed live, resulting in a form of discourse between the band and their instruments. The result is a-typical for electronic dance music – colorful, maximalist textures and tones that move along with a driving rhythm yet still retain a distinctly human and emotional core.
Artist: Teengirl Fantasy
Title: Tracer
Label: R&S Records
Release: 20.08.2012

Tracklist
01. Orbit
02. EFX (feat. Kelela)
03. Eternal
04. Pyjama (feat. Panda Bear)
05. Mist of Time (feat. Laurel Halo)
06. End
07. Vector Spray
08. Inca
09. Do It (feat. Romanthony)
10. Timeline

In the fall of 2010, True Panther Sounds and Merok released Teengirl Fantasy’s debut LP, 7AM. Titled after the, “confused, dreamy, half-awake, half-asleep state that one experiences after staying up all night partying”, 7AM was critically praised for its creative use of samples and experimentation. The album made numerous year-end lists including FACT, Pitchfork, XLR8R and established the pair as electronic visionaries.

On their sophomore LP, Tracer, Teengirl Fantasy cuts through some of the haze of their earlier recordings to create their most compositionally sophisticated work yet. “It’s more focused, far-reaching and it takes more risks”. Unlike 7AM, Tracer is completely sample-free and features an array of vocalists including Panda Bear, Romanthony (of Daft Punk’s “One More Time” fame), Laurel Halo, and newcomer Kelela. For the songs with vocalists, their approach is, “a wacked version of the pop format”. The album is sonically maximal and symphonic, with heavily layered songs containing multiple elements. “The editing is more painstaking- there’s more crafting to the songs”, says the duo. Although Tracer touches on an array of genres such as techno, pop, R&B, and house, it simulates a cohesive journey.

‘Tracer’ will be released August 20th on R&S Records,
Teengirl Fantasy Shows:
07/07 – T in the Park Festival – Slam Stage – Scotland
12/07 – Dour Festival – R&S Stage – Belgium
13/07 – Exit Festival – R&S showcase @ HAPPYNOVISAD Stage – Serbia

Album artwork by Kari Altmann

Download:Teengirl Fantasy -XLR8R podcast

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2010 by E.N.

2010 has been one of those years where the press likes to revive the notion that bands have made electronic music and dancing cool again… as though electronic music and dancing ever stopped being cool on some grand scale. We’re just guessing here, but it’s a safe bet that Logan Takahashi and Nick Weiss of Oberlin duo Teengirl Fantasy were never confused about these matters. The pair has just released its debut full-length, 7AM, on the True Panther label, and although the album offers much more than just four-on-the-floor dancefloor cuts, it does sport an abundance of vintage synth sounds, drum-machine beats, and nods to classic ’80s and ’90s dance music. If that’s not enough proof that the boys have a keen ear for the club, then this exclusive mix they assembled for the XLR8R podcast should eliminate any lingering doubts. The guys may not be professional DJs, but they sure can pick quality tunes, as they adeptly pair vintage rave and Chicago house with new-school cuts from UK post-dubstep luminaries (Actress, Mount Kimbie) and US contemporaries (Nguzunguzu, Blondes, Magick Mountain).

Download:Teengirl Fantasy XLR8R podcast

01 Teengirl Fantasy “Make the Move (Version)”
02 Inner City “Inner City Theme” (Virgin)
03 Demdike Stare “Conjoined” (Modern Love)
04 Actress “Maze” (Honest Jon’s)
05 Armando “Don’t Stop” (Trax)
06 Hieroglyphic Being “Machines For Lovers” (Ghostly)
07 Blondes “Moondance (Oneohtrix Point Never Sundial Mix)” (Merok)
08 Patrice Scott “Excursions” (Sistrum)
09 Mount Kimbie “Field” (Hotflush)
10 Nguzunguzu “Strut” (Silverback)
11 Magick Mountain “One For My Ego (June Mix)” (Pop Manifesto)
12 Ryuichi Sakamoto vs. Guido “Forbidden Sax (TGF Edit)”
13 Rockers Hi-Fi “Push Push” (Great Stuff)
14 Rhythim is Rhythim “Kaotic Harmony” (Transmat)

http://www.xlr8r.com

Teengirl Fantasy – 7AM album + Cheaters (Video)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 18, 2010 by E.N.


Kid geniuses Teengirl Fantasy present their debut LP “7AM”.
UK/European customers order the LP from Merok Records

While students at Oberlin College, Nick Weiss and Logan Takahashi clicked over a shared love of classic house and techno records that prompted them to make “some kind of dance music that wasn’t just emulating what we were hearing”. The duo’s music often forms out of melodies, samples or concepts that through jamming and improvisation organically materialize into full-fledged compositions. However, for “7AM”, their debut LP, they have also sharpened their focus and concentrated on structures, creating a set of 9 entirely new tracks that, while undoubtedly sounding cleaner and more polished, have more importantly lost none of the band’s intrigue and penchant for free-flowing experimentation. Rather than relying on triggering loops, or sequencing on a computer the music is performed and composed live, resulting in a form of discourse between the band and their instruments. The result is an a-typical one for electronic dance music- textures and tones that move along with a firm rhythmt but still retain an distinctly human and emotional core.

From the dramatic break that splits “Forever the Feeling” down the middle, to the soulful heart-break of “Dancing in Slow Motion”, featuring the vocal talents of Shannon Funchess, of Light Asylum, to the gloriously euphoric gospel-tinged trance of “Cheaters”, it is clear that “7AM” is a major leap forwards from anything they’ve done before. The title, in the bands words. “It is meant to evoke the sort of confused, dreamy, half-awake, half-asleep state that one experiences after staying up all night partying”. Somewhere between bliss, exhaustion, melancholy, start of a new day, end of a night”. And indeed, “7AM” is simultaneously haunting, off-kilter, moving and addictive.

At first glance, the moniker Teengirl Fantasy may seem strange for two American college students making sprawling, woozily throbbing electronic dance music. Upon closer inspection however the meaning seems to be made clear – their compositions, rather than reflecting the fascinations of a teenage girl, are intended more as a portal into the psyche of one, real or imagined – a densely cluttered, richly colorful stream of consciousness which may often dart in many directions at once, paying homage to everything from 90’s R&B, shoegaze, rave and vintage house divas, before assimilating it into one seamless whole.

http://www.truepanther.com

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