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Tell Me What You Miss The Most

    Tasha’s second album, ‘Tell Me What You Miss The Most’ mingles pockets of introspection with wide, expansive, marveling at what’s yet to come. Born and raised in Chicago, Tasha is a musician who writes songs that take loving and longing seriously. Whether dwelling in the sad thrum of an impending break up or the dizzying, heart thumping waltz of new infatuation, here is an album that traces one artist’s relationship to herself in love. Full of deep, invigorating inhales and relieved, joyful exhales, Tell Me What You Miss The Most is an exquisitely crafted breath of much needed air.

    Tell Me What You Miss the Most isn’t just a catalogue of tenderness it’s also a showcase of Tasha’s growing and formidable musician-ship. “When I made Alone at Last, I had only been writing songs for two years. I hardly even knew what kind of song writer I was. But this record feels much stronger as far as a representation of my songwriter and musicianship,” says Tasha, adding “I did feel like I was piloting it in a way that I haven’t really felt before.”
    “I was inspired by a distance I felt from myself,” says Tasha of the album, “the writing was kind of born from this desire to get back to an intimacy, or honesty, with myself.” Other inspirations include kissing, long drives in nature, her mother, and “winter and all that it allows (being alone inside, wrapped up in something warm, feeling things deeply.)” Her list of inspirations is a collection of types of touch; fleeting affectionate touch, the brush of a knit blanket, the bracing grip of feeling one’s own skin twinned in a palm. So too does the album veer in and out of touch with Tasha herself, tracing tenderness and loneliness, the paradox of feeling held and utterly abandoned at once.

    “Tasha makes wondrous, gentle soul that advocates for self-care.” – Pitchfork.

    “Genre fluid like Lianne La Havas and Jamila Woods, with decorative-but-unobtrusive guitar work and electronics, Tasha roots her songs in a conversational poetry that hits like heart pangs.” - NPR Music.

    “Her gentle, resplendent songs are a salve for those who struggle to find space to be themselves.” - Chicago Reader.


    TRACK LISTING

    Side A
    1. Bed Song 1
    2. History
    3. Perfect Wife
    4. Sorry’s Not Enough
    5. Love Interlude
    Side B
    1. Dream Still
    2. Burton Island
    3. Lake Superior
    4. Year From Now
    5. Bed Song 2

    Jaws Of Love.

    Tasha Sits Close To The Piano

      Kelcey Ayer, the creative force behind Jaws of Love., has always been an ace at writing a good love song—he just didn’t always recognize his genre. Known to fans as a member of Local Natives, he has been writing his own brand of moody piano-centric songs for the last 10 years. As Local Natives geared up to release their third album, Ayer booked time in the same LA studio, Electro-Vox and in a three-day burst he recorded seven of his own songs. Playing on the studio’s grand and upright pianos, Ayer allowed his emotional intuition to lead the way while working on his dark, dramatic music. The piano is a centerpiece, whether out front on its own like on the opening track “Jaws of Love.” or ushering in a maelstrom of synth programming as on “Microwaves.”

      Every tune on the record features piano in a major capacity, with Ayer’s lilting, deliberate voice guiding the melodies with nuance and assurance. “Hawaiian License Plates.” dips and soars, while “Lake Tahoe.” pulls the tempo back down like an R & B torch song sung at 3 a.m.“Everything.” features a ripping horn wail, and Ayer’s heart-worn vocals over the steady click track on the lovelorn “Love Me Like I’m Gone.” take the song to dramatic heights. As the Radiohead-recalling final song, “Nightlight.,” starts and ends with Ayer’s simple, rhythmic piano chords and gentle croon, Jaws of Love.’s place and power are cemented.

      RIYL: James Blake, Radiohead, Sampha, Portishead, Sufjan Stevens, Local Natives, Bon Iver 


      TRACK LISTING

      1. Jaws Of Love.
      2. Hawaiian License Plates.
      3. Lake Tahoe.
      4. Microwaves
      5. Shrink...
      6. Everything.
      7. Love Me Like I’m Gone.
      8. Before The Hurting Lands.
      9. Costa Rica.
      10. Nightlight.


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