Towards the end of last year, we had the pleasure of reviewing Tuvaband‘s sensitive indie single ‘Full Bloom’ and that track is back on our radar thanks to the release of this artist’s new album, New Orders. Over fourteen songs, we’re submerged into the ethereal world of Tuva Hellum Marschhäuser as she combines elements of indie-folk, dream-pop, and synth-pop. Everything you’ll hear on this record was done by the artist herself, including playing all the instruments (except trombone and drums, though she had programmed these beforehand and additionally kept parts of it), as well as recording, producing, and mixing it. This marks a huge stepping-stone in Tuvaband‘s evolution, as this is the first time she’s taken total control over an album, and so we can argue that New Orders is a pure distillation of this artist without the extraneous influence of others.
Let’s hone in on focus single ‘New Orders’ as a good representation of the album as a whole. First of all, the production on this track is sublime, it’s like entering some divine realm where solid objects seamlessly transform into gossamer fabrics floating through space. From the outset, Tuvaband delicately threads together heavily reverberated guitars, sporadic drums and emotional horns, over which her tastefully filtered voice pensively sings. The downtempo verses steadily build up to earnest choruses where the synth keys kick in and Marschhäuser passionately pleas, “please don’t let this crisis go to waste.” ‘New Orders’ puts a whole new spin on “crisis” as something that can ignite change and foster newfound introspection. And it’s so beautifully done.
We hope that this has whet your appetite for the rest of this gorgeous album, which we heartily encourage that you stream below
You can also listen to ‘New Orders’ in our Outsiders Club playlist.