Tomten 11/9/12



November 9th, 2012


Also: Sea of Glass, Darian Renee

Location: The Crux- Boise, ID
Time: 9pm
Cover: $3

“This young Seattle band’s second album is an impressive set of well-crafted indie-pop steeped in the music of ‘60s girl groups and British bands, with a variety of impeccably arranged songs featuring reverbed guitars, organ, gorgeous harmonies, and catchy pop melodies.” –KEXP

“A charming stage presence, playful pop songs, and impressive musical skills. … they know how to put a show together, and one day soon, they’ll be at the top of festival bills. Go see them in the intimate venues while you can.” –The Stranger

Fans of the late, lamented the Dutchess and the Duke might find some solace in their Emerald City citymates Tomten. Not that the quartet attempts D&D’s dueling boy-girl campfire intimacy. Rather, Tomten shares a similar affinity for the smokiest, most world weary of all the amber-tinted folk-psych-pop made in the ’60s: Between the Buttons, Songs of Leonard Cohen, Chelsea Girl. Frontman Brian Noyeswatkins sounds like Mick Jagger at his “Lady Jane”-iest, as the band traffics in lovely, organ-augmented tones that flicker like candlelight. Their album Wednesday’s Children makes good on the promise of the Ta Ta Dana EP (whose title track makes a welcome reappearance on the full-length), and Tomten makes clear that they’re capable of making great tunes that stand on their own strength, no references to the past required. – Portland Mercury


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