Andrea Tomasi’s “Hurricane Dream” will be in stores this September on Team Love! Pre-order at our webstore, and read more about Andrea below…
There’s more to this record you’re holding in your hands than you think. Listen close. The songs unfold softly, gently, like a slow fog rolling over the landscape, until the words have surrounded you without your noticing. And behind the songs you’ll start to hear natural voices. Birds in the bowers, trees rustling in the wind, crickets just out of reach. That’s because New England songwriter Andrea Tomasi didn’t record this album in a studio. She recorded it in the woods of a state park in New York. That wasn’t the plan at first, though. At first, Andrea Tomasi planned to record this album, her self-titled debut for record label Team Love (Conor Oberst, The Felice Brothers, Last Good Tooth), in a New York recording studio. But after the studio was damaged by Hurricane Irene, Team Love and producer Jeremy Backofen (Ólöf Arnolds, Tom Brosseau, Frightened Rabbit) decided to move the recording to nearby Minnewaska State Park, specifically the Shawangunk Ridge, an isolated high-altitude landscape that’s the Northern tip of the Appalachian mountain range. Using nature as the studio, the environment drew out the many natural elements in Andrea Tomasi’s songwriting, bringing her closer to the source of her music.
Primarily consisting of Taylor Hollingsworth (Dead Fingers, Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band) and Sweetdog (Dexateens, Paul “Wine” Jones, T-Model Ford) the band’s debut album, “Pawn and Gun,” is out on Team Love XX, 2013.
Sweetdog is a military man. One time in Somalia he had to shoot some camels that were in the middle of the road tied together by barbed wire as part of a roadblock. He received a Navy Achievement Medal for this actions and 3 days off in Mombasa.
Taylor was recruited by Sweetdog to play guitar in the band Dexateens. Years later they formed the band SDX, or Sweet Dog Experience. Taylor writes the songs, taking inspiration from Sweetdog. An SDX show is 90% improvised experimental rock n’ roll. The rhythm tracks were almost all improvised and recorded on the spot at Memphis Punk Rock n’ Roll Legend, Jack Oblivion’s apartment.
“Music as inspired by the roots music of Blue Ridge Appalacia as New England’s contemporary music scene..a distinctive voice that moves from gravelly to warbling in an instant…” –Utne Reader
“We can’t explain it, but we can sing along to it.” –KDHX Song of the Day
“[Songs] emerge…into richly layered, anthemic compositions, full of hope and fiddle.” –My Spilt Milk
“It is the way that old American music used to tell stories, and [singer] Sultan follows this tradition with his own stream-of-consciousness.” -Beyond Race
“With its entrancing melodies holding a sense of both mystery and familiarity, the band has managed to bring the magic of their live shows to a full-length album” -E Town
“Their melodies are entrancing, trapping you in their sound without complaint-it’s just good music that leaves the complications behind.” -Yankee Calling
“While there’s a few elements that are reminiscent to modern folk, such as the vocals and wordplay, I think this is much more accessible, in an endearing way.” -Austin Town Hall
“Last Good Tooth’s memorable live performances have been earning the band respect in New England and nationwide for years now. On “Not Without Work and Rest” they finally bring the experience and energy of their stage show to a full-length album.” -Frabric Oh
“Last Good Tooth, however, is actually really fucking good.” -Death & Taxes
“It’s not meant to be shiny, but pure and delightful, as if you just came out of the back room washing machine and wanted to sit and sing along to what’s being heard….Let your feet feel the earth.” -This is Book’s Music