Tacocat – Hologram

Seattle quartet Tacocat are on the verge of releasing their fourth album ‘This Mess Is A Place’ due on May 3rd. As a taster we have had the single ‘Grains Of Salt’, a punchy groove, with free-roving bass, funky and scratchy guitar and a great hookline chorus.

The follow-up ‘Hologram’ builds the anticipation further with a drum-driven slice of pure indie pop, with existentialist musings inter-weaved with social comment ‘….don’t take this the wrong way but you’re doing this the wrong way…’.

The slices of echoing guitar build a platform for a juicy, dense and thoughtful lyric, always resolving into the ambiguity of the addictive chorus; ‘….just close your eyes and think about the Milky Wayjust remember if you can, power is a hologram….’. Musically and lyrically it is an excellent track.

After ten years of performing the band are highly regarded with a following that continues to grow. They manage to successfully embrace strong messages (as one reviewer has written about the new LP ‘… throughout the album, Tacocat questions power structures and the way we interact with them, recalling the feminist sci-fi of Ursula K. Le Guin in pop-music form…’) with an impeccable, unabashed tunefulness (as the KEXP DJ said to the band prior to a blistering live performance ‘…it’s impossible to listen to your music and not smile…’)

Mike Wright

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