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Tempest Bathes You in Its Nods to Eighties Electronica

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On Monday we debuted a single from Houston electro-pop artist Tee Vee, and while she may not be a name you’re familiar with, she’s no stranger to the music world. Aside from being the lead singer for indie rock group Rose Ette, the solo artist has become known for her production credits and strengths as a solo act. Donning the stages of festivals and growing a fan base from her debut EP, Tee Vee’s new album Tempest is on a whole other level. Producing the bulk of the album with engineering by John Allen Stephens, the nine tracks are a mixture of eighties new wave and pop greatness packaged in one nice bundle of electronic joy.

If you only heard the opener “Skysong,” you’d be doing head and shoulders above most. The almost early Depeche Mode tones of the synths, the cluster of melodies and the stride of the song lead to plenty of catchy hooks. The vocals dance above the track like sugary dust that makes your head bop and should bring a smile to your face. The entire album is steeped in melody and pop structuring that keeps each track in your head well after you hear each one.

The distanced tones of “So Far” offer hints of darkness buried within the melodic notes, the crazed break beats and ethereal synths that meet with pop vocals on “Dreaming” give you plenty of joyous moments as well. But the magic here lies on tracks you’ve not heard yet. “Wild” has a broad and open start where the beat pulses like a heartbeat and get intersected with secondary beats and synths that play like eighties new wave royalty as Tee Vee sings lightly above it all. The song is structured differently than most modern pop, yet it doesn’t sound foreign to your ears. The way the vocals are paired with the keys creates a magical bond that isn’t really present in electro-pop today. “Tempest” has a slow build, it pulls you in with darker synths and a slower beat while the vocals come in in an understated way. When Tee Vee’s vocals hit higher notes they get multiple beat clusters that play beside them, creating an inventive approach to a pop track like you’ve not heard.

However, with all of the up that’s on the release, it’s the dark pop sounds of “Home” that hit the hardest. It has a very earnest sound. The way she constructs the music creates a feeling that’s warming to the soul, yet it’s still undeniably hard to shake. The way these songs are written not only up the producer’s game, but place Tee Vee on a higher plane than most modern pop artists. Tempest is everything you want it to be and more.

Tempest is available to stream on all streaming sites, it can be purchased digitally from all online music retailers and it can be purchased on a limited run vinyl directly from the Tee Vee Bandcamp. Tee Vee is set to announce touring plans soon, and she can be seen in person Saturday June 08 in Houston, TX at Axelrad.

Image Credits: Photo by Rye Francisco.

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David Garrick

David Garrick has spent the last five years interviewing some of the most intriguing and engaging artists performing today. Everyone from Angel Olsen to Phoebe Bridgers, Wire to Yo La Tengo, Snail Mail to Soccer Mommy, Ghost to First Aid Kit, The Breeders to Protomartyr, and many more. He's a giant fan of music of pretty much any genre; but especially to the underdogs. He's been known to see more concerts in a week than many people will see in a year.

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