‘Hearts On Hold’ | Tu Fawning

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Hearts on Hold | Tu Fawning

Sounds like: “An almost psychotic mix of Portishead and Tom Waits”

Tracks to download: ‘Apples and Oranges,’ ‘Lonely Nights’

It’s hard to describe Tu Fawning’s “Hearts On Hold.” With a two-note trumpet opening riff reminiscent of a battlefield, their sound is unfamiliar. If you aren’t prepared for exotic sounds, you may find that it’s just too much. But you might find yourself appreciating the vast influences, which range from Gamelan music to Jay-Z, that underwrite these songs.

Despite its status as a debut album, “Hearts on Hold” is a product of recording veterans Corrina Repp and Joe Haege. Their experience shows—the sound is refined and purposeful. The harmonies are unique, and the voices of Repp and Haege blend together smoothly. Somehow, ancient rhythms and modern beats coalesce to create precise percussion parts, and the addition of brass serves as a solid reminder that we are listening to something more modern.

Well-crafted and creative, the album is intriguing: the only way to appreciate Tu Fawning’s sound is to listen to it all the way through. Tu Fawning’s opening for Menomena is part of the Elevator Music Series at the Luminary Center For the Arts on Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m, and tickets are $12.

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