Portland, Oregon-based quartet, Tu Fawning is pleased to announce the release of its debut full length, Hearts on Hold. The album will become available throughout North America on October 5 via the band's imprint label, Provenance Records, followed by a January 2011 release from the folks at City Slang Records (Calexico, Black Mountain, HEALTH, Menomena).
Tu Fawning is a collective of songsmiths and multi-instrumentalists founded by Joe Haege (31Knots, Menomena) and Corrina Repp. After releasing the Secession EP (Polyvinyl) in 2008, the group doubled in size when longtime collaborators Toussaint Perrault and Liza Rietz joined full time last year.
Steeped in dark mystery, texture, and beauty that pours forth from an assortment of instruments including guitar, drums, piano, brass, and samples, Hearts on Hold is a polished, revealing record that perfectly complements fall's kaleidoscope-spectrum of leaves and crisp breezes that seductively overcomes lungs more accustomed to more temperate air. Nowhere is this more apparent than on the album's first single, "The Felt Sense," is a haunting piece where heart-pulsing drums contrast with Repp's soulful vocal performance, glossing over lyrics about lost love.
Hearts on Hold also marks the first official release from Provenance, which Tu Fawning began in accordance to its philosophy that art should take priority over the business of record-selling (The name of the label was chosen in reference to the place of origin, or the history of ownership of a work of art or literature). From the matching fun-house atmospheres with minimalist guitar riffs on "Sad Story," to the honeyed vocal harmonies of theatrical piano ballad "Apples and Oranges," to the reimagined rock 'n' roll swagger of "I Know You Now," the dynamic collection of music contained on the album shows that group has fully embraced these ideals.