Photo: Anya Kamenskaya
Tanukichan - Bitter Medicine
Info: After four years as guitarist in Californian band Trails & Ways, Tanukichan (Hannah van Loon) has struck out on her own, the San Francisco musician has just released her debut solo single, 'Bitter Medicine' (above).
When you look at 'Bitter Medicine' from a distance it looks like a pretty and straight-up piece of guitar pop. Closer inspection and another couple of listens however and you are truly taken in by all of its charm and little intricacies. From the opening Sergio Leone soundtrack style guitar intro, to Tanukichan's strikingly late 60's / early 70's vocal, it has the softness of Astrud Gilberto and the earnestness of Dusty Springfield, a very unusual mix for me to hear, but so, so easy on the ear. With a EP en route it's going to be really interesting to see what else van Loon produces.
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