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Tango Alpha Tango isn't the band it once was. The tried-and-true riffage and raw psychedelia, once the cornerstones of singer-guitarist Nathan Trueb's particular brand of blues, have recently given way to a more pop-friendly kind of rock, as evident on the band's latest release, White Sugar. Songs like "I Gotta Girl" and the title track showcase familiar distortion and chugging electric guitar, though the rest are more polished and subdued. "People," for instance, has a carnivalesque design that banks on a lofty chorus and drummer Joey Harmon's fills, while "Lonely" takes a more soulful approach to heartbreak before turning to chiming guitars and an accepting mentality that echos Tom Petty's comeback album, Wildflowers. Trueb's bright guitar work is tighter than ever throughout, lined with fluttering bits of jazz and improvisation that build upon his subtle interplay with his wife, Mirabai, and Harmon. "I'll take you anyway I please/You might be the last thing that I need," he sings over the spare backdrop and gently plucked guitar of "Gasoline." He might be getting softer, but his music is better for it.
BRANDON WIDDER, WILLAMETTE WEEK
Erica Cooper is an Alternative Pop Singer-Songwriter from Bainbridge Island, Washington. Her main instrument is piano. She studied Jazz Vocal Performance and Composition at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Erica performs as a solo artist and with her five piece band. After graduating from Cornish, she started taking audio lessons from engineer and producer, Alek Edmonds. There she found her passion for writing and sound. For the last 3 years, she has been writing and recording her first album with Alek Edmonds. Erica is influenced by Disco and artists like Radiohead, The Eurythmics, Grimes, Joni Mitchell, Enya, Florence and the Machine, Imogen Heap, Arcade Fire and Feist. Themes in Erica's music include the roles we play in love relationships, vulnerability, being present and staying in the moment, loss, addiction, her struggle with Lyme Disease, the highest highs and the lowest lows, self empowerment, setting boundaries, and hope. Erica's debut album Safety Escape will be self released on her record label Safety Escape Records, April 29th, 2017. Safety Escape was produced by Alek Edmonds, mixed by Paul David Hager (live engineer for Miley Cyrus, Devo) and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Nirvana, Jeff Buckley)