Spring might have just begun, but TØMA’s new track “Book of Yesterday” screams summertime! If you’re like me, there’s no bad time of year for a rhythmic tune featuring sugary synths and bubbly guitar riffs. With an almost addictive melody, this song is sure to get your attention. Think Tame Impala meets Family of the Year. A compelling tune that is both playful and thought-provoking. Is it too early to say song of the Summer?
TØMA is a four-piece indie pop band based out of Austin, Texas. Originally formed in 2014, their first full-length album Aroma came out in 2017 and was produced by James Petralli of White Denim. The band took their show on the road playing gigs across the country while perfecting the retro pop sound. Their live performances are reminiscent of pop legends Squeeze and The Cars, yet retain the intricate craftsmanship that is necessary of a modern act like Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Musical craftsmen themselves, lead singer Henry Johnson and keyboardist Waldo Wittenmyer like to mend elements of different decades and styles of music together. They rely on their years of songwriting experience to connect the various components.
Their debut album Aroma is a perfect example of the wonderful artistic vision the band possesses. High-spirited in nature, the tracks feature dreamlike riffs and melodic drumming that do a great job of complementing Henry Johnson’s lively vocals. The songs work both on an independent level and collectively as a whole. Overall, I think it is no coincidence they named the album Aroma. It does a magnificent job of creating an immersive sonic atmosphere that stimulates the senses from the very first note. Their latest single “Book of Yesterday” is subtly different and perhaps represents an evolution in sound. Sounding like a poppy dreamscape on a sunny day, the song shows this band has barely scratched the surface in terms of their potential. One thing is for sure, you’ll want to keep an eye out for these up and comers.
Photo Cred: Félix De Portu