Toronto's Tallies have released a new single, and it might be some of the loveliest dream pop in existence. "Hearts Underground" is filled with wonderfully jangly guitars and some of the breeziest vocals around. It's reminding me of a cheery version of The Sundays, or if shoegaze could be undeniably poppy. This is the level of upbeat that would normally push me away, but Tallies have this undeniable charm that is impossible to resist. It's a perfect mix of 90's throwback and modern dream pop for everyone.
Singer Sarah Cogan says of the new song:
"This song is that little voice that kicks yourself. The voice that says, 'why’d you do that?' In this case, it was about how it holds me back, sometimes for the better. It’s about self-sabotage. Sometimes you wish this little voice would speak up sooner and not just after the fact. I wrote a song about that little voice that I’ve heard my whole life; it’s a reflection on times when I’ve held back too much or when I wish I’d held back more.”
You can watch the video for "Hearts Underground" below. Patina is due out July 29 on Bella Union (Europe), Kanine Records (USA), and Hand Drawn Dracula (Canada). For more on Tallies, check out the band's website. Upcoming tour dates are below the song.