Photo by Henry Jordan Smith
The latest from Tenci is going to win you over purely by the charm of singer Jess Shoman's vocals alone. "Sour Cherries" starts off as this gorgeously sweet song I'll call folk for lack of a better description. It's quiet and it reminds me a lot of the more folk side of a band like Big Thief. The drumbeat is interesting and doesn't quite seem to match the song, but in a good way. And then these horns kick in that give the song a bit of a 70's soft rock feel. The song starts to fade out after about two minutes, and if it did, it would have been a good song. But there are still four minutes left, and the song then evolves into a relatively quiet and laid back folk/free jazz/indie rock freak out. There's not much out there that sounds like Tenci, despite "Sour Cherries" sounding strangely familiar.
Jess Shoman says of the band's new single:
“‘Sour Cherries’ is very simply about succumbing to the bittersweet feelings of love.”
You can listen to "Sour Cherries" below. A Swollen River, A Well Overflowing is due out November 4 on Keeled Scales. The album can be pre-ordered here. For more on Tenci, check out the band's website. Upcoming tour dates are below the song.