Thursday, January 11, 2024

Aaron Lee Tasjan - "Horror of it All"

Photo by Shervin Lainez

Back in 2021, Aaron Lee Tasjan blew us away with Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan! It was my #4 album of that year, and saw Tasjan pushing the boundaries of country and alt-country further than possible. He's back with a new single that bursts through those boundaries, and keeps pushing. "Horror of it All" is a synth heavy song that is mostly pop, but also has a surprising amount of indie rock injected, too. It's a song obviously inspired by 80's synth-pop, but also 90's guitar heavy indie rock. Tasjan moves through these sounds masterfully and makes the entire thing blend together effortlessly. If we thought Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan! was hard to define, get ready for his next album!

Aaron Lee Tasjan says of his latest single:

“When I think of what scares me the most about ‘being myself,’ is that I’ll get rejected for it. This song examines the concepts of both rejection and self-acceptance through metaphors of childhood playground heartbreak and the dramatic nature of the teenage experience. The story is being told through the eyes of a young queer person. I wanted to use experiences from childhood in the song because I feel like those heartaches are the ones that are truly everlasting. In life, we have to deal with and learn from the heartbreaks of our youth. Those lessons stay with us because the pain of the experience can be processed but the memory of it happening always remains.”

You can watch the video for "Horror of it All" below. Stellar Evolution is due out April 12 on Blue Elan. For more on Aaron Lee Tasjan, check out the artist's website. Upcoming tour dates are below the video.

April 18, 2024 - Duck Room - St. Louis, MO

April 19, 2024 - SPACE - Chicago, IL

April 20, 2024 - Acorn - Three Oaks, MI

April 21, 2024 - Monarch Tavern - Toronto

April 23, 2024 - Middle East Up - Boston, MA

April 25, 2024 - Baby’s All Right - Brooklyn, NY

April 26, 2024 - Johnny Brenda’s - Philadelphia, PA

April 27, 2024 - DC9 - Washington, D.C.

April 28, 2024 - Cat’s Cradle Back - Raleigh, NC

April 30, 2024 - Grey Eagle - Asheville, NC

May 2, 2024 - The Blue Room - Nashville, TN

May 12, 2024 - The Casbah - San Diego, CA

May 14, 2024 - Moroccan Lounge - Los Angeles, CA

May 15, 2024 - Cafe Du Nord - San Francisco, CA

May 17, 2024 - Polaris - Portland, OR

May 18, 2024 - Sunset Tavern - Seattle, WA

May 21, 2024 - Globe Hall - Denver, CO

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