Tanukichan Announces Debut Album "Sundays," Produced by Toro y Moi, Out July 13 on Company Records





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Tanukichan -- Bay Area musician Hannah van Loon -- announced her debut full-lengthSundays today; the album was produced by Chaz Bear of Toro y Moi and will be released on his label Company Records on July 13. The album title Sundays encapsulates Tanukichan's shoegaze sound, bolstered by hazy synths, fuzzy guitars, and contemplative, yearning lyrics about the dreamy middle ground between waking up and deciding what to do next. The Fader premiered the first single "Lazy Love" today, via a video directed by van Loon. 

"'Lazy Love' is set in one of those summer days when the day is too beautiful to risk ruining it with other people. Loon posts up near a pool, gets lost in her own aqueous reflections, and casts a veil of grinding guitar noise and tranquil, Belinda Butcher-esque melodies." - The Fader

Sundays is out July 13 on Company Records and is available for pre-order now.

Tanukichan - Sundays
July 13, 2018 - Company Records
1. Lazy Love
2. The Best
3. Like the Sun
4. Bitter Medicine
5. Hunned Bandz
6. Natural
7. The Blue Sky
8. Sundays
9. Perfect
10. This Time


Tanukichan is the solo project of Bay Area-based Hannah van Loon. After growing up making and performing classical music and playing the violin, keys, bass and guitar, van Loon experimented with bluegrass and jazz and unexpectedly fell into making pop music with San Francisco band Trails and Ways. She toured and performed with the band for four years before feeling a need to focus on her own music again, which led to her creating solo songs and being introduced by a mutual friend to Chaz Bear of Toro Y Moi and Les Sins. Bear helped her to rework most of the songs and take chances on fully forming a new sonic direction.
Sundays, her debut full length as Tanukichan, is her first music since 2016's EP Radiolove. Produced by Bear, the record is a shoegazy and personal approach to love, loss and longing, melding vague, devastating lyrics with gorgeous dream pop music. Though Bear and van Loon played all the instruments on the record, she does have plans to play the intimate tracks live both nationally and locally. The album very much feels like a new beginning for van Loon, her music, and her relationship to the area that she was raised in; it feels like an understated declaration of a new voice that she has developed and nurtured.

Sundays is a beautiful homage to recognizing your reality, and the wants of the people around you and deciding how you will move on and grow as a person. The music sounds at home both at a beach and in a quiet bedroom, music made for the weekend days where relaxing and reflecting commingle, the long summer days that you hope will never end.