Tancred: “Birthday Candles”

Photo by: Chloe Aftel

Commin’ at you like Sleater-Kinney wrapped in Cardigans is Minnesota’s Tancred — the answer to “I’m nostalgic for the 90s, but I want something fresh.” The musical embodiment of the moment you drop your favorite LUSH bath bomb in the tub, “Birthday Candles” is Tancred’s first single to follow-up their third album, last year’s Out of the Garden. Singer and lead songwriter Jess Abbott’s cherry-Smackers-flavored vocals drift up and over with sugary ease that falls into and floats over the fuzzy-guitar-driven, lo-fi cloud of nostalgia-bred indie-pop.

“Birthday Candles” is out now, via Polyvinyl.

-Taylor Wallace; host, Thursdays at 8pm & Saturdays at 2pm; producer, Eklektikos with John Aielli; host, SoundCheck Music News

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