New Music Critique: Tanuki Project

Production9
Lyrics7
Music8
Vocals8
Musicianship7
7.8

Tanuki Project   
Contact: thetanukiproject@gmail.com

Web: thetanukiproject.com

Seeking: Booking, Film/TV
Style: Electronic, Trip-Hop, Cinematic

From Montreal, the duo calling itself the Tanuki Project seems to adhere to a rigid format of ominous, evocative “late-night tracks” topped off with a pretty, ethereal female vocal. On the upside, the pair deploy good sounds and subtly effective beat changes, though perhaps too much at times.  “Distopia” sounds exactly as you’d expect: thoroughly downbeat and atmospheric. A similar outing is “Slow,” which has plenty of electro fizz amid the murky undertones. It’s impressive how well mixed this recording is, with very appealing voice blends. It’s perfect for last song/dance at a club. “Stone,” despite the overall grim glow of the music, is  a song whose message is one of resilience and optimism.