“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is a Toronto based four piece whose self-titled debut album is due out on 11th January 2019 (first time we’ve mentioned next year on these pages!) on Fear Of Missing Out Records.

In thrall to 4AD dreamscapes woven by bands such as Cocteau Twins or Dead Can Dance, the band consists of Sarah Cogan (vocals, rhythm guitar), Dylan Frankland (lead guitar), Cian O’Neill (drums), and Stephen Pitman (bass) and together they curate deftly textured pop which combine FX pedal to the metal with winsome vocal sciroccos. It’s an enthralling alchemy, and in undiluted unison they have conjured their “song for ewe” together, which figures, or I should say…Tallies

Here’s the stupefying lead single “Beat The Heart” from “Tallies” which bemoans the lack of empathy in our troubled times.


Cogan apparently “started music lessons at a young age, learning simple piano melodies and guitar chords that she could sing and write lyrics over” and Frankland grew up “with a music-obsessed father who introduced him to greats like The Smiths, The Sundays, Aztec Camera, and Cocteau Twins” a sentence which has made me feel very old given that I could well be that Dad.

Perhaps for the next Father’s Day I will see ads directed at me for a re-release of The Sundays “Reading, Writing and Arithmetic” since that was an album that Tallies played a lot while writing theirs. It does mean one thing, as well as being young, they’ve got impeccable taste, borne out in their “song for ewe” choice…so without further ado…

“This song is a favourite of all members of Tallies. It’s a great tune for listening when you need time to pass, like on a long drive or to keep you in motion whilst working on any chores around the house.

What do we love about it? It’s got groove, that’s not too pungent and there’s layers of sweetness with multiple melodies dancing around each other.

Dylan was recommended listening to The Durutti Column by friend, Jonathan Rogers (Elsa, The Seams) based on sharing similar music tastes. After listening through his discography, this is one of our favourites from his body of work.”

See Tallies live:
10/18 – Halifax, Nova Scotia – Kanine Records Halifax Explosion Party
10/22 – Quebec, Canada – L’Anti Bar Spectacles
10/24 – Montreal, Canada – Casa Del Popolo
10/25 – Ottawa, Canada – Bar Robo
10/26 – Sudbury, Canada – The Townehouse
12/17 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right (Kanine Records, Dr Martens, Collide Holiday Party)

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