….Our new “Avenging Angels E.P.” is out now!
It features six brand new recordings and is (we feel) a huge leap forward for us.
You can purchase the E.P. on C.D. from www.musicbytenonsaw.com for €10
(including postage within Ireland, small extra
charges apply for delivery outside Ireland).
It is also available to download from Amazon (.com / .co.uk / .de / .it / .fr / .co.jp and others), iTunes (search for “Tenonsaw” in your own iTunes store for regional variations), and other on-line stores, and all Download versions including the one from our site include our previous single “After Each Dark” as a bonus track. Also streaming on Spotify, Last.FM and others.
The E.P. opens with “Avenging Angels”, a trip-hop groove with a soaring middle 8, a song from the point of view of a character driven to murdering her lover and committing suicide, justifying herself to the Angels she sees coming to take her to judgement. The video was filmed in our home studio (emptied for the day) and can be seen below:
The next song is called “The Chapel”, and is another story song from the point of view of a narrator driven to obsession, stalking the object of their unrequited desire. This song was originally an acoustic folk-style song, and then became an alternative-country-ish track with driving guitars. The version presented on the E.P. was originally prepared by Tom as a remix for a B-side, but we fell in love with the trance-y uptempo vibe and decided to release this as the main version. The other versions are very likely to see the light of day at some point in the future.
“Skin” follows, a more personal song about the need for intimacy and understanding in a relationship, and opening up to your lover. Beat-less and sparse with another glorious middle 8, this is Tenonsaw at our most vulnerable with a beautiful up-close vocal from Salt.
“Try To Sleep” is an up-beat Electro / Hip-Hop song with complex chord changes and Daft Punk influenced Synths, written by Tom late one night while Tenonsaw were apart in seperate countries. The lyrics are direct and simple, and much of the music (especially the improvised coda) was recorded in single live takes to preserve the fresh and ragged feel.
The epic penultimate song “The Heat Will Fade” is next, a two-part song-suite describing an argument between lovers. Musically the whole track is built on a single chord sequence played on guitar, with many layers of variation applied in sequence with different instruments with the song becoming more complex as it progresses.
Finally the E.P. closes with “Waves”, a re-recording of an old favourite. This version is more reflective and at peace than previous versions, and brings the E.P. to a close with a swell of distortion, Salt’s expressive finger-style guitar and voice and orchestrated programming by Tom showing just what Tenonsaw are about in 2013.
Full lyrics, credits and some extra artwork taken from photos by Salt Eriksson are on display [here], the C.D. sleeve also includes a unique set of photographs by Salt, and don’t forget we have also recorded a video for “Waves” which you can view [here].