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Singer/songwriter/guitarist Jess Abbott first began releasing solo material as Tancred in 2011 while a member of the Minneapolis indie rock group Now, Now. Seven years later, her fourth Tancred LP, Nightstand, is her first after parting ways with the band and relocating back to her home state of Maine. While the project began with a collection of relatively restrained, introspective home recordings, she quickly became associated with a more aggressive, '90s-inspired alt-rock sound, if one tempered by bright hooks and melodicism. On Nightstand, she almost splits the difference, softening her tone but not abandoning the crunchy effervescence of prior albums. It opens with a dreamy keyboards-and-strings prologue about unrequited love, easing listeners into its less defiant front before launching into the driving "Queen of New York." The latter's choruses feature a big vocal melody and churning, harmonic guitars, though the verses contrast with staccato guitar, bass, and drums, serving mostly to mark time. Another uptempo anthem, "Something Else," has melodic guitar hooks, a rumbling low end, and singalong backing vocals for a lively, full-range impact. Much of the album, however, balances acoustic moments with a full rock band, and takes on a more thoughtful demeanor. "Apple Tree Girl" is one such track, opening with acoustic guitar and earnest vocals, adding strings before it picks up a rhythm section and electric instruments. The closer, "Rowing," even adds accordion to the mix (in reference to street musicians) alongside grungier tendencies. The album was recorded with Lewis Pesacov (Best Coast, Valley Queen), whose studio reportedly offered more options in terms of instruments and gear than Abbott had had before. Altogether, the finished recordings take on a more vulnerable, nuanced tone while at the same time sounding more effortless than she ever has before.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/01/2018
Label: Polyvinyl Records
UPC: 0644110034427
catalogNumber: 344
Rank: 114823

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tancred   Primary Artist
Ashley Walters   Cello
Jenny Owen Youngs   Vocals
Garrett Ray   Percussion
Lewis Pesacov   Piano
Adrianne Pope   Violin
Jess Abbott   Guitar,Vocals
Samira Winter   Vocals
Kevin Medina   Drums
Alyssa Rydell   Vocals
Terrence Vitali   Bass
Jasmine Kostraba   Accordion

Technical Credits

Peter Harper   Composer
Bradley Hale   Artwork,Layout
Lewis Pesacov   Composer,Producer
Shervin Lainez   Cover Photo
Bram Inscore   Composer
Coco Morier   Composer
Jess Abbott   Composer

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