Tusks: Toronto Single Review

Today sees Tusks release a brand new single via One Little Indian and it’s no surprise that it’s a masterpiece. Tusks is the brain child of Emily Underhill and she made her debut three years ago. Back then Underhill released the sublime Ink EP independently and this featured tunes such as Burn, Dreamcatcher, Ink and Answers. Those 4 sparkling originals showed that Emily had the knack for writing enchanting pop songs. Last year Underhill followed Ink up with the False EP via the One Little Indian label. Yet again it showcased 4 tantalising tunes which had my taste buds flowing.

2017 has seen Tusks support the wonderful Alpines both in Europe and the United Kingdom. This April will see them support Alpines at London’s Omeara and they will also perform for Reading’s Are You Listening festival. I actually had the pleasure to witness a Tusks support slot at Brighton’s Prince Albert and I was impressed with the depth of Emily’s vocal talent.

Aside from all of that Toronto is the first taster of what to expect from the debut Tusks LP later this year. Written in Toronto, this tune is the sound of an artist arriving at the beginning of her peak artistic maturity. Toronto was produced by Emily herself, alongside Jack Garratt producer and long-term collaborator Brett Cox.

I’ve had this single on constant repeat and just like the prior material, Toronto is sheer perfection. Emily Underhill’s vocals were enchanting, the lyrics were incredibly beautiful and those delightful drums transformed Toronto into a right epic. Just listening to this breathtaking cut I was reminded of Natasha Khan from Bat For Lashes. This cut packed a fierce punch and it leaves me anticipating more of Emily’s outstanding originals in the nearby future.

 

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