Tanaou - These Songs Are Our Only Alibis (Cover Artwork)


Tanaou: These Songs Are Our Only AlibisThese Songs Are Our Only Alibis (2005)

Reviewer Rating: 4.5

Contributed by: wearestillalivewearestillalive
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To many of you, Tanaou are probably gonna sound pretty familiar. Whilst past lazy comparisons to Straylight Run and the Anniversary may have truth in them, I could spend forever listing melodic emo bands from the 1990s that these kids from the UK draw influence from. The opening song, "My Summer .

To many of you, Tanaou are probably gonna sound pretty familiar. Whilst past lazy comparisons to Straylight Run and the Anniversary may have truth in them, I could spend forever listing melodic emo bands from the 1990s that these kids from the UK draw influence from.

The opening song, "My Summer Satire" features soft vocals from an undeterminable number of mouths floating over melodic guitar lines backed by a gentle piano. The song explodes into the more energetic choruses seamlessly before fading out completely. Like the name suggests, it's a summer song, bright and cheery, kicking the EP off to a great start with a pretty good indication of what's to come.

A weighty acoustic guitar riff opens the next song, "Time for a Change," the band's ode to the late Elliott Smith. The acoustic guitar weaves together with Defiance, Ohio-style violin and yet more piano and breathy vocals. The song gets quite repetitive but saves itself about a minute from the end by cranking the volume up to 11, catching the listener by surprise and belting out the final chorus with huge amounts of passion. Although it's on a more gloomy subject than the song before, "Time for a Change" remains optimistic and hopeful, calling for a change in our attitudes to our musical heroes.

"Scenes from the Passion" is a confused love song about coffee, chocolates and getting absolutely nowhere. Starting out in a similar vein to "My Summer Satire," there's the same 'melodic / slightly less melodic / melodic again' dynamic and multiple layers of vocals found in the first track. However, at around the halfway point, the chorus gives way to a crescendo of rising drums and violin that builds and builds before crashing gently back down to piano.

"History of a Nation" breaks the format of the last few songs as a simple drum beat takes the main role whilst the guitars and violins fire off in all directions. The female vocals stand out more on this track, adding to the song's meloncholy progression. Taking a darker turn at about two-and-a-half minutes in, the song ends up in a completely different place to where it started.

"Kissing Chaos Part 2" is little more than a short prelude to the next track, featuring only a watery, post rock-esque guitar sound, a fuzzy electronic beat, violin and echoey vocals before fading in to the EP's climax, "Kissing Chaos Part 3." Here, all the elements of the EP's previous tracks come together to create a fast-paced and energetic closer. Melodic guitars, violin and piano combine behind the singer, who this time sounds more passionate and more like the words are being ripped from him instead of just breathed out softly. It's easily the best song on the EP, with an anthemic chorus and an ending that will leave you breathless on the first listen.

In short, this EP is something special: an honest, heartfelt and beautiful piece of music for Mineral and Rilo Kiley fans made by a group of passionate, young people. The only complaints would be towards the structure, which is occasionally a little bit repetitive (a minor issue, really, because it's a good structure) and that, at 6 tracks and under 25 minutes, it's just not long enough.

Fortunately, though, a bigger, more epic full-length by the band is finished and ready for release some time this year. I cannot wait to see what else this band can do.


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SilentStorms (April 12, 2007)

Yikes. I listened to their mp3s on myspace, and this is definately not my bag. Wow I really don't like this ... at all. Sounds overly dramatic, and waaaay over the top. But then again I'm sure some peeps will like it.

wearestillalive (April 10, 2007)

I don't know, I mean, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly's success has helped them a bit already and I don't think it would be that hard for them to get their album released by a pretty well known label cause I've heard there's been interest in them from some. But yeah they are top blokes too.

fishonahook (April 9, 2007)

This EP always warrents repeated listens. The interweaving of instrumental textures draws you so completely that when it shifts (i.e. time for a change) it really hits you.

I'm not sure if they'll blow up though. They've been simmering on the underground for so long that to be honest i think they're not going to make much more headway. I'd love to be proved wrong though.
Live they're awesome and Jamie is such a nice guy.

wearestillalive (April 8, 2007)

you can get it on amazon.co.uk but not amazon.com. it's like, £4 so it'll probably work out at about $10.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/These-Songs-Are-Only-Alibis/dp/B0 00AOVKPK/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/026-5754104-1285262?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid= 1176031545&sr=8-1

Anonymous (April 7, 2007)

this sounds good.... whycan't i buy this online

wearestillalive (April 7, 2007)

god damn right, they're live shows are amazing. if you're from their town, it makes it all the better too.

givemeamuseumandillfillit (April 7, 2007)

This band is going to blow up bigtime purely based on their live shows. Musically, they're not really my thing but this band smokes any band in the genre when it comes to playing live.

nocigar (April 6, 2007)

what the fuck, that fucking gay ass good charlotte song just started blaring out of my speakers ...take that fucking banner off

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