Toronto's four piece Tallies released their self-titled debut album in January via Fear of Missing Out Records. Better still, they've announced their first UK tour for May.
For many bands, debut albums are a mission statement. An expression of everything that’s made them who they are in those key coming of age times. Tallies, at times, have taken this mantra literally with an album of woozy dreampop of Cocteau Twins and the sun kissed pop of The Sundays.
What prevents Tallies from becoming a rehash of the past are the interesting avenues they approach these key influences. Vocally, Sarah Cogan lends herself to the iconic Harriet Wheeler at several points, especially on former single ‘Mother’. However, with its spritely Vampire Weekend stomp, it saunters into a world of its own.
'Have You' however, is the beating heart of The Sundays’ classic album 'Reading Writing and Arithmetic'. Despite this, the quality is indisputable and, it’s this that will keep fans of The Sundays coming back to Tallies.
Undoubtedly, fans of Postcard Records and Sarah Records will find this album an affectionate homage to their youths. For newer fans, we urge you to use Tallies’ album as a jump off point into the past.