7.28.2012

FYM PRESS PLAY: TEEN 'IN LIMBO' REVIEW + TOUR DATES • BROOKLYN NEW YORK


Weeks ago, forYoungModerns was fortunate to get a copy of In Limbo, the debut album from New York City psychedelic rockers TEEN, but as a West Coast-centric blog, we had to wait a while to post about it until the album's then-far away release date of August 28 creeped closer and the band announced some West Coast tour dates. On top of this, the band is so feverishly new, it was hard to even put together a proper bio for these talented Brooklynites.

The suspense that had been killing us comes to a close, as we can announce the band has lined up the following tour dates leading up to In Limbo's release August 28 on Carpark Records:

7/20 New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge w/ Dean Wareham
7/21 Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool "Summer Thunder Series"
9/14 New York, NY @ Webster Hall w/ Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
9/29 Chicago, IL @ Schuba's Tavern*
9/30 Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon*
10/1 Minneapolis, MN @ 400 Bar*
10/2 Grinnell, IA @ Grinnell College Gardner Lounge*
10/3 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown Jr.*
10/5 Denver, CO @ Hi Dive*
10/6 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court*
10/9 Seattle, WA @ Barboza*
10/10 Vancouver, BC @ The Media Club*
10/11 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir*
10/16 Los Angeles, CA @ Echo*
10/19 San Antonio, TX @ The Korova*
10/20 Austin, TX @ Red 7*
10/21 Dallas, TX @ Bryan Street Tavern*
10/23 Nashville, TN @ The High Watt*
10/27 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506*
*with Hospitality

TEEN, fronted by former Here We Go Magic member Teeny Lieberson, and flanked by her sisters Katherine and Lizze, along with friend Jane Herships, are an absolute breath of fresh air across the modern indie spectrum. Merely lumping them together with the current wave of cloned fuzzy all-girl rock bands would be a disservice; TEEN sound like they have greater ambitions. They're more J Spaceman than Stevie Nicks as a very welcome change.

TEEN In Limbo cover art

In Limbo is nearly an hour in length yet can be breezed through in a comfortably rewarding listen. Driven by vintage synth and guitar sounds, along with Lieberson's sharp-yet-dreamy vocals, it can be your soundtrack for lazy afternoons or chilling in your apartment after a successful first date or anything in between.

A second listen may be required immediately after the first, however, because opening track "Better" builds up to something so hypnotically catchy, it might be stuck in your head throughout the rest of the album (think Unknown Mortal Orchestra's brilliant "FFunny FFrends" from last year). Check out the official "Better" and "Electric" music videos they recently released:



TEEN - "Electric" from stereogum on Vimeo.

Teeny's synths and soaring voice remind you of an angel tripping on something nice, but her more Joan Jett-esque tough-girl baritone she often uses (especially on the potential single/potential soundtrack to a cool movie trailer "Come Back") sheds light on a tougher side of her. Perhaps the highlight of the album is "Unable", six and a half minutes of blissful space pop. TEEN's In Limbo is not just one of the best debuts of 2012, it may be one of the year's finest albums period. You can also check out and download their second slinge, "Ecletric", HERE.

On top of all this, the suddenly busy band released a mixtape called Rumblette, which features the band covering such songs as Pavement's "Summer Babe (Winter Version)" and throwing in some Aphex Twin and Suicide on top of that. Download Rumblette for free by clicking HERE.

Rumblette cover art by Maura Murnane

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