Sitting at over 20 million streams, having played the likes of Glastonbury and Falls Festival, an Australian support slot with RUFUS under their belt and a series of forthcoming UK / European shows in October, Byron Bay electronic four-piece Tora announce their debut album Take A Rest. Set for release 9 June, the outfit drop the second cut from the album – the lush, layered sounds of ‘Another Case,’ which they will perform live on their Australian album tour this June before heading to Europe and the UK.
Singer Jo Loewenthal details the album: “Most of the songs on the album have been written over the last 2-3 years and were influenced by experiences we had whilst touring the world, resulting in quite a broad sound. We borrowed a few synths from friends, and we recorded a lot of organic sounds in the cactus garden at Jai's house, where a lot of the songs were produced. Some of the songs have flies, bamboo creaking in the wind, washing machines and even the sound of us scraping and hitting cactuses with rakes.”
He goes on to add: “A lot of this album is more upbeat and dancey than anything we've made before, so the title is not so much referring to the sound of the music, but more so an encouragement for the listener to forget about their problems for a moment and 'take a rest' from their responsibilities while they listen. Making the music was our way of escaping reality and finding a peaceful place in our minds, so we hope the listener can find that same place when listening.”
Produced and mixed by the band in the idyllic surrounds of Byron Bay, before being mastered by Grammy nominated Engineer Andrei Eremin (WAFIA, Chet Faker & Hiatus Kaiyote), ‘Another Case’ follows on from the intricate first single ‘Amsterdam’ - a track which traverses from pocket grooves and bass-driven beats to soaring vocals.
Tora have an extensive touring CV, with spots on the line up at The Great Escape (UK), Best Kept Secret (NL), and Germany’s premier festivals Fusion Festival, and Reeperbahn as well as over 70 other festivals and headline shows across Europe, the US, Mexico and Canada.
The band have amassed a combined 20 million online streams from previous singles ‘Poly Amor’ and ‘Twice’, and EP’s Eat the Sun and the self-titled Tora. As previous winners of the triple j unearthed spot at Splendour in the Grass, Tora continue to solidify their position as one of the most lauded live acts in the country.
‘TAKE A REST’ ALBUM EUROPE / UK DATES:
Fri 22-Sep Dortmund, Germany - SissiKingKong Festival
Sat 23-Sep Haldern, Germany - Haldern Pop Bar
Mon 25-Sep Cologne, Germany - Gebause 9
Tue 26-Sep Mainz, Germany - Schon Schön
Wed 27-Sep Stuttgart, Germany - Café Galao
Thu 28-Sep Michelstadt, Germany - Unter Holz
Sat 30-Sep Erfurt, Germany - Franz Melhose
Mon 02-Oct Hamburg, Germany - Uebel & Gefahrlich
Tue 03-Oct Berlin, Germany - Ritter Butzka
Wed 04-Oct Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Sugar Factory
Mon 09-Oct London, United Kingdom - The Lexington
Tue 10-Oct Brighton, United Kingdom - Hope And Ruin
Wed 11-Oct Brussels, Belgium - Witlof Bar - Botanique
Tue 17-Oct Zurich, Switzerland - Exil
Wed 18-Oct Lausanne, Switzerland - Bleu Lezard
Thu 19-Oct Luzern, Switzerland - Neubad
Fri 20-Oct Nuremberg, Germany - Club Stereo
Sat 21-Oct Basel, Switzerland - Paterre
Sun 22-Oct Munich, Germany - Strom
Mon 23-Oct Leipzig, Germany - Neues Schauspiel