Masquerading as a serenely sung masterpiece by creating a natural ambiance that soothes the soul and caresses the heart in the form of their new single “Some Things Stay The Same”. Angelic vocals float over a lucid progression of creative notes and melodic bliss to build into a crescendo of sublime emotional art lovingly painted on a sonic canvas.
About My Favourite Things
Brooklyn-based quartet My Favourite Things presents the third single from their new album ‘Fly I Will, Because I Can’, along with a clever accompanying video by Hiroshi Shafer, who is touted as one of Quentin Tarantino’s favorite artists. This new single comes on the trail of the release of the first two singles ‘A Little Closer’ and ‘I Don’t Know’. The videos for both of these singles were created by Gi Yong Rhee.
This is the third album from My Favourite Things, founded in Brooklyn by Dorothea Tachler (formerly of Igloo, The Swirlies, Alles Wie Gross). Fans of Beach House, Broadcast, dream-pop, and shoegaze should enjoy the album’s melancholic swaying, melody-rich offerings. This album should also appeal to lovers of acoustic folk music artists such as James Yorkston and Bonnie “Prince” Billy.
“This song is about friendship. It’s about missing our best friends from another time and place. Everything around us changed, our homes, our every day lives, the people we live with, but our relationship, our love to them is exactly the same it always was,” says Dorothea Tachler.
Videographer Hiroshi Shafer explains his inspiration behind this new video: “Our friends used to live nearby around the block. We hung out or talked most of the day when we were little boys and girls. When we grow up, it’s not easy to fill the distance and time. I entrusted this feeling to my back yard snails and asked them to act in this music video.”
Dorothea wrote and produced all the songs with their many textures, owing to the use of multiple instruments, many of which she also played: violins, flutes, and autoharps weave in and out of twinkling glockenspiels, vibraphones and intricate, sometimes shredding guitars, delivered on a solid bed of a grabbing bass and ripping drums, with Dorothea’s balmy voice hovering and twinkling atop.
From a young age, her Korean/German/Croatian background has immersed her in a diversity of musical influences, which have shaped her. In 2009, she released “rarara” (Afterhours/Japan), followed by “Tomorrow’s Far Away” in 2013, featuring guest vocals from several friends and former band-mates, including Valerie Trebeljahr of Lali Puna, Damon Tutunjan from The Swirlies, Daru Oda (Norah Jones), Sean Meadows (June of 4, Lungfish), and Doug Scharin (Codeine, HIM, Rex).
“Music was my anchor and my lighthouse in stormy and dark nights, and putting my inner turmoil into words really helped me process it better. It was kind of my metamorphosis, being disintegrated like a chrysalis, and being shaped into something new,” explains Tachler.
When performing live, My Favourite Things appear in different formations, ranging from a solo act to a five-piece band, featuring prominent musicians from the buoyant New York scene: Yoshio “Tony” Kobayashi on drums, Yusuke Yamamoto on vibraphone and synthesizers, Michael Figgiani on bass, and various other talents.
The band has played many venues in the unforgiving NYC music circuit, transporting transfixed audiences from their chaotic built-up urban environments to a twilight world of their own favorite things. Last year, My Favourite Things also toured Germany, featuring Notwist frontman Markus Acher on drums, along with other talented and experienced musicians from Germany’s active band scene.
Featured image by Karsten Staiger.
“My Favourite Things excels in creating ambiance with the use of very little or almost no electronics. It is all Tachler’s voice, synthesizers, guitars, harps, vibes, anything that will create a mood that slowly takes you along to exactly the places the band want to take you to”
– The Spill Magazine
“Absolutely stunning work! Of a sound and caliber that sends shivers up my spine… Dorothea’s vocal delivery is the icing on the cake. As for her timbre, I recall early Luscious Jackson and Liz Phair, as well as Still Corners. At times her vocals lean closer to MBV’s Bilinda Butcher and at others, she sounds like the female version of Kevin Shields”
– Big Takeover Magazine
“A spacey and lilting gem that, despite it’s otherworldly and dreamy state, also manages to possess a significant drive and propulsiveness. Washes gently over the listener… Delicately soars with freedom and grace like some kind of regal bird”
– Overblown Magazine
“The Tinkerbell of dream-gaze has finally emerged, weaving fantastic spells and treading new ground in the land of fusion-filled frolicking. ‘A Little Closer’ sounds like: MBV meets Tortoise, A Sunny Day in Glasgow”
– The Record Stache