Tallies - Tallies
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2019 Ratings: #12 / 14
User Score
Based on 64 ratings
2019 Ratings: #10
January 11, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Kanine / Label
Indie Pop, Dream Pop / Genres
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Under The Radar

Recorded at various points throughout 2018, Tallies isn't just a welcome introduction to the New Year. It's also a glorious entrée of sorts to what promises to be a glittering career for its creators.

Their self-titled debut uses the sway of '80s new wave to manoeuvre through currents of surf-rock, with an occasional jaunt into the more accessible side of shoegaze. This group of songs are vivid in colour, creating a warmth, unlike their contemporaries who cling to the depressing melodrama of these decades. By keeping it light, listeners will might find a second listen through all the more appealing.
Working together like a team of gifted archeologists, the band have created the best kind of backward-looking album. It doesn't just repeat the past, it mines it for gold while tossing out the dross, a process that works to refine this record until it gleams like a precious gem.
There's clearly a lot of promise here, but drenching everything in reverb and letting blast on the arpeggios doesn't equal a fully realised record. The band's musicianship is certainly accomplished, but the listener occasionally needs a reprieve from its sheer wall of jangle. Tallies have shown they're capable of paying homage to their heroes with aplomb, the real test will be what comes next.
Northern Transmissions
While in some ways this record could be called a “proof of concept” because of their close adherence to the structure and sound they very clearly wish to achieve, at times some songs begin to feel a little too closely related to others. However, simply calling this album “safe” would be a disservice to all the hard work and prowess that is shown here as Tallies has exhibited so much potential that could go any number of directions as presented by their eclectic influences and unique takes on the many genres they draw inspiration from.
The Skinny
Although Cogan delivers engaging and empathetic lyrics on growing up, changing relationships and even environmentalism, the album has a rather homogenous pace. Despite this, it’s hard not to at least be momentarily charmed by Tallies' nostalgic trip.
The 405
Tallies are incredibly genuine, but the whirl of jangly riffs soaked in reverb that start with album opener ‘Trouble’ is a bit much 10 tracks later, when interest or excitement has long-ago subsided.
yep, this is right in my wheelhouse, jangly guitars, twee, shoegazey, female vocalist, Canadian, with all that maple goth sweetness. jackpot.
Not bad by any means but like... Why listen to this when you can listen to Alvvays, Wild Nothing, Beach House, much better indie/dream pop
Este é um ótimo álbum de estreia para os Tallies, indubitavelmente. "Tallies" (e o próprio conceito da banda) é a prova de que o indie e o rock alternativo podem ser amigos que combinam extremamente bem. Uma surpresa destas para a música, em 2019, só pode ser um bom sinal...
A pleasant debut. The songs blend together nicely and the production is pretty consistent. There just isn't much to separate each track from the other outside a few.
Fave: Not So Proud
I really like the energy here, fluttery vocals and distinguished guitars all layered and mixed very well. I get a feeling of repetitiveness from the record as a whole but I think it could grow on me. Some really strong tracks on this debut that may not have recieved so much recognition had it released on a busier week.
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Track List

  1. Trouble
  2. Mother
  3. Midnight
  4. Have You
  5. Not So Proud
  6. Trains and Snow
  7. Eden
  8. Beat the Heart
  9. Giving Up
  10. Rocks
  11. Easy Enough
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Added on: January 8, 2019