Tallies - Tallies
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2019 Ratings: #613 / 750
User Score
Based on 105 ratings
2019 Ratings: #941
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.
God Is in the TV

Tallies transport you back to the past, they conjure up feelings of your first crush or heartbreak and they also tap into teenage growing pains both musically and lyrically, on a strong debut of hazy melodies and 80s sounds.

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
Very lovable, reverb could chill on a few songs but yea hard to dislike this, pleasant™
Bouncy and bright in its jingle gangly twee delight, it's a shame that the music took such a dramatic shift away from the brilliance of the opening track, Trouble. Sarah Cogan's vox is at times grating; essentially ill-paired for Echoplex treatment given its tendency towards shrill. Yet, it does hold some promise. Interestingly enough, the Line of Best Fit review terms her voice as angelic. Seriously? Maybe with repeat listens this record will rank better for me. However, my long teeth have me ... read more
Tallies are hardly reinventing the wheel, but their self-titled debut takes a couple of well-worn styles and executes them about as expertly and enjoyably as possible. Their reverb-heavy jangle pop calls to mind not so much The Smiths as the early 2010s bands who wanted to be The Smiths; Sarah Cogan’s nimble soprano calls to mind Molly Rankin. Like similar bands that borrow liberally from the past — think Tennis or Veronica Falls — Tallies succeed not by innovating, but by ... read more
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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