Tan Cologne is the sound two artists comfortable enough in their own skin to embrace where working together can get you. The coming together of Lauren Green, formerly of Mirror Travel, and interdisciplinary artist, Marissa Macias, Tan Cologne formed after the pair met some five years ago in the New Mexico town of Taos. They recently released their debut album, Cave Vaults on the Moon in New Mexico, the result of five years of what they describe as, “parallel observations and growth”, all set around their lives in New Mexico.
Recorded between two unique spaces, a historic fortress and a hippie casita, the pair set about crafting a record that channels the spirit of its settings, seeking to embrace New Mexico and the all mysteries and oddities within. The result is a record somewhere between late-60’s folk and the widescreen expanse of post-rock, it is an album of widescreen lanscapes, and washes of technicolor sound. It seems to inhabit a similar space to William Tyler or Hand Habits, bold sketches of America translated through the creators own eyes. An album to embrace and let wash over you, Tan Cologne have created a record to explore and get lost in, with only one warning, you might never want to leave.
FTR: For those who don’t know who are Tan Cologne?
Hello! Tan Cologne is Lauren Green + Marissa Macias. We write and record the soundscapes and vocals you hear on the internet and soon, analog forms. In performance, Tan Cologne expands to a rotating cast of musician friends.
FTR: What can you remember about your first show?
Our very first show was just us as a duo. We played at the Track House in Austin, TX to a small crowd who had never heard our songs. We were still writing and just about to record our debut album. The performance was heavy on intricate guitar lines and floating vocals.
FTR: Why do you make music? Why not another art form?
We do both! Marissa is a visual artist/photographer + musician and Lauren is a woodworker + musician. We feel it is important to have various outlets because often you can find inspiration and dialogue in different mediums. Together, we also hosted a gallery space + curated performances in Taos, NM.
FTR: What can people expect from the Tan Cologne live show?
Dreamy double vocals + double guitar melodies woven into percussive twinkles and low end vibrations.
FTR: What’s next for Tan Cologne?
We are currently en route to California from Taos, NM and will play a series of special shows for our upcoming album release on 02.14.2020 on Labrador Records. We are also in the beginning stages of writing our next album and will tour Europe this summer.
They Listen To…
David Crosby – Tamalpais High (At About 3)
Cocteau Twins – Musette and Drums
Ali Farka Touré, Toumani Diabaté – Ruby
Jacco Gardner – Autumn in Lisbon
Lorelle Meets the Obsoletes – La Maga
Cave Vaults on the Moon in New Mexico is out now via Labrador Records. Click HERE for more information on Tan Cologne.