Pivoting from the melodic psych of their previous efforts, TEEN's second full-length The Way And Color shows the young group confidently shifting direction with their distinctly modern, R&B-informed pop.
Searching for inspiration following their last album, the band's three sisters - lead singer Teeny Lieberson, keyboardist Lizzie Lieberson and drummer Katherine Lieberson - found direction from a simple lineup tweak, joining with bassist Boshra AlSaadi to mine a new side of the band's sound.
What emerged was the ambitious scope of The Way And Color. Recorded over a ten-day session in upstate New York, the band infuses their brooding pop with minimalist beats and complex harmonies, inspired by D'Angelo andErykah Badu's classic R&B.
Amidst the album's rich patchwork, Teeny emerges as a expressive, inspired frontwoman, touching on themes of relationships, womanhood and power. The record's crisp production from Daniel Schlett (DIIV) showcases her voice's stylistic agility, from the theatrical vamping of "Rose 4 U" to the twisting, soulful "More Than I Ask For."Toying with genre, TEEN successfully trades in the reverb for a punchy clarity and newfound maturity.
TEEN announce a handful of pre-release shows:
2/27 Allston, MA @ Great Scott w/ Yellow Ostrich
3/5 Washington DC @ Black Cat w/ Ex Hex
3/6 Raleigh, NC @ Kings
3/7 Savannah, GA @ Savannah Stopover Festival
3/9 Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree w/ Small Black & Oberhofer
3/21 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ The War On Drugs
TEEN - The Way and Color
(Carpark - April 22nd, 2014)
1. Rose 4 U
2. Not For Long
3. Tied Up Tied Down
5. Breathe Low & Deep
7. More Than I Ask For
8. Toi Toi Toi
10. All The Same
Photo Credit: Shawn Brackbill
There's already an Oscars buzz surrounding this movie.