Sitting at over 20 million streams, having played the likes of Glastonbury and Falls Festival, an Australian support slot with RUFUS under their belt and a series of forthcoming UK / European shows in October, Byron Bay electronic four-piece Tora announce their debut album Take A Rest. Set for release 9 June, the outfit drop the second cut from the album – the lush, layered sounds of ‘Another Case,’ which they will perform live on their Australian album tour this June before heading to Europe and the UK.
Singer Jo Loewenthal details the album: “Most of the songs on the album have been written over the last 2-3 years and were influenced by experiences we had whilst touring the world, resulting in quite a broad sound. We borrowed a few synths from friends, and we recorded a lot of organic sounds in the cactus garden at Jai’s house, where a lot of the songs were produced. Some of the songs have flies, bamboo creaking in the wind, washing machines and even the sound of us scraping and hitting cactuses with rakes.”
He goes on to add: “A lot of this album is more upbeat and dancey than anything we’ve made before, so the title is not so much referring to the sound of the music, but more so an encouragement for the listener to forget about their problems for a moment and ‘take a rest’ from their responsibilities while they listen. Making the music was our way of escaping reality and finding a peaceful place in our minds, so we hope the listener can find that same place when listening.”
Produced and mixed by the band in the idyllic surrounds of Byron Bay, before being mastered by Grammy nominated Engineer Andrei Eremin (WAFIA, Chet Faker & Hiatus Kaiyote), ‘Another Case’ follows on from the intricate first single ‘Amsterdam’ – a track which traverses from pocket grooves and bass-driven beats to soaring vocals.
Tora have an extensive touring CV, with spots on the line up at The Great Escape (UK), Best Kept Secret (NL), and Germany’s premier festivals Fusion Festival, and Reeperbahn as well as over 70 other festivals and headline shows across Europe, the US, Mexico and Canada.
The band have amassed a combined 20 million online streams from previous singles ‘Poly Amor’ and ‘Twice’, and EP’s Eat the Sun and the self-titled Tora. As previous winners of the triple j unearthed spot at Splendour in the Grass, Tora continue to solidify their position as one of the most lauded live acts in the country.
September 22 Dortmund, Germany Das Höchste der Gefühle Festival
September 23 Haldern, Germany Haldern Pop Bar
September 25 Cologne, Germany Gebause 9
September 26 Mainz, Germany Schon Schön
September 27 Stuttgart, Germany Café Galao
September 28 Michelstadt, Germany Unter Holz
September 30 Erfurt, Germany Franz Melhose
October 2 Hamburg, Germany Uebel & Gefahrlich
October 3 Berlin, Germany Ritter Butzka
October 4 Amsterdam, The Netherlands Sugar Factory
October 7 Manchester, United Kingdom Neighbourhood Festival
October 9 London, United Kingdom The Lexington
October 10 Brighton, United Kingdom The Hope & Ruin
October 11 Brussels, Belgium Botanique – Witlof Bar
October 12 Paris, France Pop Up Du Label
October 14 Prague, Czech Rep Chapeau Rogue
October 15 Vienna, Austria B72
October 17 Zurich, Switzerland Exil
October 18 Lausanne, Switzerland Bleu Lezard
October 19 Luzern, Switzerland Neubad
October 20 Nuremberg, Germany Club Stereo
October 21 Basel, Switzerland Paterre
October 22 Munich, Germany Strom
October 23 Leipzig, Germany Neues Schauspiel