CMU Approved

Approved: Tasseo

By | Published on Tuesday 22 October 2013


Sari and Romy Lightman are sisters and one-time backing singers to Austra. They are also the most visible half of Tasseo, the band and ‘musical/visual project’ they’re in with percussionist Evan Cartwright and keyboard player Johnny Spence.

Pinning inspiration points as scatter-brained as modernist poet Gertrude Stein, steel string guitar great Robbie Basho and Canadian square-peg Mary Margaret O’Hara, Tasseo mean to release their third LP, in winter 2014.

But available before then is new track ‘Braid. Wind Is Coming’, one of five titles the band have taped on cassettes they’ll sell at live dates at London’s The End Festival (16 Nov) and The Waiting Room (19 Nov). It’s a fitting initiation into the Sisters Lightman’s bric-a-brac writing style, neatly binding strands of yielding folk pop with linear dance rhythms, steel pans, and a wild jazz climax.

Download and play ‘Braid’ via Bandcamp: