…’60s Britpop influenced—dare I say, also reminiscent of the Beatles at times—but quieter. Gentler. Subdued, even. But lovely all the same. You rarely hear this kind of unassuming and baroque organ-driven pop—it’s special. The most magical moments involved three-part harmonies and frontman Brian Noyeswatkins effortlessly juggling three keyboards.
The Pacific Northwest is buzzing over Tomten, a still decently under-the-radar trio based in Seattle. With serious praise from public radio station KEXP, expect the band to move past playing cheap shows on small restaurant patios in the future. And obviously, act now. Tomten’s brand of baroque pop is playful and charming, arranged on dreamy organ, analogue synth and fuzzy guitar. You hear the ’60s Britpop influence, as well as singer-keyboardist Brian Noyeswatkins’ upbringing in sunny, ocean-breezed Carmel. Airy sweetness gets a little more psychedelic heft with Tomten’s latest work, along with achingly beautiful strings.
5/3/15: Seattle, WA – Barboza
5/5/15: Portland, OR – Portland State University
5/6/15: Portland, OR – Liquor Store
5/7/15: Davis, CA – Sophia’s Thai Kitchen
5/8/15: Oakland, CA – Awaken Cafe
5/9/15: San Francisco, Ca – Hemlock Tavern
5/11/15: Santa Cruz, CA – Crepe Place
5/13/15: Fresno, CA – Peeve’s
5/14/15: San Diego, CA – Sycamore Den
5/15/15: Los Angeles, CA – Ham & Eggs
5/17/15: Los Angeles, CA – Origami Records (In Store)