Pop/Electronic star on the rise, Edmonton’s Talltale, has released the most compelling, immersive and conceptually deep project of her burgeoning career. A Japanese Fever Dream is a hypnotic, insistently lush, lyrically contemplative collection of original music which has been powerfully influenced by the songwriter/vocalist/drummer’s fascination with Japan, its culture and beauty.
“This record is very different for me as a writer because it’s very self-reflective; it’s not so much about other people, which gives it a dreamier vibe than previous songs,” she said. There is a loose, but seamless narrative structure on the EP with the five primary compositions, linked together by short electronic-based, atmospheric interludes that are as imbued with deep meaning and significance as the longer compositions.
Prior to taking the nom de plume of Talltale, Tatiana was immersed in music from a young age, and eventually earned a Bachelor of Music in Jazz and Contemporary Popular Music. She worked her way up the ranks of Edmonton’s local music scene, eventually winning “Artist to Watch” at the 2018 Edmonton Music Awards, as well as Electronic Song of the Year at the 2018 Canadian Songwriting Competition. All the while she was honing her craft and soon discovered that she enjoys the creativity that electronic music allowed her in creating everything that accompanies her very distinctive, rhythmic vocal style, and her insightful and emotionally wrought lyrics. “What I think is great about electronic music is you’re not just crafting the lyrics and melodies, you’re getting to craft the entire soundscape and the world that the song lives in,” she said.
Talltale has made three trips to Japan, the most recent with a videographer to shoot footage that will accompany the songs on A Japanese Fever Dream. As the co-owner of her video production company, her songwriting process encompasses a vibrant visual component, with the words and music often having a sublimely cinematic component. “I can’t listen to music without picturing what the video should look like or the visuals. I think visuals are a necessity for helping to promote your music, but for me, it’s deeper than that, it’s just inseparable in my opinion. Doing the videos is another way to communicate what I want a song to say and how I wanted it to feel,” she said. “Especially for this album, I was to give people a bit of the feeling of what it’s like to be there. I feel that video is the most visceral way to do that. Tlltale’s dynamic live performances, which sees her sing while playing an electronic drum kit, have earned her rave reviews and a growing audience of loyal fans who have been waiting patiently for the release of the EP.
A Japanese Fever Dream is an exceptionally entertaining, enlightening and immersive experience that not only takes the audience on a journey to an exotic foreignl and, but an even more significant journey – into the heart, mind and spirit of a truly talented and remarkable songwriter and artist.