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Recently after The Tarlatans show at Foxfield in Columbia I piled into the car with the band to hear some tracks off their new EP. We were all buzzing with excitement that night, me to hear the new Jay Clifford (Jump! Little Children) produced tracks, and them to play them for fresh ears.
The EP, which is due out August 12 and titled Good Luck, has been three years in the making. A three years full of change. Their debut self-titled full length album was recorded in their college home in Clemson, SC, full of intimate moments and memories. That album had legs, taking them to Charleston and connecting them to a fine circle of supporters. For the new EP The Tarlatans recorded in two of Charleston’s finest studios in Hello Telescope and Charleston Sound Studio, and worked with one of the Holy City’s most esteemed musicians in Jay Clifford. Good Luck will feature six songs in all, two of which are reworked versions of “Been Dreaming” and “Good Luck”, two of the strongest tracks off their first album.
For the lead single The Tarlatans went with a new track titled “Home Sounds Fine To Me”, a song that features the harmonica work of G. Love, who they nabbed to record while he was in town playing The Music Farm just blocks away from Clifford’s Hello Telescope studio. The single fits The Tarlatans playful and gracious personality. The song features split verses between singers Taylor McCleskey and Ryan Williams with a combination for the chorus, the two have very different voices, William’s huskey tones blend seamlessly with McCleskey’s cheery timbre.
McCleskey says the new EP is the best representation of The Tarlatans as a whole. Saying more personally that “this is the record I’ve wanted to make since I was 16 and decided music is what I wanted to pursue.”
Next up, the band has a string of dates throughout the Southeast leading up to their first major festival appearance at Wakarusa in the Arkansas Ozarks. Wakarusa, which features all levels of acts, debuted The Tarlatans new single.
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