Tiger Suit formed in 2010 and has been winning over audiences across Canada with their unique blend of world, rock, and electronic music. Their music incorporates South Indian Classical Music, Mongolian Overtone/Throat Singing, Didgeridoo, Shamisen, and a variety of other styles and instruments. This, combined with electronics, loopers, synths and samplers, creates a highly original and exciting new sound.
As well as being supported on CBC 1, and C.I.U.T. FM, Tiger Suit have played at a wide variety of venues from Montreal to Vancouver. Their self-titled debut album was released April 8 2011. Their second album “Tourist Attraction” has been released on March 22nd 2014. TIger Suit’s live show is growing with the addition of back-up singers, a hand drummer, and visual projections.
Curtis Maranda and Renee Cross the duo from Ontario, Canada, form a project that brings together old world music and 21st century digitalized soundscapes. Their vocal style and musical performances are unique and uncompromising. Tiger Suit’s spectral blend of electronics, percussion, guitar and vocals, has emerged with a sound that is a culmination of past influences and present inspiration.
The eleven tracks on “Tourist Attraction” presents elements you’ve heard all before, but probably not together in this way; making the duo’s music strangely addictive.
Curtis and Renee continue to explore exciting directions in their music and it is immediately apparent on this album that they have grown immensely. Renee delivers beautifully delicate and at times ethereal vocals that always seem to meld organically with the punchy and electronic tones most notably on “Shadows”, “The Canal” and “Sleep Tonight”. But the big surprise for me here is Curtis’ talking voice, supporting Renee’s sweet choral interludes on “All Of Life”, as well as their vocal combination on “Bus Stop”.
No doubt the standout tracks are typically where Renee’s vocal prowess comes to the forefront, like on “Va Ta Pi” or where Curtis’ musical arrangements are more sensationally elaborate, as on “A New Year” or “Shadows”. Either way, there’s plenty to fuss and fret about on “Tourist Attraction”, and you’ll undoubtedly find the track that captures your attention more than others.
Tiger Suit could very easily have gotten lost in the massive wave of boy/girl electronic duos that have made their way into our ears during the last few years, but they’re utterly unique in a sea of many interesting but not necessarily long lasting bands.
Though catchy, atmospheric, exotic and almost ambient in certain places, if I had to use only one word to describe the music on “Tourist Attraction”, it would be ‘ENCHANTING!’
Bottom line, you owe it to yourself to purchase this album, which maintains it’s almost cohesive alchemy throughout, and engross yourself in a uniquely fantastic musical experience.