Tanukichan- Gizmo

Tanukichan- Gizmo

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Released 3/3/2023

When the pandemic hit, Hannah van Loon adopted a dog named Gizmo, who became a much-needed companion while the Bay Area musician wrote her second album as Tanukichan. Aptly named after her new four-legged friend, GIZMO is an exercise in release, whether from situational hindrances - a forced lockdown, for one - or from self-imposed hedonistic coping mechanisms. To channel the more uplifting spirit, van Loon turned to the radio pop-rock of her childhood referencing artists like 311, The Cranberries, and Tom Petty with main collaborator Toro y Moi's Chaz Bear. Existentialism aside, GIZMO also sees van Loon break out of her sonic comfort zone. Deftones-inspired thrash drums and screeching electric guitars are gracefully contrasted with van Loon's hypnotic, almost deadpan vocal style and a crystal clear acoustic guitar. Gizmo the dog suddenly passed away right as van Loon finished the album, but he's immortalized with his photo on the cover.

Track listing:

  1. Escape
  2. Don't Give Up
  3. A Bad Dream
  4. Been Here Before
  5. Make Believe
  6. Like You
  7. Thin Air (feat. Enumclaw)
  8. Nothing to Lose
  9. Take Care
  10. Mr. Rain