POST GENRE INDIE BAND THE NEW TAROT RELEASE DEBUT FULL-LENGTH ALBUM’S FIRST SINGLE – “AMERICA”
“The New York-based indie band delivers a new song that’s both simple and complex, just like the country that it’s about.”
“The Walker sisters, Monika and Karen, have been twisting the concept of alternative music as The New Tarot for just over two years now. Over the course of two EPS, their self-titled debut and last summer’s Stella!, the New York duo and their four-piece backing band delighted as a frenetic sort of rock-synthpop beast. It’s a sound that demands its alt label if for no other reason than it’s so beyond genre that calling it “other” is really the only recourse. On the band’s third and latest extended play, God of Science, they continue to stretch limits with distinct deftness and inventiveness.”
Consequence of Sound
“The New Tarot is indie rock for witchy babes. Equal parts mystical and danceable, it’s fronted by a couple of new-agey sisters (literally sisters, not just spiritually).”
“Monika Walker and her band, The New Tarot, are certainly making their way into the public consciousness…But for Walker, the band is more than music: it’s a way for her to understand and connect with the various aspects of her own identity.”
“The group’s intricate melodies and passionate lyrics give a fresh approach to relationships, mental health, and what it means to be “liked” on Facebook.”
“Shapeshifting between 90s-style alt-rock to indie psych to metal-pop (or something like that, in keeping with the TNT abbreviation of their band name), the sisters keep your ears guessing as to what they’re going to do next. There’s a fantastical side to their songs and imagery that made for a memorable session…”
Break Thru Radio
NYC-based, sister-fronted, post-genre group, The New Tarot, gear up to release debut full length album, in the wake of their third EP, God of Science. The new yet-to-be-named LP is about enlightenment from another century and revelation in era of political and spiritual uncertainty.
Singles from the last release, “Heavy Metal,” “Tell Me You Like Me” and “Solid Sun” paved the way for the debut full-length. The EP adopted the name of title track “God of Science,” a sardonic take on modern faith, yet the themes running through this collection have a much wider range – from social media-based egoism to ephemeral existence. Psychology Today, who premiered “Heavy Metal” did an in-depth interview with songwriter, Monika Walker, on it’s theme: magical consciousness – it’s been a fan-favorite ever since.
Previous EP, STELLA!, made a splash with “Memory Kills,” which made it’s debut on NYLON, who describe the single, “ethereal, but too tough to be called dreamy, and upbeat in all the right places.” The video for title track, “Stella,” premiered on CMJ this past Halloween, which was fitting for the spooky vibe and haunted set, where it was shot. A new video for “That Ain’t Me” is currently in post-production – unlike “Stella,” this next video is completely animated.
Inspired by the grooves of David Bowie, Regina Spektor and The Flaming Lips, The New Tarot create songs that Music Times call “one part synth-filled pop, one part thrashing alternative rock, a splash of sisterhood and a sprinkle of the occult.” Diffuser.fm praise the unique sound of the group stating, “The New Tarot flip alternative rock on its head with the powerful stories found in their irresistible songs.” They’ve previously been featured on BreakThru Radio, Last FM, SoFar Sounds (NYC and Athens, Greece) and other studio sessions. With love from Consequence of Sound, Bitch Magazine, Indie Shuffle, Baeble Music and many more, there’s no signs of slowing down – especially with a full-length album on the way.
The Walker sisters, Monika (vocals/guitar) and Karen (vocals/keyboard), formed their band in the spring of 2014. While performing poetry outside Union Squares’ subway entrance, Monika Walker captivated the attention of a passing man, who would later become the band’s manager. After hearing the brilliance in Monika’s use of verbiage and poetry, and learning she had a sister studying music composition at college, the soon-to-be manager convinced Karen to leave college and pursue a career in music with her sister. Now, a full band supports them: Chas Langston (drums), Dave Kahn (bass), Beth Callen (guitar) and David Banker (trombone). The sextet creates archetypes throughout their music and their stories are filled with chaos, harmony and the concept of space within ourselves and the universe.
Headlining Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory and Manhattan’s Le Poisson Rouge and playing at other major NYC venues, including Mercury Lounge, Rockwood Music Hall, The Slipper Room and The Bitter End, The New Tarot has taken off like a rocket within two years. The band played at The Deli’s CMJ event, after the publication dubbed them a band to “Keep An Ear On.”
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