Tanukichan

Music

Oakland, CA

Tanukichan is the solo project of Bay Area-based Hannah van Loon. After growing up making and performing classical music and playing the violin, keys, bass and guitar, van Loon experimented with bluegrass and jazz and unexpectedly fell into making pop music with San Francisco band Trails and Ways. She toured and performed with the band for four years before feeling a need to focus on her own music again, which led to her creating solo songs and being introduced by a mutual friend to Chaz Bear of Toro Y Moi and Les Sins. Bear helped her to rework most of the songs and take chances on fully forming a new sonic direction. Sundays, her debut full length as Tanukichan, was produced by Bear. The record is a shoegazy and personal approach to love, loss and longing, melding vague, devastating lyrics with gorgeous dream pop music. When the pandemic hit, van Loon turned to the radio pop-rock of her childhood. Referencing artists like 311, The Cranberries, and Tom Petty with main collaborator Bear, the result is “Make Believe” — a bright guitar track with a 90s pop vocal melody that turns itself over and over again, like trying to get to the bottom of a spiraling thought. This new work holds onto the buzzy, shoegaze style that defines Tanukichan’s last album, with a deeper dive into new, twinkling melodies.
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