Teenage sibling duo Tennyson and LA-based producer Mr. Carmack take a nostalgic turn with their latest collaboration, “Wednesday.” The song, which serves as the second track of their singles trilogy. What starts out as an airy and contemplative track quickly grows into a full-fledged instrumental brimming with childlike wonder, as playful synths bust out melodies that recall the 8-bit soundtracks of old video games.
Like its predecessor “Tuesday,” “Wednesday” showcases the drastically different approaches of its unlikely production team. The melodic pop of Tennyson find a welcome partner in Mr. Carmack’s dark rhythms, which provide an otherwise friendly track with an untapped gravity that neither artist could create on their own.
With a duo like Tennyson, there’s more than meets the eye. If we lived in a different time you might’ve saved up your pennies and caught a glimpse of the traveling Tennyson magic show. Luke and Tess have been playing music together since, basically, forever. Growing up in Edmonton, Alberta with a drummer for a father, there wasn’t much else to do.
And when you listen to Tennyson or watch them perform, you get it. They speak their own language on stage; while soloing on his keyboard Luke triggers a sound effect with the tip of his nose, Tess’s electronic drums shape-shift with each song.
About Mr. Carmack
“Make music like no one’s listening” is the motto of Aaron Carmack, and appropriately so. His story is a three-part series, divided into factions of past, present, and future. Every element of the past, as Aaron Carmack would explain, has had an effect on who he is today as both a writer/producer and DJ. Being born and raised in San Francisco, attending and dropping out of college in Long Beach, CA, moving to Oahu for three years and living off income from monthly releases on Bandcamp, and finally ending up in Los Angeles – Carmack’s music is an expression and perpetual reflection of all of it.
2/14 – Lost Lake Lounge – Denver, CO
2/16 – Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT
2/18 – Fortune Sound Club – Vancouver, BC
2/20 – The Vera Project – Seattle, WA
2/21 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR
2/23 – Brick & Mortar – San Francisco, CA
2/24 – Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA
3/31 – The Republik – Honolulu, HI
4/5 – Walter’s – Houston, TX
4/6 – Cambridge Room – Dallas, TX
4/7 – Vulcan – Austin, TX
4/8 – 930 Club – Washington, DC
4/9 – Terminal West – Atlanta, GA
6/17 – Red Rocks – Denver, CO