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How Vagabon’s Unexpectedly Heavy ‘Minneapolis’ Stands Apart From The Rest Of Her Debut Album

Vagabon is the musical project of Lætitia Tamko, a Brooklyn musician whose debut album Infinite Worlds contains just that — whole worlds of sound. Last spring when I was the music editor at Brooklyn Magazine, she was one of nine artists I highlighted as local acts to watch — now, she’s getting national attention for her debut album. Not tied down or behold to a particular style, Tamko’s musical variability is one of the things that makes her such a force.

Her debut single, fittingly titled “Fear & Force” came out the day after Donald Trump won the presidential election, and was slightly overshadowed by this historic upset, but since then she’s released the aquarium-filled video for her rumbling second track “The Embers” and today shared the third, what Billboard dubbed a “proggy punk rocker” called “Minneapolis.”

Tamko told Billboard that her friend Eva Lawitts plays bass on the track, and that it came about as a result of a casual jam session where she wrote in an unusual way, getting down the arrangements before the lyrics. These circumstances explain the freewheeling, jammed-out feeling of the track, along with the shredding, which definitely isn’t a consistent element on the rest of the Vagabon record. Listen the unexpectedly heavy song above, and check out the full live tour dates for Vagabon in 2017 below.

Tour dates:

2/24 — Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
2/25 — Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA
3/2 — Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
3/3 — Harrisonburg, VA @ The Golden Pony
3/4 — Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight
3/6 — Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
3/7 — Gainesville, FL @ The Atlantic
3/8 — Tampa, FL @ New World Brewery
3/9 — Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub
3/10 — Savannah, GA @ Savannah Stopover
3/11 — Birmingham, AL @ Syndicate Lounge
3/14 — New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
3/15-18 — Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/20 — Phoenix, AZ @ The Underground
3/22 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
3/23 — San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
3/24 — Santa Rosa, CA @ Atlas Coffee Company
3/25 — Arcata, CA @ All Ages Arcata Project
3/26 — Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
3/27 — Seattle, WA @ Vera Project
3/31 — Chicago, IL @ Schubas
4/1 — Columbus, OH @ Spacebar
4/2 — Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
4/3 — Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme
4/4 — Detroit, MI @ Marble Bar
4/5 — Toronto, ON @ Silver Dollar
4/6 — Montreal, QC @ Vitrola
4/7 — Winooski, VT @ The Monkey House
4/8 — Portsmouth, NH @ 3S

Infinite Worlds is out 2/24 via Father/Daughter Records. Pre-order it here.

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