“The Embers” by Vagabon

Cameroon-born, New York-raised, multi-instrumentalist and producer Lætitia Tamko has been making music under the moniker Vagabon since 2014. On her debut album, Infinite Worlds, she hones her singular voice and vision with an unprecedented clarity. Infinite Worlds is a wide-ranging eight-song collection that’s pleasantly unclassifiable: hypnotic electronic collages, acoustic ballads, and bursts of bright punk sit side-by-side cohesively, all tied together by Tamko’s soaring voice.

Yesterday, she premiered the video for her track “The Embers” and announced that she would be joining Allison Crutchfield & The Fizz on a North American tour in spring 2017, following her own February album release shows in both Brooklyn and Philadelphia.

Infinite Worlds was recorded at Salvation Recording Co. in New Paltz, NY with engineer and co-producer Chris Daly. Tamko and Daly worked closely and tirelessly inhis upstate NY studio through the winter into the spring of 2016. The album’s title references a book of poetry by Dana Ward called The Crisis of Infinite Worlds, a book Tamko found particularly inspiring during her recording process, but also very challenging to read: “I had to think critically while reading Dana Ward, it was exciting to be challenged in that way. While I was writing the album, it was a lot of me thinking critically about how to actualize my ideas, and the challenge of reaching proficiency in new instruments. It sort of mirrored my experience reading Dana Ward’s book. I found myself combing his writing over and over and over until I grabbed something from it.”

Infinite Worlds builds upon Tamko’s stripped-down demos that have been circulating online and throughout the independent music community for the past two years. Her Persian Garden cassette, released in 2014 via Miscreant Records, was a lo-fi collection where she embraced a first-thought best-thought approach, making songs that began with just her voice and guitar. But here, Tamko is a main performer of synths, keyboard, guitars, and drums, at times enlisting the work of session studio musicians.

Infinite Worlds is set for release on February 24, 2017 through Father/Daughter Records.

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 *
3/20 Phoenix, AZ @ The Underground *
3/22 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *
3/23 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop *
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 Record Release Shows
* w/ Allison Crutchfield & The Fizz


FEBRUARY 24, 2017

1. The Embers
2. Fear & Force
3. Minneapolis
4. Mal á L’aise
5. 100 Years
6. Cleaning House
7. Cold Apartment
8. Alive And A Well