“Sour Cherries” By Tenci

“Sour Cherries" by Tenci is Northern Transmissions Song of the Day. The track is off the band's album A Swollen River, A Well Overflowing
“Sour Cherries" by Tenci is Northern Transmissions Song of the Day

Tenci has shared “Sour Cherries,” the latest single off their forthcoming album, A Swollen River, A Well Overflowing, available November 4th via Keeled Scales (Buck Meek, Sun June). In Jess Shoman’s words, “‘Sour Cherries’ is very simply about succumbing to the bittersweet feelings of love.”

A Swollen River, A Well Overflowing is Tenci’s second album, coming after their 2020 debut My Heart Is An Open Field, which introduced Jess Shoman’s music explorations to the world. Shoman admits that their first album dealt with letting go of painful life experiences, resulting in emptiness. In this recent collection of wiser years and distance from that former grief, Tenci carries an opposite feeling, a celebration of self-rejuvenation. A Swollen River, A Well Overflowing shows Shoman steering their inventive music further and wilder, spilling over with 12 fable-like songs.

Born out of the Chicago scene, Shoman is joined by Curtis Oren on saxophone and guitar, Izzy Reidy on bass (Izzy True), and Joseph Farago on drums (Joey Nebulous). The years following My Heart is an Open Field saw the band playing shows together all over the country before regrouping in Chicago to record A Swollen River with engineer Abby Black. While the themes of Tenci shuffle around a serious pool of thought and trying to understand life’s calamities, their live sets often feature an ample amount of goofy light-heartedness.

Tenci 2022 Tour Dates

Fri. Nov. 4 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
Mon. Nov. 7 – Minneapolis, MN
Wed. Nov. 9 – Toronto, ON @ The Baby G
Thu. Nov. 10 – Montreal, QC @ Casa de Popolo
Fri. Nov. 11 – Boston, MA @ Lilypad
Sat. Nov. 12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
Mon. Nov. 14 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA
Tue. Nov. 15 – Washington, DC @ DC9
Thu. Nov. 17 – Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub
Fri. Nov. 18 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
Sat. Nov. 19 – Chicago, IL @ Sleeping Village

Pre order A Swollen River, A Well Overflowing by Tenci HERE


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