Release Date: Jul 13, 2018
Record label: Company Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Dream Pop, Shoegaze
Sundays can be disorienting. The gateways from weekend to weekday, they wear many hats--Sunday Funday, Lazy Sunday, the Lord's Day, Sunday Scaries--and possess a magical melancholy all their own. This mystique provides the name, and the inspiration, for the debut album from San Francisco musician Hannah Van Loon, who performs as Tanukichan. Through heavy distortion, bleeding basslines, and eerie lyrics, Van Loon captures the spirit of a day whose wide-open nature fosters anxieties as well as ambitions.
The best literal translation of Tanukichan I could come up with from a cursory web search is 'Little Miss Raccoon Dog'. The Japanese suffix 'chan' apparently can mean, alternately, 'Little', 'Miss/Mr', and 'cute', while Tanuki also refers to a kitschy kind of statue representing a mythical animal known to cause mischief, or perhaps bring bad luck. Cute is not the first word that occurs when digging down into Hannah Van Loon's debut solo record - a woozy journey along the blazing West Coast.