Spotlight on Tasseomancy

Need further evidence that Toronto is taking the music scene by storm? Introducing Tasseomancy.

With equal parts Joanna Newsom, Timber Timbre, and CocoRosie, Tasseomancy is the delightfully dark project of twins Sari and Romy Lightman. You may know them as the petite back-up singers and dancers in Austra.

Tasseomancy (photo courtesy of the artist)

The Lightman sisters started making music a few years ago as Ghost Bees (and even released an EP), but with time, their artistic direction morphed, and their lo-fi folk leanings gave way to a fuller, more experimental sound with Tasseomancy.

When I got their upcoming album from a publicist a month or so back, I couldn’t wait to share it. Now, fresh from a screening of the early 90s movie Twin Sitters (which featured the Barbarian brothers babysitting – you guessed it – twins), I think the timing is right.

Tasseomancy’s debut album, Ulalume, (which, by the way, was co-produced by Timber Timbre’s Taylor Kirk and Simon Trottier) isn’t due out until August, but they just released a truly spooky video for the song “Heavy Sleep.”

Oh, so this is what it would sound like if Joanna Newsom could sing. Good to know.


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"He considered music a liberating force: it liberated him from loneliness, introversion, the dust of the library; it opened the door of his body and allowed his soul to step out into the world to make friends."

- Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being


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