On January 17, 2020 Brooklyn artist Tuarrah released, Palimpsest, the third single from their upcoming record, Lying on Our Backs, due out in February 2020. The song serves as the next work in a collection of stories that all stem from the idea of finding beauty in the intimate moments we all share with one another and how this is reflected in the natural world that surrounds us.
Palimpsest was written after a long afternoon of looking at paintings at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Tuarrah became fascinated by the idea that mistakes sometimes remain visible in paintings, often as a factor of the medium rather than the choice of the artist.
As if by chance
the layers peel off
leaving a mess
shedding their lives
for this palimpsest
“As canvasses get painted over and revisions are made, traces of those alterations remain. Even if the changes are invisible to the naked eye, we scan the paintings with our fancy tools and learn about the history of the work. What stories are hiding under those layers? In music, we have the option to re-record over the tape and not leave a trace. This is a song for the mistakes,” says Tuarrah.
The song itself is lush with melodic and harmonic layers that include a swirling wonderland of floating piano chords, ethereal strings, descending guitars and an expressive vocal performance from Tuarrah singer Julia Easterlin. The track beautifully blends the hybrid energy of a band in a room and occasionally with more elaborate studio production. The track is mixed by mixer Andy Baldwin (Björk, Haerts, St. Lucia).
Link for streaming: https://orcd.co/streampalimpsest