“A very lovely dose of chamber pop-informed indie rock,” says Brooklyn Vegan of duo that KEXP notes finds “beauty in the melancholy of pining.”
Gilden Tunador and Robin Peringer of Figg. Photo credit: Robin Peringer.
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“Though Peringer’s resume also includes work with Modest Mouse, 764-HERO, and the Doug Martsch–fronted Treepeople, Figg sounds most closely tied to the ramshackle, string-heavy chamber pop of Carissa.”
FLOOD Magazine premieres the video for “Black Tar of Camden Yards” featuring contributions from YouTube celebrity Jacob The Carpetbagger. Watch it here or at the link below.
“This band has been worth waiting for. A sound that is as fresh today as it would have been a decade ago,” says PopMatters in its premiere coverage of “Jack is the Pulpit” from the decade-delayed debut album from Figg. Listen here or at the link below.
01. A Case Study in Plagiarism (STREAM)
02. Pink is the New Blues (STREAM)
03. Black Tar of Camden Yards (STREAM)
04. Jack is the Pulpit (STREAM)
05. Bungleweed Motherwort
06. You and Me, Oh Please
07. Baby in a Cage
08. Don't Want to Have to Hate
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Brooklyn Vegan says “Black Tar of Camden Yards” by Figg is “a very lovely dose of chamber pop-informed indie rock” in its premiere coverage of the song. Figg’s debut self-titled album, delayed for a decade, will finally see national release on June 12th.
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Figg, the Seattle and Los Angeles-based duo of Robin Peringer and Gilden Tunador, was originally scheduled to release its debut album a decade ago.
Peringer’s musical past is like a giant quilt of the Northwest music scene, having played guitar in Modest Mouse, 764-HERO, Love as Laughter and many more luminaries of the region. When he teamed up with Tunador, the duo found local admiration and ultimately national attention as part of the (intentionally misspelled) band Carissa’s Wierd.
Figg’s sound was perfect for the moment, but, shoved, then shelved, the album’s champions went away. Jump to a decade later, and now, a new moment has emerged for Peringer and Tunador as Figg’s self-titled debut, sounding fresh as ever, has now seen an appropriate release today, June 12th, 2020.
“Releasing our record has been an ego-smashing lesson in the appreciation of patience, the unfolding of the creative process, and the magic of universal timing,” Tunador says. After the band’s deal fell apart, they shopped the album around, but were still a bit too shell-shocked from the whole experience.
Five years later, in 2015, just as Bandcamp was becoming the leader in artist-focused and controlled streaming, Figg decided to finally make the record available. They posted it without promotion or any fanfare at all. They just wanted their friends to be able to hear it.
Friends tuned in, and the band felt satisfied that at least the album was available to the public. Some of that public included legendary and internationally influential public radio station KEXP. The album’s lead track “A Case Study in Plagiarism” was added to rotation and anointed as a station “Song of The Day.”
KEXP said at the time, “Tunador’s voice has a striking clarity in the track mix of lead-off cut ‘A Case Study in Plagiarism,’ paired with a slightly fuzzed out guitar part, which builds to a beautiful, layered refrain. Think of Nancy Sinatra’s spaced-out work with Lee Hazlewood, if she was raised on Slowdive.”
Figg was revived, at least in this small, but important way, and this development moved Peringer and Tunador to start stockpiling new songs, and to give their generally unheard debut album its due.
“It’s as if the music has a life of its own and is determined to keep on breathing,” Tunador explains. “We are at the point in our lives where we understand the importance of doing what we love and we’re excited that the timing is aligned for this album to join the world with full promotion and availability across all platforms.”
The debut album by Figg, originally scheduled for release in 2010, is out today. Members of Figg are available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.
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