“By the time you hear this” by Tuvaband captures the mystifying and amorphous nature of time.
In the song, Tuvaband creates a melodic dream-state through a combination of wistful vocals and repetitive reflective lyrics. Multiple times, Tuvaband sings, “This is the end of the start of the end of the start of the end / Or is it the start of the end of the start of the end of the start?”, questioning the ebb and flow of time. The repetition within the song, which was written during the height of the pandemic, also reminds me of the sometimes paralyzing aspect of time, in which it is easy to become listless when confronted with the juxtaposition of how our lifetimes seem to be both simultaneously infinite and fleeting. Overall, this indie-folk track enchants the listener and makes them reflect on their own reality of time.
Tuvaband, an Oslo, Norway based indie-folk solo artist, just released her newest album, New Orders, on January 20. Tuvaband was created by Tuva Hellum Marschhäuser, who works tirelessly as a songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist on her projects. On New Orders, Tuva did everything, including playing almost all the instruments, recording, producing, and mixing. Tuva has gained acclaim within the music community and has even earned a Norwegian Grammy nomination. Many have compared her to other artists such as Kate Bush, Cocteau Twins, and David Lynch, among others. With this latest release, Tuvaband continues to explore the sounds of indie-pop combined with piano-led folk, to create a transcendent experience.
Review by Laurel Ayuyao