Indie psychedelic band The Tontons are back after their stellar Golden EP with a new single. (The Tontons are of course not to be confused with the Tauntauns from ice planet Hoth). The A-side of the Bones 7” is a spacey, but dance-rock infected jam. Fittingly titled “Bones 1” it's a song about living in the here and now and celebrating youth and freedom. “One of these days, we'll have some kids, picket fences, mortgages … but today's not that day / and I'm not that girl / I've got time / I've got the whole wide world,” singer Asli Omar croons. It's joyous and optimistic; sure, someday we all get old. All the more reason to stay out late while you can.
On the B-side ("Bones 2", of course) the band gives into the psychedelic blues freakout that's been hanging out around their edges all along. Haunting organ gives the track a feeling of space, while the rhythm section plays uncharacteristically loose. The song feels like a hold-out from the late 60's. But it's less a time capsule than a love letter. Asli's voice has rarely sounded more dynamic, rising from her typical breathy coo to a heartrending wail. Where “Bones 1” celebrates being young and making mistakes, “Bones 2” is all the regret the morning after.
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- Words by Nathan Leigh