This is the third album from My Favourite Things, founded in Brooklyn by Dorothea Tachler (formerly of Igloo, The Swirlies, Alles Wie Gross). Fans of Beach House, Broadcast, dreampop and shoegaze should enjoy the album’s melancholic swaying, melody-rich offerings. This album should also appeal to lovers of acoustic folk music artists such as James Yorkston and Bonnie “Prince” Billy.
“This song is about friendship. Its about missing our best friends from another time and place. Everything around us changed, our homes, our every day lives, the people we live with, but our relationship, our love to them is exactly the same it always was,” says Dorothea Tachler.
Videographer Hiroshi Shafer explains his inspiration behind this new video: “Our friends used to live nearby around the block. We hung out or talked most of the day when we were little boys and girls. When we grow up, it’s not easy to fill the distance and time. I entrusted this feeling to my back yard snails and asked them to act in this music video.”
Dorothea wrote and produced all the songs with their many textures, owing to the use of multiple instruments, many of which she also played: violins, flutes and autoharps weave in and out of twinkling glockenspiels, vibraphones and intricate, sometimes shredding guitars, delivered on a solid bed of a grabbing bass and ripping drums, with Dorothea’s balmy voice hovering and twinkling atop.
From a young age, her Korean/German/Croatian background has immersed her in a diversity of musical influences, which have shaped her. In 2009, she released “rarara” (Afterhours/Japan), followed by “Tomorrow’s Far Away” in 2013, featuring guest vocals from several friends and former band-mates, including Valerie Trebeljahr of Lali Puna, Damon Tutunjan from The Swirlies, Daru Oda (Norah Jones), Sean Meadows (June of 4, Lungfish), and Doug Scharin (Codeine, HIM, Rex).
“Music was my anchor and my lighthouse in stormy and dark nights, and putting my inner turmoil into words really helped me process it better. It was kind of my metamorphosis, being disintegrated like a chrysalis, and being shaped into something new,” explains Tachler.
Take a listen to My Favourite Things new single ‘Some Thing Stay The Same’:
When performing live, My Favourite Things appear in different formations, ranging from a solo act to a five-piece band, featuring prominent musicians from the buoyant New York scene: Yoshio “Tony” Kobayashi on drums, Yusuke Yamamoto on vibraphone and synthesizers, Michael Figgiani on bass, and various other talents.
The band has played many venues in the unforgiving NYC music circuit, transporting transfixed audiences from their chaotic built-up urban environments to a twilight world of their own favourite things. Last year, My Favourite Things also toured Germany, featuring Notwist frontman Markus Acher on drums, along with other talented and experienced musicians from Germany’s active band scene.
‘Fly I Will, Because I Can’ is out now and can be ordered from My Favourite Things’ Bandcamp.
Director and Cinematographer: Hiroshi Shafer
Screenplay by Snails from Arion Place Brooklyn
Co-Producer and Snail trainer: Kazuha Otake
Music and Lyrics by Dorothea Tachler
Band mates Dorothea Tachler, Michael Figgiani, Yoshio Kobayashi, Yusuke Yamamoto, and Sora Louise Oda Figgiani
02 Everything Changes
03 Goodbye Again
04 Still Practicing
05 Some Things Stay the Same
06 Growing Pains
07 Nobody Knows
08 A Little Closer
09 Keep Letting Go
11 The Longest Winter
12 I Don’t Know