Toronto's Tallies have been honing their shimmering brand of dreampop for the last five years, drawing from a very specific place and time -- I put it at England from 1987 to 1991 -- when 4AD and Creation were the among the coolest labels around, and dorm rooms walls were decorated with posters of The Smiths, Cocteau Twins, The Cure, and The Stone Roses. Tallies proudly still have those posters on their walls and they aren't shy about those influences (see below), but they've grown as songwriters, performers and arrangers, and use these shimmering sonic touchstones to their own means. Their just-released second album Patina is terrific, and you can listen to that below.
We asked Tallies singer Sarah Cogan to tell us a little more about the influences behind the album, which include The Sugarcubes, Saint Etienne, Ride, Cocteau Twins, The Sundays and more. Read her commentary on her influences list below.