After recently supporting RUFUS on a national tour, as well as their own sold out headline single shows, Tora are becoming a familiar name in the electronic music circuit in Australia.
Take a Rest is the debut offering from the Byron Bay four-piece and it’s a great showcase of what they’re all about. To sum it up, it’s a smooth listen full of futuristic synth sounds, augmented vocals and general urban-inspired grooves.
‘Love Life’ hits the high notes, stepping into the urban/soul side of electronically produced music. ‘Too Little’ has a cheeky sound grab at the start of the song from what can only be seen as from their recording sessions. As nice of a personal touch as it is, it’s a bit jarring against the transition from song to song.
‘Amsterdam’ is a highlight on the release, with its soft crooning, guitar focus and occasional tribal-esque synth making its way into the track.
As a whole, it probably doesn’t flow through as seamlessly as it could, and this is something that develops in time with albums produced, but we see big things coming for Tora.
Reviewed by Alexander Lightfoot