The Be Good Tanyas
If you’ve ever seen a really good quilt, you know that it’s not just patchwork. The hands that put it together may be from more than one artisan. The elements of its creation can come from all sorts of sources: new textiles and old garments, stitching utilitarian and decorative, colors showy and subtle. Whatever the case may be, the result is a warm, cohesive whole. Such is The Be Good Tanyas third full-length release, Hello Love, which grew slowly out of a wealth of recordings laid down over the course of just over a year. After the release of Blue Horse (2000) and Chinatown (2003), the Vancouver-based band played a handful of amazing live shows, but they took a break from serious touring and busied themselves with other projects. “The first songs we started recording were the ones that had been popular numbers in our live sets,” says Trish Klein. “Then, as we got into it, we started exploring recording some alternate songs, for album balance. We actually recorded a lot of songs for this record and had to really work through figuring out which ones would best apply to the album.” The songs took shape in the untreated, organic recording setting that has become part of the groups trademark sound. “We tend to sort of do what we do”, says Parton. “We approach music simply, very simply, and in terms of production, we don’t tend to stray too far from what our capacities are as a live band. The most important thing we try to capture in the studio, more than a perfect performance, is the raw emotion of a song.” They’ve succeeded in capturing that live sound, which is both effortless and fresh.