Kilkenny-based songwriter, producer, and visual artist Tanoki is set to release a new single “Loading.” It is the first single off upcoming album File New. The song features experimental electro sounds building to a relentless funk groove. Hypnotic vocals from Farah Elle and jazz elements are joined by a perfect blend of real and synthetic instruments, with slick production by Tanoki.
Having directed Farah for a Music video the pair became friends and quickly music collaborators when Paul called to Farah with some work in progress tunes, which Farah promptly jammed over with both Piano and Vocal lines, Paul got to refining and after a few sessions Loading was born.
Tanoki says, “The song is a commentary on what we’re doing with technology and how it’s intersecting with our lives. As we lose what makes us human in exchange for the robotic, I want listeners to imagine the kind of lyrics that might come from an android, the cyborgs we’re becoming.”
He goes on to say, “So much of music is now tech based, from how we interact with our collaborators to the sounds itself, music is now zeros and ones, it isn't tangibly real. Not necessarily in a bad way, it’s just a reflection of where we’re at.”
The song was recorded and produced in Geppetto Studios, Tanoki’s home studio in Kilkenny.
“Loading” accompanies a music video shot and edited by Tanoki. He flexes his editing prowess to create an incredibly engaging visual experience. The video features animation, creative cuts and hypnotic visuals, and stars Stafford and Turlough Kelly dancing through darkened streets of Kilkenny.
Tanoki (Paul Mahon) is a producer and visual artist from Kilkenny, Ireland. Previously releasing music and visual projects under the title Geppetto, he has taken part in various festivals and been involved in the arts scene in Ireland for many years. His music weaves the line between electro, trip-hop and funk with cinematic and jazz elements. With a rich history of visual collaboration and video edit work for the likes of Linkin Park, Walking on Cars, Bantum, Loah, RSAG, GodKnows, and Jerry Fish more, musical inspiration was never too far. With a worldwide pandemic and time to knuckle down the debut album, File New emerged.