A Music Blog, Yea? recently caught up with the lovely Andrea Tomasi— a singer/songwriter who strives for “true expression” in her music. Recently announcing a mini-tour with Johanna Warren and releasing her debut album Hurricane Dream, it was the perfect time to meet Andrea. Dig into our conversation below:
AMBY: Hello Andrea, cheers for speaking with us. What have you been up to?
Andrea Tomasi: I recently moved to Brooklyn, NY, and have been spending my summer playing shows, writing when inspiration comes, working at a restaurant on the lower east side called Mission Chinese, and trying to enjoy the outdoors through weekend trips to upstate NY and Vermont, where I grew up.
AMBY: How would you describe your sound to those unfamiliar with your music?
Andrea Tomasi: I would say my music is highly personal and emotional, with a strong emphasis on the melody, and I often play with the position of the lyrics in relation to the melody. I grew up singing in a lot of all women’s singing groups, singing a cappella and three and four part harmony-you could say my melodies have influences from more traditional folk songs.
AMBY: Your debut album Hurricane Dream is now out. Which songs are your favourite off the record?
Andrea Tomasi: I find that I cycle through songs fairly quickly, and because of this always have the yearning to keep writing-My favorite songs on this record are probably Hurricane Dream, Falcon Song, and Honey-Bee.
AMBY: What’s the significance behind the album’s title?
Andrea Tomasi: Hurricane Dream is the title to the third track, and I honestly liked the feeling that I got from those two words side-by-side, rather than saying there is any particular significance. Choosing this as the title was somewhat random, but now that I have settled into it a bit, I do find that in an abstract way, it feels like it represents what a lot of this record reflects about what I was almost unknowingly expressing at the time of writing these songs; this particular yearning that exists inside of me that sources from a dream of long ago, that as I come into adulthood I realize I have to let go, hence the hurricane—coming in and shaking that dream up, so that it doesn’t necessarily exist as it once did. A disruption that leads to a letting go, a transformation.
AMBY: The album was made in the outdoors in the woods of a state park. What was the inspiration of recording it this way?
Andrea Tomasi: I think there is a stillness that is inherent to my music–this need to sit and listen, to fully take it in. This also is synonymous with nature, and so seemed like the outdoors was the perfect backdrop for the solitude and listening of my music. I also feel so comforted by the outside world, and one of my favorite things to do is just sit and watch/be in nature, and love the idea of my songs being coupled with the crickets or a plane passing ……
AMBY: Music stimulates a variety of senses; do any senses stand out as triggers to inspire your music?
Andrea Tomasi: I would say the strongest sense to inspire my music is listening…to other musicians or artists who might inspire me to write, or to myself, and being attuned to when I feel like I need or want to express something.
AMBY: What’s the funniest thing to happen to you at a live show?
Andrea Tomasi: I’ve had pretty tame live shows so far, not a lot of stand-out funny happenings to report quite yet….
AMBY: Has there ever been a song you wish you wrote? And if so, which song?
Andrea Tomasi: Just about any song written by Anais Mitchell—we’re from the same stomping ground in VT, and I just think she is a genius. She has been a very big inspiration to me, and I would be mighty proud of myself if I’d written any song off of her Brightness album or the Young Man in America record.
AMBY: What’s the best release of the year?
Andrea Tomasi: Lora-Faye’s Waltzes. I just saw her at Joe’s pub on the lower east side and bought her ep. She puts on a really good show.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Andrea Tomasi that nobody knows yet?
Andrea Tomasi: I really really like the pop radio station. And dancing to it. Or riding in cars with it on…the best.
Thank you Andrea Tomasi, for giving us your answers!
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