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The Long Tangles / Press

“...This is a collection of lovely, solid tracks driven by synths, piano, big drums and assorted finery, including glockenspiel and acoustic guitar. The vocals are a big part of what makes The Long Tangles stick out. The new album is made lush with added sparkle from Hans’ melodic, crystalline harmonies. Don’t miss out on The Long Tangles’ CD release show Thursday night at the Swan Dive, 615 Red River near E. 7th St. The show includes performances by local bands Hello Caller, Elaine Greer & Friends, and Girl Dreams. Really, the entire show promises to be one big delightful pop dream. Check it all out. Recommended.”

“The anthemic "Victory" & the infectious "Oh, River" both sound as honed as anything I've ever heard from the Long Tangles. And yes, while both of the songs certainly make my brain want to scream out Mates Of State, they're are so well crafted and full of energy that it's not hard to look past all the easy comparisons between the two acts. As for the other tracks on Finer Things, "I Want You," "Sentiment," & "San Ve San" are all solid, upbeat pop tunes that you'll probably find stuck in your head at some point. There's also the breezy and effortless gem that is "Maricopa County," which is so good it left me wishing that Finer Things had a few more like it. The Long Tangles are a SOTO-fav, so of course I'm going to say they're a band to keep an eye on. Fortunately for me, they made that statement easier by churning out a solid effort that features some great highlights. If you happen to decide to pick up Finer Things, the only thing that will disappoint you is the short tracklist.”

“The Long Tangles have coined a term to encompass the many husband and wife indie pop/rock outfits: matrimony rock. Their take puts wife Courtney Han’s vocals and the keys (piano, specifically, on many tunes) way out front. I find it quite pleasant, if a little unassuming (a lot less thorny than, say, Quasi). Hans’ voice reminds me very specifically of another singer with similar timbre and careful enunciation, and it’s kinda driving me nuts that I can’t remember who, but the important thing is that it’s a singer I like. “Ode to the Wrecking Ball” is my fave.”

“I am late to the party on the Long Tangles – they’ve had their praises sung from the Austin community for a while now racking up the accolade of third best band in Austin in the Austin Music Awards. This husband and wife band uses drums and keyboards as their weapons of choices. It’s sugary and has a certain endearing energy to the music that I look forward to seeing live at the show. The Long Tangles are one of the most promising new bands in Austin. They’ve got their blend of electro-pop & garage-rock down to a science.”

“#3 Best New Band in Austin: THE LONG TANGLES”

“The Long Tangles have a lot going for them. They’ve got catchy material, they sound good live, and at the very least, they have a wave of hype after a very successful first year as a band. The fact that they have pumped out an EP, Blueprints & Maps, pulled off a brief summer tour, and managed to record and release their debut LP all within the span of a single year is amazing. Having formed in January 2010 from other disbanded groups, that’s a lot of progress for a short amount of time, all of culminating the release of the delightfully poppy, yet reserved, Silver City.”

“Best New Local Act: THE LONG TANGLES (Greg Beets)”

“Finding love at first sight at a bar in New Orleans, this matrimony indie pop/rock duo has just released their spunky first full-length album, Silver City. A follow up to their first LP, Silver City is chock full of cheeky tunes that are ready for your next trip down the coast. Ornamented with the charm of the piano, sweet, mellifluous synths and utopian vocals, every piece radiates positivity, even on the darker of tracks. Gems like “Ode To The Wrecking Ball” manifest the complexity of their instrumentation and add more depth to the album, and the vocals in “Dry Room” simply haunt your tingling senses and make you wanna dance around in daisies at the same time. It’s quite the journey of a record, seen through the romantic eyes of two Texan musicians. FCC Friendly”

“Silver City is the new album released this past Tuesday by husband and wife indie duo The Long Tangles. Courtney Hans and Earl Vallery recorded a three-song EP last year, Blueprints and Maps, with some help from Quiet Company’s Matt Parmenter as their engineer. They selected to keep the arrangements pretty simple with just keyboard, drums, and Courtey’s lovely voice. Those vocals and harmonies are stronger than ever on Silver City. They made their Los Angeles debut at the Silverlake Lounge last month. Now they’re ready for their official CD release party tonight at Stubb’s indoor venue, 801 Red River. The bill includes R. Father & The Dashing Bastards, and The Tiny Tin Hearts. This is a Free Week show, so admission is free - and speaking of free, the first 100 people through the door will receive a copy of the new album. Irresistible! Doors open at 9 p.m. Recommended ”

“Thursday, January 6: "...Down the street at Stubb's, the Long Tangles, a precocious keyboards-drums duo, suggested Mates of State practicing safer sex." ”

“Husband and wife indie pop duo Courtney Hans and Earl Vallery formed The Long Tangles in early 2010, and recorded a three-song EP, Blueprints and Maps. With Quiet Company’s Matt Parmenter as their engineer, they selected to keep the arrangements pretty simple: Mostly keyboard, drums, and of course, Courtney’s lovely voice. Their new full-length album, Silver City, has a release date on January 4th. But you won’t have to wait to get a sneak preview. The Long Tangles are playing tonight at Cheer Up Charlie’s, a great little venue at 1104 E. 6th St. The Daily Brothers open the show. Get there around 9 p.m. Recommended. ”