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Via Tania

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Tania Bowers still remembers the rabbit footprints that once dotted her bedroom floor. It’s hard not to. That’s where it all started, after all—where she’d hide for hours dreaming up songs, letting her imagination take flight alongside schoolteacher parents who were “great storytellers” and “didn’t always separate fact from fiction.” “I was an outsider from an early age,” says Tania, a Sydney native who’s weaved in and out of the Chicago music scene for the past decade. “I’ve always been quite comfortable with it, though.”

No wonder why her solo work (as Via Tania) has always sounded like a long day’s journey into night, as if the sun just set and you’re suddenly surrounded by towering trees and the entire cast of Where the Wild Things Are. Except that kid with the crown. Tania’s taken his place, conducting Technicolor pop cuts that might as well be synced up to a short film of its own. Or at the very least, carefully sequenced into a mesmerizing album like Moon Sweet Moon—a parallel dimension that begins innocently enough (the echo chamber keys and buried shuffleboard beats of “The Beginning”) but quickly turns bizarre and a bit, well, mad. “I like having the no-brainers up front,” explains Via Tania, “And the darker, more psychedelic ones toward the end.”

So that’s why “Dangerously” closes the curtain on Via Tania’s second LP with slippery lines, subtle and a sudden speaker-kicking climax that breaks her spell just in time for you to start all over again.

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