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TEEN (band)New York, NY
Since 2002, TEEN’s lead singer/songwriter, Kristina Lieberson, has been playing in bands around New York City, eventually becoming the keyboard player for the indie-psych band Here We Go Magic in 2008. During a hiatus from the band in the winter of 2009, she self-recorded and self-released the beguiling lo-fi Little Doods EP.
The sound relied heavily on its vocal arrangements and harmonies, the music strengthened by the flawless vocal connections between family and friends. Working with this landscape, and the desire to expand the sound from four-track/lo-fi to a fully flushed out sound, Kristina recruited her sisters, Lizzie and Katherine, Maia Ibar and Jane Herships, and signed to Carpark Records for 2012’s In Limbo. Produced by Sonic Boom (Spectrum, Spacemen 3), In Limbo encompassed trancey, kinetic pop and sprawling, ethereal ballads. Rolling Stone listed its opening track “Better” as one of the “50 Best Songs of 2012.”
The EP Carolina followed in 2013 and it was even more varied and accomplished; the band was growing by breathtaking leaps and bounds.
Searching for inspiration following their last album, the band’s three sisters found direction from a simple lineup tweak, joining with bassist Boshra AlSaadi to mine a new side of the band’s sound.
What emerged was the ambitious scope of The Way And Color. Recorded over a ten-day session in upstate New York, the band infused their brooding pop with minimalist beats and complex harmonies, inspired by classic R&B.
Amidst the album’s rich patchwork, Kristina emerges as a expressive, inspired frontwoman, touching on themes of relationships, womanhood and power. The record’s crisp production from Daniel Schlett (DIIV, Ghostface Killah, Janka Nabay) showcases her voice’s stylistic agility. What makes the band singular is the conversation between Katherine Lieberson’s crafty, minimalist drumming, Boshra AlSaadi’s lithe, sinuous bass lines, Lizzie Lieberson’s irresistible synth hooks and Kristina’s playful melodies. Toying with genre, TEEN successfully trades in the reverb for a punchy clarity and newfound maturity.
The band have toured consistently since winter 2010, including performances with War on Drugs, Ariel Pink, Santigold, Phantogram, Will Butler, Dean Wareheim and Hospitality.
Official video for “Carolina”. Featuring artist and director Megha Barnabas.
Official music video for “Better”. Directed by TEEN & friends, edited by Janis Vogel.