Today, London based Tatyana drops a brand new single and video ‘Hold My Hand’ via Sinderlyn. Bustling with fragmented, scratchy rhythms, kinked notes and levelled by conscious swathes of empty space, the club ready track arrives alongside a chic, understated video directed by Andy King. The release of today’s single follows August’s ‘Femcel Anthem’ which set the scene for a brand new era since debut LP, Treat Me Right co-produced by Metronomy’s Joseph Mount.
Describing today’s release Tatyana says “‘Hold My Hand’ is inspired by club music (Marie Davidson and Syclops were two big inspirations for this track), I sampled and cut up a bunch of delayed vocals I had recorded through my Eventide TimeFactor pedal, and the arpeggiated bass and the relentless, distorted arp (recorded on the Korg Arp Odyssey) were two key musical motifs that propel the song forward. Thematically, the song deals with how a simple gesture like holding hands can be interpreted, is it reserved for true intimacy or is it casual? The question “why do you want to hold my hand?” Is a stand-in for the deeper query of “what are we?” that we’re often afraid of asking in the alienating landscape of modern dating.”
This music is a tapestry of Tatyana’s music credentials and eclectic, transient upbringing. Born in London, before moving to Russia, Holland and Singapore in her teens, before eventually landing in the USA to study music on a full ride scholarship at Berklee College, where, bouncing between Boston and New York’s underground electronic music & club scene, she began to further discover her sound. Back in London again, Tatyana imbues her music with both haywire technical proficiency and encyclopaedic, far-flung tastes.
Blending expansive, delicate and deliberate production with influence from the likes of Maurice Fulton’s use of KORG plug-ins, and Elektron synths, like The Knife, her sound originates from a pure love of the dancefloor: Robyn, Tirzah, Mica Levi, Jessy Lanza, LCD Soundsystem, Four Tet. If you listen carefully, you might catch the shimmer of a harp – she’s played classically since she was a little girl! Raised on strictly classic Russian music it’s unsurprising that Tatyana perfected her craft to such a degree that she landed a world tour playing harp with Neneh Cherry, as well as dates with Hatchie, and Hyd too.