“Absolutely stunning work! Of a sound and caliber that sends shivers up my spine… the same spirit as much of My Bloody Valentine’s earlier output but with musical departures more dynamically resembling those of Chapterhouse and Broadcast. Dorothea’s vocal delivery is the icing on the cake. As for her timbre, I recall early Luscious Jackson and Liz Phair, as well as Still Corners, here we see a dynamic that I don’t think I’ve every seen within the same song or even by the same artist. At times her vocals lean closer to MBV’s Bilinda Butcher and at others she sounds like the female version of Kevin Shields” – Big Takeover Magazine
“A spacey and lilting gem that, despite it’s otherworldly and dreamy state, also manages to posses a significant drive and propulsiveness. Washes gently over the listener… Delicately soars with freedom and grace like some kind of regal bird” – Overblown Magazine
“The Tinkerbell of dream-gaze has finally emerged, weaving fantastic spells and treading new ground in the land of fusion-filled frolicking. ‘A Little Closer’ sounds like: MBV meets Tortoise, A Sunny Day in Glasgow” – The Record Stache
“An organic sprawling sound structured within rich precision and detail… Tachler breathes life back into meadows and bicycles from summers past via a whispering lullaby” – WNYC Radio (NYC)
“A liberating musical experience – sometimes dreamy, often playful and always honest” – Koream Magazine
This is the third album from My Favourite Things, founded in Brooklyn by Dorothea Tachler (formerly of Igloo, The Swirlies, Alles Wie Gross). Fans of Beach House, Broadcast, dreampop and shoegaze should enjoy the album’s melancholic swaying, melody-rich offerings. This album should also appeal to lovers of acoustic folk music artists such as James Yorkston and Bonnie “Prince” Billy.
“A Little Closer is about personal growth, the process of a personal evolution… Sometimes our path seems to take many detours, but when we look back, it kind of looks like a straight line,” explains Dorothea Tachler. “In Sci-Fi movies, when the spaceship hits lightning speed, the stars look like lines, too, just in our regular time, we don’t see the straight line. It often feels like, we go 2 steps up, and then one back down again, which feels sometimes like a regression, but we are still further ahead than before. Perhaps its about patience, which is often not easy. but when we are able to let go of an anxious impatience to move ahead faster, we can actually enjoy the ride, like watching the waves that wash something up on the shore, little by little – even when it seems like tiny steps, we are still moving ahead.”
Dorothea wrote and produced all the songs with their many textures, owing to the use of multiple instruments, many of which she also played: violins, flutes and autoharps weave in and out of twinkling glockenspiels, vibraphones and intricate, sometimes shredding guitars, delivered on a solid bed of a grabbing bass and ripping drums, with Dorothea’s balmy voice hovering and twinkling atop.
“I found the phrase “a little closer” synonymous with the feeling of anticipation. This is also self reflective of the band’s anticipation, concurrent in real world / real time application, as they release their new singles, the new album, as they shoot music videos, etc. This video juxtaposes both the shooting of their music video to the recounting of their collective history over the years both on and off the stage – moments in the past that have guided and shaped them now in the present, bringing them a little closer to their dreams,” says videographer Gi Yong Rhee.
From a young age, her Korean/German/Croatian background has immersed her in a diversity of musical influences, which have shaped her. In 2009, she released “rarara” (Afterhours/Japan), followed by “Tomorrow’s Far Away” in 2013, featuring guest vocals from several friends and former band-mates, including Valerie Trebeljahr of Lali Puna, Damon Tutunjan from The Swirlies, Daru Oda (Norah Jones), Sean Meadows (June of 4, Lungfish), and Doug Scharin (Codeine, HIM, Rex).
“Music was my anchor and my lighthouse in stormy and dark nights, and putting my inner turmoil into words really helped me process it better. It was kind of my metamorphosis, being disintegrated like a chrysalis, and being shaped into something new,” explains Tachler.
When performing live, My Favourite Things appear in different formations, ranging from a solo act to a five-piece band, featuring prominent musicians from the buoyant New York scene: Yoshio “Tony” Kobayashi on drums, Yusuke Yamamoto on vibraphone and synthesizers, Michael Figgiani on bass, and various other talents.
The band has played many venues in the unforgiving NYC music circuit, transporting transfixed audiences from their chaotic built-up urban environments to a twilight world of their own favourite things. Last year, My Favourite Things also toured Germany, featuring Notwist frontman Markus Acher on drums, along with other talented and experienced musicians from Germany’s active band scene.