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On his fourth full-length, “Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan!”, East Nashville country-to-not-country songwriter Aaron Lee Tasjan is as eager to flesh out the contours of his narrative as the exclamation points imply. Only a month into 2021 and we already have a strong contender for Album of the Year. Just a glorious sound – pop, Americana, psychedelia, it’s a little of everything.

For all of the album’s autobiographical tendencies (often taking shape in references to his bisexuality), Tasjan’s search for meaning is most satisfying when he adopts a hedonistic, albeit good-natured, nihilism. The faster the tempo, the glammier the synth, the brighter the key, the more room for pomp and panache, the more at home Tasjan sounds. This isn’t wholly surprising, given the rhinestone cowboy gallop of 2016’s “Silver Tears” and the enormous hooks trotted out in 2018’s “Karma For Cheap”—the latter’s “If Not Now When” and “The Truth Is So Hard To Believe” paraphrase Oasis in more ways than one.  There are so many gems on this album! Up All Night was the first song birthed into the world, and I was immediately hooked. Aaron Lee Tasjan has reinvented himself previously, and expands into new territory yet again with sounds both novel and familiar.

Tasjan nails it on “Don’t Overthink It,” with its meaty bass, gossamer guitar line, and matter-of-fact “I know the bad is getting badder/ It doesn’t matter” message. He adopts a similar approach on lead single “Up All Night,” shot through with ‘80s Springsteen optimism and devil-may-care sparkle: “Broke up with my boyfriend/ To go out with my girlfriend/ Because love is like, love is like, love is like that.” So it is.

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If the neon car he drives through the galaxy in the video for “Computer of Love” is any indication, Tasjan isn’t especially self-serious. But he’s susceptible to the self-titled trap of needing capital-S something to capital-S say. The album finishes with a trio of meandering ballads that feel meant to offer some positive personal resolution. “Now You Know,” the best of the three, manages a deft minor-key change with the old school tremolo of an electric organ. But Tasjan is at his best when he throws his hands up in gleeful and messy resignation, the kind of mentality befitting an album with this many exclamation points built in. 

All songs written by Aaron Lee Tasjan

Released February 5th, 2021

Instruments & vocals by:
Aaron Lee Tasjan, 
Tommy Scifres,
Dylan Sevey.
Gregory Lattimer,
Keith Christopher,
Fred Eltringham,
Josh Kaler,
Devon Ashley,
Dom Billet,
Jon Radford,
Matt Rowlands,

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The songwriter plays two tracks from his recently released album “Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan!” outside East Nashville’s Basement East. He was back at the Basement East recently, where the talented songwriter and guitarist delivered acoustic renditions of two new originals that appeared on his recently-released Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan! studio album outside the East Nashville venue.

The outdoor acoustic performances of “Computer of Love” and “Now You Know” were filmed for FLOOD Magazine‘s Neighborhoods series. Throughout the solo performance, Tasjan added his own makeshift percussion sounds with his mouth in addition to handling vocal duties.

The Basement East was severely damaged by the tornadoes that swept through East Nashville in early March 2020, when at least 40 buildings located around the city reportedly collapsed and at least two people were killed.

Watch Tasjan’s acoustic performances of “Computer of Love” and “Now You Know” 

Aaron Lee Tasjan, aka ALT, is a songwriter and guitarist and performer. I’d stay away from him if I were you. Big trouble. It’s tough to take Aaron Lee Tasjan seriously when he calls himself a folk singer. Though the shaggy-haired, 30-year-old Nashville transplant is perfectly capable of quieting a room with storytelling songs and acoustic fingerpicking, there’s a whole lot of other music in his repertoire—not to mention on his resume. His incisive electric guitar playing landed him prime glam rock gigs, first with Semi Precious Weapons, then a latter-day line-up of the proto-punk New York Dolls—both far better known for the flaunting of fabulous rock ‘n’ roll androgyny than for anything remotely folk-leaning.

He also secured a spot in the hard-edged roots rock outfit Drivin’ N Cryin’. The solo work that Tasjan’s committed himself to since—including his magnetic New West Records debut Silver Tears—makes use of his slouching self-awareness, bohemian intellect and wicked wit, as well as his fondness for psychedelic eruptions, sophisticated studio pop flourishes and easy twang. He’s wagering that the Americana scene, no matter its traditionalist rep, has room for such motley impulses. We’re excited to announce the new Aaron Lee Tasjan album, Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan!, is on its way! The fourth full-length album from the enigmatic Nashville songwriter will be released February 5th, 2021. 

The debut single from the album, “Up All Night,”  is equal parts alternative pop and glam rock stomp. 

Releases February 5th, 2021