Teeth & Tongue (musical project of Australia’s Jess Cornelius) hit us with an unsettling yet captivating new video for “Turn Turn Turn“. Directed by Matt Cribb and Bree Carter, the piece shows subjects jamming foul food into their faces, “really grossly,” Cornelius describes. “The concept was always about the idea of overconsumption – ‘Give me what I want’ – and especially the mindless consumption of things that are low quality, quick and devoid of substance, whether it be food or anything else.” “Turn Turn Turn” debuted via Lenny Letter who also dived into the meanings and making of Teeth & Tongue’s new album ‘Give Up On Your Health‘ which is out now on Dot Dash / Captured Tracks.
After storming Australia with her last album, touring with Courtney Barnett on her 2016 tour and garnering critical acclaim from the likes of Triple R, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, etc., Teeth & Tongue return with Give Up On Your Health. The album was co-produced by Haima Marriott (Architecture in Helsinki, Banoffee), whose knowledge of vintage synths came in handy when referencing Daft Punk and Giorgio Moroder.
New Zealand born and Melbourne-based Teeth & Tongue returns with her boldest album to date. On the heels of a breakup, Cornelius retired to remote Iceland on a three-month Nes Artist Residency, where she wrote a lot of material like the heartbreaking ‘Small Towns’. But after returning to Melbourne, where Cornelius brought the material to the band: guitarist Marc Regueiro-McKelvie, bassist Damian Sullivan and drummer James Harvey; things took a turn. Unlike 2014’s more ambient Grids, in which the vocals were textured and layered, here they’re dominant over a grid of ’70s electronica.
Cornelius has crafted kitchen-sink dramas and relationship vignettes that follow a lineage from Ken Loach through Jarvis Cocker. Even in her darkest hour, Jess can’t help but rule with a pop aesthetic.