Nashville based and Seattle born singer, producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Shane Tutmarc unveils his debut album from his new project Solar Twin out digitally on October 11 and on vinyl November 11. The Solar Twin journey began as Shane was grieving the loss of his best friend, who went ahead to the other side in June of 2015 and far too soon at the age of 31. Initially Tutmarc dealt with the loss submerging his pain with heavy drugs and alcohol, but the path only grew darker. After six months with still no relief from his sorrow, and thoughts of possibly joining his friend on the other side, he finally found solace in creating new music.
Solar Twin was born in 2016, Shane refers to it as the “life raft I needed to redirect my pain.” He began writing, recording and creating songs. Every few months Shane has released a new song as an appetizer to the release of the full-length album Pink Noise, “One of the reasons I chose that title is because Pink Noise is supposed to be a healing, regenerative sound” explains Shane.
If you listen closely you may hear familiar elements from his early days in Seattle with bands such as Dolour and United State of Electronica. With Solar Twin, this prolific artist has redefined the poetry of his songwriting, creating a worldly and eclectic aesthetic where beauty and darkness often trade punches from line to line.
With the songwriting chops he’s developed over a decade as a solo artist. Solar Twin’s first two singles introduced an idea of the scope of the sound Tutmarc is bringing to the table. Slow Motion combined R&B and hip-hop grooves, with baroque pop arrangements. Next, Black Sky Revisited (released in December 2016) felt more like a hard rock version of Daft Punk, with vocoder vocals, heavy guitars, and a Beatle-esque feel. The third single, The Big Sleep (released in May 2017) was penned specifically for the closing credits of a documentary that focuses on the heroin epidemic on Seattle’s streets. The song marries Solar Twin’s signature dreamy sound with lyrics of dependence and addiction, in a way that is both personal to Tutmarc and universal to any listener.
“The upcoming Solar Twin album to me represents a rebirth. After 10 years of following my muse down a more dusty, American roots path, this is a project that feels like complete freedom. I was tired of relying on other people to help me realize my ambitions, so I put together a home studio and started doing everything myself. I brought in a few friends along the way (including Matthew Hopes of Relient K who played guitar on a few of the songs), but this is mostly just a personal vision of music with endless possibilities. Melodic, dark, introspective, moody, and at times very catchy. I tried to combine all my favorite things about music and production and songwriting into one album. It’s an album that was challenging in all the right ways, I’m really proud of the result, and can’t wait to share it with everyone.” – says Tutmarc
On Solar Twin’s upcoming album debut the songs are many things—a protest, a rally cry, a kind of musical film noir filled with life, pain, hope, healing and love.