“Dream-pop visionaries” Tourists have been causing quite a stir with their latest single, “Quiet Room.” The track has already drawn the attention of top indie tastemakers and was played on Huw Stephens’ BBC Radio 1 show. We asked them to choose some songs that have influenced them – Here’s what they came up with…
You can check out the full playlist after the jump or stream it in its entirety here.
The Horrors – “Still Life”
The swirling reversed instruments leave you in a comatose like state as you try to “wake up.”
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – “Fright Night”
Such a cool dark song. It’s like a retro nightmare.
Air – “How Does It Make You Feel”
This song always makes me think of some mystical, dream-like near-death experience. The vocoded speech is like existential entities welcoming someone as they cross over into this other spiritual realm – “I’m feeling very warm right now, please don’t disappear; At night I will protect you in your dreams, I will be your angel; I wish you exist to live on my planet.”
Warpaint – “Warpaint”
Enough driving and intricate melodies and guitar riffs to get totally lost in.
Tamaryn – “I’m Gone.”
I absolutely love the dreamy guitars and vocals. Shoegaze at it’s best.
Tame Impala – “The Moment”
My favourite song at the moment (… see what I did there). For a band to do this live is incredible. Very impressive.
Beach House – “Astronaut”
A lo-fi lullaby
Air – “Kelly Watch The Stars”
It’s like floating around on a galactic trip. The descending synth organ towards the end feels like you’re spinning back down to earth or back into consciousness.
Washed Out – “Paracosm”
I love the combination of the dreamy, echoing vocals and lush arpeggios panning across back and forth. Washed Out is always my go-to for chilled, bed-time music.
HTRK – “Rentboy”
It’s just got such a good flow this track. The lumbering bass and crazy guitar riffs, that with haunting vocals make this song a dreamy beaut.
The Smiths – “How Soon Is Now”
I find myself entrapped, shoe-gazing at this.
Blonde Redhead – “23”
It takes you on a non-stop journey of driving, dreamy bliss.
Melody’s Echo Chamber – “You Won’t Be Missing That Part Of Me”
This video is what dreams should look like. Hazy summer evening, beautiful girl, shimmering, kaleidoscopic colours. I love the layers of soft, bubbly synth and soothing vocals – If only Melody could sing me to sleep every night.
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – “The River”
The drums are so groovy, and I love the almost lazy guitars. You can get lost in this song… Just watch the video.
Joy Division – “Atmosphere”
The drums feels like your heart pounding in the silence. It takes you on an emotive journey of sadness and hope.
A blend of intricate guitar melodies, curvy art-funk bass lines and 80’s synth leads, Tourists encapsulate modern post-punk revivalism with a melodic, psychedelic spin. The band have built on recent success in 2016 following the release of single “Cut and Run” in April. With support from BBC Radio 1 and BBC Introducing, the track soon landed in Spotify’s Global Viral 50 chart, topping 270,000 plays in it’s first three weeks. Tourists were then invited to play a live showcase for BBC Radio 1 in May, as part of the build up to Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Exeter.
Tourists will be playing shows throughout the summer. To see them live, you can buy concert tickets here.
The band is currently working on their debut album, so be on the lookout for that! To hear more from Tourists, you can purchase their previously released music, as well as their brand new single, here.