Caramel tones of sophistication ooze from 'Wouldn't Be The Same ft. Keelan Mak', the breathtaking return for Byron Bay's Tora. Premiering on triple j's Good Nights with Bridget Hustwaite, this pairing of intricate vocal motifs and cultivated electronica is the first new music since the band's whirlwind success on debut album Take A Rest last June.
Resonating immediately with the band's creative process, Keelan Mak's lyrical style found a perfect pairing in the organic flow of the Tora four. "It grew from a seed to a tree in one day, building on a verse idea and within six hours we had the majority of what is now the finished song," says Tora vocalist Jo Loewenthal.
Since release, tracks from Take A Rest have received support from respected members of the international music community. Following a coveted album packet spot on triple j and high rotation for single 'Another Case', both Sir Elton John (Beats 1) and Annie Mac (BBC Radio 1) spun tracks on their radio programs and they've now clocked over 40 million streams globally - a massive achievement. Tora toured nationally and as well as the UK/Europe with over 40 album tour shows and sold out sets in Melbourne, Paris and London. They supported Oh Wonder nationally and even found an adoring fan in Resident Evil and Fifth Element star Milla Jovovich. All of this on top of previous spots at Glastonbury, Splendour in the Grass, Reeperbahn (DE), The Great Escape (UK), Best Kept Secret (NL) and over 70 more festival appearances across the globe. It's been a size-able year for these four Byron Bay locals.
This team up with rising electronic smooth-operator Keelan Mak marks the first taste of new material and a fresh flow for the four-piece with even more to come.