Oslo-based Tuvaband, comprised of Norwegian singer songwriter Tuva Hellum Marschhäuser and British musician Simon Would, create dreamy sonic worlds. Soaked in reverb, their music has a haunting intimacy.
The duo released their debut double single “Unknown/Running” in 2016 and recently released their new single “Everything We Do Is Wrong” via Diamond Club. The track’s captivating visuals were created by four artists based in The Hague; Marius Mathisrud, Oscar Juul, Lorena Solis Bravo, and Slavonia Petkova.
Tuvaband have drawn us into their world and we can’t wait to keep exploring.
You’ve just been in Austin for SXSW, your first US visit. How was it?
It has been a really strange week. Simon, half of Tuvaband, got his Visa rejected two days before leaving. Signe Eide, that was gonna play keys with us for the first time had to learn how to play all of our songs, but she then got delayed in NY because of a snow storm. There was a lot of different versions of our live shows in Austin. One example was a show I had with a 60 year old keys player from Austin that I met at an afterparty. I had to improvise how to sing my lyrics because he played the songs in a totally different way. There was even a song which I didn’t even recognised. It has all been a little crazy, but a lot of fun! I think I’ve learned more in one week than I have the two years playing shows in Oslo.
What can people expect from your live shows?
The songs have become really dynamic live. Each time we play them they are played differently, depending on the mood and the atmosphere. But no matter how big venue, we believe our shows feels very intimate. This year we've added a live keys player, Anna Linh Berg, which we think makes it sound more interesting.
“Everything We Do Is Wrong” feels like a response to societal paralysis and this constant state of crisis we all seem to be living through now – do you think music can be a tool for uniting individuals?
The same way writing a song can make things feel less heavy, I hope it can do the same to the people listening to a song. And when a song speaks of a certain topic, it would of course be nice that it brings people together, not just erase individuals. The topic of ‘Everything We Do Is Wrong’ is about how the society is built in a way where the daily stuff we do is not sustainable and ethical, and how this feels paralyzing. This is something I wish more people around me would talk about together. Right now, it feels like there is one group preaching, one group judging, and another one just trying to sweep it under the carpet. So, I would be really happy if music can be a tool for uniting individuals.
You’re a British/Norwegian duo; does nationality shape your approach to making music?
We don’t know if it does. But we might be influenced somehow without realising it.
There’s a real sense of intimacy to your records, how much writing do you do together?
The songs are formed in different ways. Originally, I wrote all the songs alone. Now sometimes when Simon jams alone and I’m in the same room, I record it on my phone and sing my lyrics on top of it, like the single ‘(It’s Not About) Running’. Sometimes we improvise together for fun, and then a song is born that way too.
What was the last record you heard that you really loved?
About Face by #1 Dads and Walking On A Pretty Daze by Kurt Vile are the albums I’ve had my hang up on in 2016 and 2017.
What’s next for you?
Now we will focus on finishing the recording of our debut EP, which will be 5 new tracks. There will also be a European wide tour, supporting a few bands, and hopefully some more festivals in the summer.
"Everything We Do Is Wrong" is out now.