On “Minneapolis," Lætitia Tamko, the multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter behind Vagabon, recalls a frightening flight to the Twin Cities while on an exhausting tour. The track is structured almost like transit—the familiar landscape of the opening, jangling riff dissolves a minute through and is replaced by a turbulent, prog-damaged bridge before re-emerging in part as the basis of a pretty vicious halftime breakdown. Tamko’s voice, crystal clear and measured, serves as the glue of these disjointed components; the internal monologue that chains together places known and unknown in the state of travel. As the plane lands in Minneapolis, Tamko works toward accepting that some palpable sense of self and the homes it inhabited are long gone—even though the relics of those spaces past (Cameroon) and present (New York) still remain.
Minneapolis is the third single from Vagabon’s debut record, Infinite Worlds, due out February 24 via Father/Daughter Records. You can listen to the track below. Vagabond are touring throughout February and early spring to support the record. Tamko will be celebrating the release of Infinite Worlds with a performance in Brooklyn at Baby’s All Right on February 24 with Mal Devisa and Jelani Sei.