Brooklyn artist Tuarrah releases "Palimpsest," the third single from an upcoming release "Lying on Our Backs," due out in February 2020. This delicate and ethereal track explores the idea of finding beauty in the intimate moments we all share with one another, and leverages natural-world images as a reflection of that dynamic.
Palimpsest was written after a long afternoon spent admiring paintings at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Tuarrah became fascinated by the idea that mistakes sometimes remain visible in paintings, as a factor of the medium rather than the choice of the artist. Often we cannot erase past mistakes, and in some cases they go on to illuminate hidden aspects of who we are. An expressive vocal performance from Tuarrah singer Julia Easterlin adorns the intimate sound design that arrives courtesy of Charlie Van Kirk and Christopher Marion, who bonded at first over a mutual admiration for the music of D’Angelo, Radiohead and Björk as well as the paintings of James Whistler and John Singer Sargent. "Palimpsest" is informed by an artistic temperament that feels at once both poetic and understated, ranging from single notes on acoustic piano over a deliciously subtle beat, to a delicate accompaniment that is steeped in poise and melodic restraint. The chorus bursts with emotional catharsis, as we observe both the arbitrary hand of inspiration, and the savage invariance of historical record.