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Anthonie Tonnon releases 'Leave Love Out Of This', announces album release tour with full band

16 June 2021 - 0 Comments

Anthonie Tonnon has released Leave Love Out Of This, the title track from his upcoming third album Leave Love Out Of This. A nationwide album release tour featuring a full band has also been announced.

Leave Love Out Of This is the third single from the album, and has already proven a favourite at Tonnon’s immersive live shows, such as A Synthesized Universe – where Tonnon performs its epic guitar solo with a Nebula fly-through and a synchronised light show.

Produced with Jonathan Pearce (The Beths), who shares a writing credit on the song, the recorded version features Stuart Harwood on drums, Pearce on synthesisers, and a string quartet led by Charmian Keay and arranged by Matthew Bodman.

Having more recently focused on delivering thematic solo shows like A Synthesized Universe and his yearly Rail Land journeys, in September 2021 Tonnon embarks on an album release tour that expands his onstage line-up to include a full band for the first time since 2018.

The band features Stuart Harwood on hybrid electric/acoustic drums, David Flyger on bass guitar/synthesised bass, Steph Brown (Lips) on synthesisers and samples, and Sam Taylor (Nadia Reid) on electric guitars and percussion.

Tonnon describes the show as, “A celebration and culmination of what we’ve developed through the album process, and through the A Synthesized Universe and Rail Land shows. Like the album, it will be a meeting place between organic and synthesised sound, but it will also be a very physical show. All the electronic drumbeats and sampled parts will have humans playing them on stage, on large surfaces, so we’re often playing with drumsticks and whole hands, rather than just fingers.”

Anthonie Tonnon: Leave Love Out Of This Album Release Tour

Wed, 22 Sep – Sherwood, Queenstown
Thurs, 23 Sep – New New New, Dunedin
Fri, 24 Sep – Cassels Blue Smoke, Christchurch
Fri, 1 Oct – San Fran, Wellington
Sat, 2 Oct – Royal Opera House, Whanganui
Sat, 9 Oct – Hollywood Avondale, Auckland

EARLYBIRD tickets available 9am, Friday 18 June via anthonietonnon.com

Among other stops, the tour visits the grand 122 year-old Royal Opera House in Tonnon’s current base of Whanganui. The Opera House stars in a new music video for Leave Love Out Of This, directed by Karlya Smith and Jenna Todd, with additional editing by the From The Noise Floor team of Renato Lehr, Bob Frisbee, and Fergus Milner.

It follows Tonnon’s videos earlier this year for
Entertainment  and Two Free Hands .

Watch Leave Love Out Of This

Leave Love Out Of This will be released on Friday 16 July on Nadia Reid’s label Slow Time Records (UK/EU/NZ), Misra Records (North America), and Flippin Yeah Records (AUS). The album is available to pre-order now via anthonietonnon.com , slowtimerecords.com and all good record stores. It will be available on vinyl, CD, and as a green vinyl Deluxe Edition LP, with a bonus 7” record.

Tonnon recorded Leave Love Out Of This with longtime collaborator Jonathan Pearce (The Beths) between 2017 and 2020. Tonnon’s practice evolved heavily over that period, and he began incorporating new technologies into his work, including the Wellington-designed Synthstrom Audible Deluge. He also toured extensively, supporting The Chills, The Veils and Nadia Reid, and developing an immersive approach to shows that would first surface as A Synthesized Universe.

On Leave Love Out Of This, Tonnon and Pearce move beyond the 1970s technology that powered Tonnon's second album Successor (2015), and into electronically generated percussion and textures that blur the lines between organic and synthesised sound. Tonnon says the title track started as a standalone piano ballad, but technological experiments for the live show led to the epic 808-based coda and guitar solo.

Jonathan Pearce also produced the Taite Music Prize-nominated Successor, and The Beths’ 2020 Aotearoa Music Awards Album of the Year, Jump Rope Gazers.

Leave Love Out Of This will be the first release on Slow Time Records that is not by the label’s founder, acclaimed Dunedin-born songwriter and performer Nadia Reid.

When announcing the album on her Facebook page in April, Reid said: “Having toured extensively both nationally and internationally with Tono, and being a fan since forever, it’s a perfect fit that he let Slow Time release his album. Every live show I see of Anthonie’s, I witness his craft getting sharper, I believe we share the same musical determination and work ethic and I’ve so loved watching his career grow and his star rise.”

Photo Credit: Belinda Merrie and Daniel Blackball Alexander

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