While the music from Tuvaband is feather-light and gently embracing, the debut album should leave an indelible mark.The album is appropriately named “Soft Drop.”
Tuvaband often intentionally introduces a touch of roughness and consistently leaves a simplicity on a surface that would otherwise have a purity and a painstakingly acquired finish. The instrumental support is minimalist, while the vocals are moving. The final track on the “Soft Drop” album is a cover of No Doubt’s “I’m Just A Girl.” The lyrics and melody are easily identified, but the interpretation by Tuvaband bears few similarities to the original. Gone are the Rock guitar and driving percussion that carry the Ska influence. Tuvaband replaces them with a reverb-heavy guitar that carries a gentleness. And gone is the rebellious, in-your-face attitude in the delivery by Gwen Stefani. In comparison, the Tuvaband emphasis is on lush vocal texturing.
Wolfpack” is another interesting track from the “Soft Drop” album. The “touch of roughness” is a scratchiness that has the sound of a well-used vinyl version of the song. As with all songs of Tuvaband, the emphasis is on the vocal acrobatics of Tuva Hellum Marschhäuser. A difference is in the presence of a viola. The string instrument adds a layer of mournfulness. The song fits well with the isolation portrayed in its official video.
It appears that Tuvaband is no longer the duo of Tuva Hellum Marschhäuser and Simon Would. The press materials now describe Tuvaband as the solo project of Tuva Hellum Marschhäuser, a Norwegian singer/songwriter and producer from Norway, currently based in Berlin. Still, the album's credits list Simon Would as a contributor.