It was over a year ago when we last heard from our fave British duo The Ting Tings, Katie White and Jules de Martino — they stopped off in San Francisco long enough to play us most of their sophomore set on de Martino’s MacBook.
And it was a truly eclectic, almost chameleon-esque album, with the band sounding different on every song and only one track, the bubbly “Guggenheim,” retaining their definitive “That’s Not My Name” effervescence.
To get off the English music-scene grid, they’d even relocated to cold, forbidding Berlin to give themselves a fresh outlook. Then? Nothing. The album never materialized.
Now, The Ting Tings are back. For real.
They’ve since moved to Spain, scrapped most of the German sessions (save “Guggenheim” and a couple of others) and have two new tracks/videos posted on their website, a dreamy “Silence” and a “Shut Up And Let Me Go” neoclassic called “Hang It Up.” Both are featured on their upcoming “Sounds From Nowhereseville,” hitting shelves in February.
According to White, the duo wanted to return to that same sharp edginess of their 2008 “We Started Nothing” debut, an approach that proved off-putting to some, addictive to most others.
Welcome back from the sophomore-jinx wilderness, guys!