New York-based sound engineer turned musician Tanners (aka Tanner Peterson) explores the cosmos on “Venus”.
Drawing inspiration from nature and the elements seems to be a winning approach for Tanners, who has shot from a deep aqueous dive on her debut single “Holy Water”, to a stratospheric ode to the stars on new single “Venus”.
The track was born after Peterson returned from a two-month trip to South East Asia, where she found a new hobby while sleeping on the beach: “In Asia at night the sky was jet black, with some practice, I got pretty good at identifying stars and planets and it kind of became my party trick. Venus was the earliest to rise and was also the brightest point in the sky, so it became my reference point throughout my trip.”
“Venus” showcases Peterson's mastery for dream-like psych-pop, with explosive anthemic hooks, cosmic 80s synths and funk-fuelled basslines.
The shift Tanners faced on her return from Asia to a bustling New York also influenced the record, with “dramatic mood-shifts from the verse to the chorus which mirrored a lot of what I was feeling at the time; a massive comedown and a bright afterglow.” While she was travelling, she made the stark discovery that "you can't run away from depression and anxiety, even in paradise."
Before making the jump to being an artist, Tanners originally produced other artists' records after studying Music Technology at NYU (she co-produced “Venus” with Mike MacAllister, with legendary Mandy Parnell mastering the track) She proudly champions other women taking on the production of their releases, and uses her skills to teach classes to fledgling music producers.