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Breakout Australian Band Tora Premieres 'Empyrean'

Breakout Australian band Tora's new track, "Empyrean," premieres today via Baeble-listen here. Of the track, Baeble says, "When I first heard indie-electronic band Tora's newest song, I immediately felt like I was living on a different planet. Super smooth synths blaze over minimal percussive details."

Tora will release their debut album Take A Rest on June 9.

Of "Empyrean," frontman Jo Loewenthal says, "Empyrean is a story about the highs and lows of a homeless man in Montreal, who fears the worst when he realizes that winter is coming back. It's one of the more 'dancy' songs from the album, with quite a lot of experimentation in the production elements. Definitely one of the new songs we are most looking forward to performing live."

Tora's previously released singles from Take A Rest include "Too Much," "Another Case" and "Amsterdam." "Another Case" has earned spins on triple j, BBC Radio 1 and Beats 1, as well as a spot on Spotify's "Chill Vibes" playlist. Tora's online catalogue now has over 30 million streams to date.

Inspired while touring Australia, Europe and North America, Tora wrote Take A Rest over a two year period in various locations around the globe. The band composed, recorded, produced and mixed the album in their home studios in Byron Bay, Australia. Tora took a novel approach to recording Take A Rest by incorporating organic sounds heard in guitarist Jai Piccone's garden, including the buzzing of flies, bamboo creaking in the wind and the scraping of cactuses with rakes. Take A Rest was mastered by Grammy nominated engineer Andrei Eremin (Chet Faker, WAFIA, Hiatus Kaiyote).

Tora is a four-piece electronic band made up of Jo Loewenthal (lead vocals, guitar, keys),
Jai Piccone (guitar, keys, vocals), Thorne Davis (drums) and Shaun Johnston (bass guitar).

Growing up as childhood friends, Tora formed in 2013 after its members graduated from high school. The band garnered a global audience after the release of their first two EPs, Intro (2013) and Eat The Sun (2014), which earned them a triple j Unearthed spot at Australia's 2014 Splendour in the Grass festival. Following this success, Tora embarked on international tours and caught the attention of several global tastemakers, including LA producer Galimatias, whose remix of Tora's track "Jaigantic" has over 15 million streams to date. Tora will embark on an international tour later this year, with stops in Australia, Europe and United Kingdom. See the full list of tour dates below. Purchase tickets here.


1. Rudie

2. Another Case

3. Love Life

4. Blame

5. Too Little

6. Too Far

7. Amsterdam

8. Mercury

9. Dope (feat. Sam Lawrence)

10. Entity (feat. Merryn Jeann)

11. Too Much

12. Bridges (feat. Grace Pitts)

13. Want Me Gone

14. Empyrean

15. Take A Rest

June 23 Melbourne, VIC, Australia Howler
June 24 Sydney, NSW, Australia Oxford Art Factory
June 30 Brisbane, QLD, Australia The Brightside
July 1 Byron Bay, NSW, Australia The Northern
July 7 Adelaide, SA, Australia Jive
July 8 Perth, WA, Australia Amplifier Bar
July 9 Fremantle, WA, Australia Mojos
September 22 Dortmund, Germany Das Höchste der Gefühle Festival
September 23 Haldern, Germany Haldern Pop Bar
September 25 Cologne, Germany Gebause 9
September 26 Mainz, Germany Schon Schön
September 27 Stuttgart, Germany Café Galao
September 28 Michelstadt, Germany Unter Holz
September 30 Erfurt, Germany Franz Melhose
October 2 Hamburg, Germany Uebel & Gefahrlich
October 3 Berlin, Germany Ritter Butzka
October 4 Amsterdam, The Netherlands Sugar Factory
October 7 Manchester, United Kingdom Neighbourhood Festival
October 9 London, United Kingdom The Lexington
October 10 Brighton, United Kingdom The Hope & Ruin
October 11 Brussels, Belgium Botanique - Witlof Bar
October 12 Paris, France Pop Up Du Label
October 14 Prague, Czech Republic Chapeau Rouge
October 15 Vienna, Austria B72
October 17 Zurich, Switzerland Exil
October 18 Lausanne, Switzerland Bleu Lezard
October 19 Luzern, Switzerland Neubad
October 20 Nuremberg, Germany Club Stereo
October 21 Basel, Switzerland Paterre
October 22 Munich, Germany Strom
October 23 Leipzig, Germany Neues Schauspiel

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