Blue Tofu is Andrea Mathews (voice and lyrics)
and Tim Story (instruments and music). Formed in 1997, the pair released their first album Blue Tofu in 2001. Keyboard magazine called it "a cd that takes pop music in a genuinely fresh direction... The music itself defies pigeonholing." Twelve years later, that album was named by The Absolute Sound magazine as one of the best 40 albums of the last 40 years, raving "their music is at once lyric and unflinchingly honest, with an all-to-rare (nowadays) feeling of life lived rather than romanticized... It never fails to bring down the house."
The second album Our Room was released on Oct. 1, 2013. Years in the making, Andrea and Tim cook up a rich, brooding, utterly compelling followup to their acclaimed debut. Story's dark, immersive grooves and Mathews' haunting and seductive vocals conjure up a world of devastated relationships and defiant hope. Balancing the angelic with the raw, Andrea's lyrics can tease with innocence or rip with scathing precision. By turns fragile, theatrical, ravishing and ravished, when in 'Lit Up' she whispers "you're gonna love me til you die" you're not sure if it's promise or threat. Story's swirling downtempo soundscape is equally hard to pin down - slow retro organ riffs are punctured by hyperactive drum fills; a stately acoustic cello trades lines with a slab of overdriven electronica. A vulnerable confession turns into an infectious sax-fueled uber-ballad in the album's rousing closer "Lorain". Like the album's cover art -an utterly decayed ruin of a room, rendered in sumptuous near-surreal colors - Our Room finds beauty in unlikely places, and a bit of grime in even the sunniest. Flirting with styles and references that span decades, it remains beholden to none. Rich in nuance and texture, bracingly candid, and surprisingly hooky, "Our Room" may be a little unsettling in its dimly lit corners, but it's surely a captivating place to explore...
Andrea Mathews is the 'smoldering' (Washington Post) voice and pens the band's 'unusually intelligent' (Absolute Sound) lyrics.
Tim Story is the Grammy-nominated instrumental half of the duo, providing Blue Tofu's 'astonishingly deep' (Absolute Sound) grooves, and arrangements that 'grow like orchids' (Keyboard).
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