Reliant Tom
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Reliant Tom

New York City, NY | Established. Jan 01, 2017

New York City, NY
Established on Jan, 2017
Duo Pop Avant-garde

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Catskill, New York, United States

Catskill, New York, United States

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"NMD Blog- Reliant Tom's EP"

The first time I was in New York I got off the train into Manhattan coming out of Brooklyn and walked up the staircase into the city and it was crazy. It was the fourth of July weekend and the streets were filled to capacity.

It was Union Square and nothing could have prepared me for it, even though I’d been living in Chicago. It was Chicago on steroids. You come up the stairs from below ground and it’s like a storm of nonsense just went off and keeps going off. You lose your manners in a matter of seconds. No one cares to hear excuse me because it’s a mute phrase. Shit is just going on and you make the most of it. No holds barred.

Born out of this mayhem of the city that never sleeps comes the NYC dream pop duo Reliant Tom. The pair are Claire Cuny who sings and Monte Weber. The pair met in New York. At the time Cuny was playing shows as a singer/songwriter as well as working as a dance choreographer and Weber was working on his Masters in music theory and composition at NYU as well as freelancing as a composer and sound artist. Their somberly electronic debut EP quite simply titled Reliant Tom’s EP is comprised of four songs and clocks in at just under twenty minutes.

From their opening track “Poor You” I started to get the feeling quite soon of more recent dream pop acts like LA by way of DC duo Gems, Denmark’s CHINAH, and Portland’s Liz Harris who records under the Moniker Grouper, mostly due to the combination of live recorded instruments fused with electronic elements that sounded of a higher quality than a Casio keyboard run through Garage band.

​The electronic manipulations are present but never over the top and Cuny’s firm yet beautiful vocals pair rather nicely with the blips and bleeps and bits of sonic buildup and feedback. This is especially noticeable on the woozy and electronic elegance of “Flying Ship.” Next on “I Can’t Wait” shuffles along with scraps and scrapes of soft drums and keys and Cuny’s vocals turn more ethereal and drift in and out of Weber’s soundscape. The EP closes with the sunny sounds and syncopated beats of “All the Same.”

As ambient noise pop acts tend to bleed together after a time simply due to the fact that there is only so far one can take the material before an album of it simply sounds like one loop of music even though the lyrics may have changed and the beats are slightly different and the feedback placed in a different spot, after a while you’re not fooling anyone anymore. This is not to say that I don’t enjoy dreamy pop and electronic based bands, I really love them, however I listen to them infrequently. But to speak of Reliant Tom’s EP it is definitely an album I know I’ll find myself revisiting on late nights and early mornings. - Jamie Robash


"Custom Made Music- 6 Albums CMM wants you to know"

This stunning debut from New York based duo Reliant Tom is full of lush atmospheric tones that radiate with undeniable elegance. The four tracks describe an apocalyptic narrative from personal obsolescence to alien abduction to societal matriculation. "Poor You" begins with a sea of experimental sound manipulation that fades into a laid back groove. It's liquid like flow channels elements of 60's soul alongside an array of pulsating synths and subliminal tones. "Flying Ships" keeps things moving with it's cinematic stance highlighted by the hypnotic swagger of vocalist Claire Cuny while "I Can't Wait" is a stunning dose of highly textured experimental pop. Things wind down with the breezy feel of "All The Same" which rounds out this top notch effort in five star fashion and leaves me wanting more. Highly recommended - Dave Allison


"MusicalHeARTBeat Interview with Reliant Tom"

Introducing New York-based Reliant Tom, the avant-pop duet from the minds of Claire Cuny a singer/songwriter and dance choreographer and Monte Weber a commissioned composer and sound artist. The pair met in NYC last year where their juxtaposing musical backgrounds excited one another and the collaboration began. I stumbled across their music recently and immediately was intrigued by their sound as it slightly reminded me of a combination of two of my all time favorites Portishead & Radiohead. You can't help but be fascinated by Weber's sound design and sensibility of composition as well as be captivated by the haunting timbre of Cuny's voice. I got the opportunity to interview this interesting duo where I got to learn more about their music and recently released self titled debut EP which you can read about below: - Melissa Jimenez


"Reliant Tom drops new music video for "Poor You""

Avant-pop duo, Reliant Tom, is nothing if not absolutely striking. The two-piece combines clever instrumentals and cutting edge musical tech with sultry vocals and sharp-tongued lyricism. Last week, the group dropped their latest music video, for "Poor You" a trippy and disorienting display that provides the perfect visual accompaniment to the song's haunting tone and minimalistic sensibilities. Check it out streaming below. -Olivia Sisinni - The Deli Magazine (NYC)


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Appraised to be "full of lush atmospheric tones that radiate with undeniable elegance" (Custom Made Music) paired with the "haunting timbre of Cuny's vocals" (MusicalHeArtBeat) create the unique studio sound that is Reliant Tom.  This avant pop duet's live show incorporates new instruments, wearable technology, and modern dance.                    

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