Tracy Chow

Tracy Chow

Tallahassee, Florida, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | INDIE

Tallahassee, Florida, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2010
Solo Alternative Instrumental


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"Tracy Chow ambient reviews:"

“superb, subtle, gentle instrumentals - never been on a monorail - but already, on this 2nd listen, it's love !!!” - Pyongyang Plastics

"You feel immediately calm when you discover this music. It’s ambient music, but this branches out into a whole new atmosphere. It has dark tinges. It has light touches. It has conventional guitars. It has great warmth. It has my admiration.”
- Succinct Music

"I am at the beginning of discovering both her solo music and that of the band, but I was instantly hooked by the warm atmospheric sounds and looking forward to a deeper dive.”
- Stationary Travels -

"Top 10 Songs of the Summer"

It's been a crazy summer. There was the good (South Africa hosts the World Cup), the bad (record high temperatures) and the ugly (the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico). Amid it all, there was a soundtrack to the season. Fall is on the horizon, but these 10 summer jams will help you soak up the rays of summer just a little bit longer.

1). "Boyfriend," "Summer Mood," by Best Coast — Best Coast is so summer, it hurts. What makes the trio of Bethany Cosentino, Bobb Bruno and Ali Koehler so wonderful is that they recall so many different eras of summer — the airy, trebled-out Beach Boys-esque sound of the '60s, soaring Cure guitar riffs of the '80s and Cosentino's precious vocals that recall '50s doo-wop. Play it while cruising slow with the windows up.

2). "California Gurls," by Katy Perry (featuring Snoop Dogg) — I sometimes wonder if Katy Perry and Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino aren't actually the same girlish flirt, turned inside out like a cute, reversible bikini. One's a little sullen but still hanging in there, the other is ever playful and jaunty. Perry's "California Gurls" is the populist winner of the Summer Jam of 2010 by a landslide. It's not an update of the classic Beach Boys tune but Brian Wilson did praise the song in a Los Angeles Times story, saying, "I love her vocal. She sounds very clear and energetic." Play it anywhere and everywhere possible while there's still some summer left. Go, do it, now!

3). "BMF (Blowin' Money Fast)," by Rick Ross (featuring Styles P) — Every summer, Rick Ross puts out club-banger after club-banger and each is better than its predecessor. The sheer sound — the bass drum, synthesizer and horns — can only be described as leviathan. Ross has a swagger and charisma as big as his beats, and he's so quintessentially Miami. It's hard to top Ross' verse on the Florida all-star track "I'm So Hood" (featuring Tallahassee's own T-Pain on the hook), but "BMF" is better. Play it late at night when you're on your way to the club. When you play it, crank up the subwoofers and let that bass rattle your trunk. Haters gonna hate.

4). "Laredo" or "Dilly," by Band of Horses — What could be more American this heat-drenched summer than embracing that desert feel and letting Band of Horses put you in a cow-rustlin' head space? "Laredo" is the kind of foot-stomping rocker Neil Young and Crazy Horse would be making today if they were still together … and 40 years younger. "Dilly" is it's soul cousin. Vocalist/guitarist Ben Bridwell's beefy, distorted guitar on both songs evokes the infinite skies and infinite possibilities of the wide-open West. Play "Laredo" and scream along to the lyric "I'm at a crossroads with myself, I don't got no one else" on your solo cross-country summer road trip, when the shade disappears and the landscape looks the same for miles.

5). "Drunk Girls" or "Dance Yrself Clean," by LCD Soundsystem — "Drunk Girls," while not the best track from bandleader James Murphy's stellar new album, "This Is Happening," is definitely it's most boozy and party-friendly. "Dance Yrself Clean," on the other hand, is an example of Murphy holding you prisoner in his groove, forcing you to cut loose at the 3 minute mark, when you are required by law to crank your stereo as loud as possible at "the good part." Play it at your end-of-summer pool party and run game on the cool chick that says she "love(s) this sooooong..."

6). "Emerald Coast," by Fantome — The first single and final track off the local shoegaze act's "Bare Mythology" has an interesting story behind it. Guitarist Tracy Hornbein and mysterious auxiliary fifth member and producer Chan, a married couple, found a small toy piano while walking along the Gulf shore beaches. When news broke of Deepwater Horizon, the two of them were inspired to compose this maudlin instrumental featuring a killer synth line on top of a melody played by the very toy piano they found. Some might find it a sad elegy for a Gulf Coast that will never be the same. I like to think its a hopeful ode that one day things will go back to how they were and that nature, like a child, abides. Listen to it on your iPod when you feel quiet and contemplative, ideally standing on the shores of a Franklin County beach with the salty breeze blowing on your face, thinking about our coast's place in the world.

7). "Xxxo" or "Steppin' Up," by M.I.A. — For the always-controversial, edgy and political M.I.A., "Xxxo" is a fairly by-the-numbers song. She follows all the steps — sing a catchy hook and make it sexy, make hip pop-culture references, bang it at the clubs, and put out a remix with Jay-Z doing a guest verse. "Steppin' Up" has no such formula. It's menacing and full of sub-bass that M.I.A. has borrowed from the thriving U.K. dubstep scene, a rapidly evolving, very young subgenre of electronic music that has dry, textured, clicking beats and bass lines that would make American rap producers blush. British-Tamil multi-cultural polymath Maya Arulpragasam always saves these wall-rattling jams for summer. Play them on the best sound system you can find and dance wildly around your air-conditioned bedroom.

8). "Kids," by Sleigh Bells — Really, any song from the Sleigh Bells album "Treats" would do for a great summer jam. But "Kids" is pitch-perfectly bratty and evokes the perfect hipster summer beach getaway — Rayban Wayfarers, beach chairs, blonde hair, Kool-Aid and, why not, V-necks and asymmetrical hairstyles. The duo of vocalist Alexis Krauss and producer Derek Miller was the toast of Indie Hipster Big City America this summer and beyond, all the way from South by Southwest to Coachella. Play "Kids" on your way to the beach and impress your cool friends.

9). "Holiday," by Vampire Weekend — The third single off Vampire Weekend's wonderful sophomore release, "Contra," is easily the breeziest song on this list. It's also it's shortest, clocking in at a little over 2 minutes. But what it lacks in length, it more than makes up for with its insanely catchy chorus. Play it on repeat and give in to its ear worm of a hook on the laziest summer days, when your air conditioning is broken and your only goal is trying not to sweat too much.

10). "Wavin' Flag," by K'Naan — For me, the World Cup in South Africa was the huge event that defined the summer. It was joyous to see the whole world come together so close to the cradle of civilization. Of course, even on television you couldn't hear much over the blaring drone of vuvuzelas. But chances are you caught the rapturous chorus of Somali rapper K'Naan's "Wavin' Flag" — "When I get older/I will be stronger/They'll call me freedom/Just like a wavin' flag." The song isn't quite as big in America as it is in other countries (it went triple platinum in the rapper's adopted home of Canada and has been translated into several different languages), but K'Naan's making a solid run at American stardom as a Bob Marley or Manu Chao type of figure. Play it when you want to pump your fist and chant along with one of the summer's most killer choruses.
- Limelight Magazine 8/20/10


Book of the Chow Chow - "and then we were skyward" 2014
Tracy Chow - "Music for Monorails" 2014
Tracy Chow - "Eero" 2014

All albums available on iTunes and Bandcamp.



Tracy Horenbein has music in her bloodlines. Her grandfather played in a dixieland jazz band, her uncle played drums with Charlie Parker, and her mother was a jazz singer. Tracy grew up in a home filled with the golden era jazz that her parents loved. 

While still in her teens, Tracy began paving her own musical path by starting her first band. Gothic Playground was a punk band that toured, released a full-length album, several cassettes, and shared the stage with legendary bands Bad Brains and Flaming Lips.

Tracy has continued to play music alongside many artists of various genres. She created the Florida-based music collective Book of the Chow Chow with several friends, and currently creates solo music under the moniker Tracy Chow. She is a multi-instrumentalist who writes, records, produces, and publishes music for video, television, and film. Her publishing affiliation is BMI.

Tracy and her producer/engineer husband Chan run the recording studio Komplex, located in a shire in North Florda. The duo also release music as Leftenant. When not making music, she enjoys rescuing animals and playing with swords.