Teeth and Tongue

Artist bio

Teeth and Tongue - the musical project of New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based Jess Cornelius - has unveiled her new video "Dianne" over at Rookie Mag who've also dived into the concepts and creation of her new album Give Up On Your Health.

Jess returns with her boldest album to date. On the heels of a breakup, Cornelius retired to remote Iceland on a three-month Nes Artist Residency, where she wrote a lot of material like the heartbreaking 'Small Towns'. But after returning to Melbourne, where Cornelius brought the material to the band: guitarist Marc Regueiro-McKelvie, bassist Damian Sullivan and drummer James Harvey; things took a turn. Unlike 2014's more ambient Grids, in which the vocals were textured and layered, here they're dominant over a grid of '70s electronica.

Cornelius has crafted kitchen-sink dramas and relationship vignettes that follow a lineage from Ken Loach through Jarvis Cocker. Even in her darkest hour, Jess can't help but rule with a pop aesthetic.

After storming Australia with her previous album, touring with Courtney Barnett on her 2016 album tour and garnering critical acclaim from the likes of Triple R, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, etc., Teeth & Tongue return with Give Up On Your Health. The album was co-produced by Haima Marriott (Architecture in Helsinki, Banoffee), whose knowledge of vintage synths came in handy when referencing Daft Punk and Giorgio Moroder. It sees its U.S. release this September on Dot Dash / Captured Tracks.