“Definitely one of those tracks you can sit back and close your eyes to.” —Julie Adenuga, Beats 1

“Tora is a quartet out of Australia's Byron Bay, and they're coming in hot.” —Pigeons & Planes

“If you haven't heard of Tora yet, you're about to be obsessed.” —Sweet

“When I first heard indie-electronic band Tora’s newest song, ‘Empyrean,’ I immediately felt like I was living on a different planet.” —Baeble

Breakout Australian band Tora’s debut album, Take A Rest, is out now—stream on Spotify, Apple Music and Soundcloud and purchase on iTunes.

Take A Rest features singles, “Another Case,” “Amsterdam,” “Too Much” and “Empyrean.” The “Another Case” video was directed by Melbourne creative duo Coco and Maximilian and choreographed by Aisha Mary Kuryana. The track has earned spins on triple j, BBC Radio 1 and Beats 1, as well as a spot on Spotify’s “Chill Vibes” playlist. Tora recently performed a live session of their single “Too Much” as part of their “Live Rice Field Session” filmed in Bali—watch here.

Of the Take A Rest, frontman Jo Loewenthal says, “A lot of this album is more upbeat and dancy than anything we've made before, so the title is an encouragement for the listener to forget about their problems for a moment and ‘take a rest’ from their responsibilities while they listen. Making the music was our way of escaping reality and finding a peaceful place, so we hope the listener can find that same place while listening.”

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. The band’s online catalogue now has over 30 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.

For more information, please contact Nicole Hajjar, Reid Kutrow or Carla Sacks at Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000.

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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