Tanukichan announces 'Circles' Releases Single/Video "City Bus"


Tanukichan has announced their EP, Circles, out September 20th via Carpark Records and new US tour dates. The record’s lead single, “City Bus,” is out now, along with a music video directed by Peyton Newcomer.

Tanukichan, the musical project of Oakland, CA’s Hannah van Loon, has been a prominent figure in modern shoegaze music since 2016, when she first collaborated with Chaz Bear of Toro y Moi. Together, they released an EP and two full-length albums under Bear’s Company Records, culminating in 2023’s GIZMO. With her new EP Circles, out September 20th, 2024, via Carpark Records, van Loon ventures into new territory by teaming up with a new producer for the first time – Franco Reid.

The genesis of their partnership dates back to the GIZMO campaign, when Reid noticed van Loon wearing an Incubus shirt in a press photo on Instagram. Intrigued by whether or not van Loon was a genuine fan, he sent her a DM. Their shared musical interest sparked a dialogue that eventually led to the creation of the single “NPC” in 2023. 

Lead single “City Bus,” offers a reflection on van Loon’s childhood bus rides in San Francisco, evoking the stop-and-go rhythm of commuter life through hard-hitting drums and heavy guitar feedback phasing in and out of the mix. Themes of self-reflection and societal belonging permeate the track, echoing van Loon’s ongoing personal journey.

While much of Circles delves into internal struggles, “It Gets Easier” takes on a more celebratory tone as van Loon realizes she’s developed a heightened sense of maturity when dealing with hardship. “It feels easier to let go of situations or people that don’t serve me,” reflects van Loon, “Or if they can’t be avoided, at least I don’t have to dwell on the sadness or discomfort I feel when letting someone down.” Introduced by Reid, nu-gaze sensation Wisp, contributes a verse in her similarly ethereal vocal style.

There is a notable shift on Circles when you consider the first three Tanukichan releases were produced by a pioneer of the chillwave genre. With van Loon’s consistently dreamy songwriting and Reid at the helm, Tanukichan enters new sonic territory that feels larger, arena-ready, and more like a highspeed night drive than the hazy summer dream of its predecessors.


Oct 14 – Washington, DC @ The Atlantis*
Oct 16 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry*
Oct 17 – Boston, MA @ Middle East Downstairs *
Oct 18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
Oct 27 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Atrium at the Catalyst +
Oct 28 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour +
Oct 29 – San Francisco, CA @ Independent +
Oct 31 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater +
Nov 1 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern +

* with Villagerrr
+ with Glixen