All We Will Become

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tom150 artwork

All We Will Become


Release 20/05/2016

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Misha is multi-instrumentalist/writer/producer John Chao (lap steel, violin, guitar, accordion, others) with a small set of friends (Ronit Granot, Amy Vachal.)

Called “Band to Watch” by Stereogum, featured on MTV, and selected as “Best New Track” by Pitchfork for debut Teardrop Sweetheart, All We Will Become is Misha’s second album and relaunch for Tomlab.

Written after the end of a long creative and romantic partnership, All We Will Become is a pop album about love in its many incarnations through our lives, from start to end - of rapturously falling head over heels, of togetherness, of loss and grief, and the beauty that comes after.  

Recorded in NYC, Tokyo, and Texas, All We Will Become draws upon the influences of Chao’s upbringing - the celebratory and elegiac sounds of New Orleans in “Elater”, 70’s Bollywood of RD Burman in “You”, classical coda in “In Reverse”, Tx high school drum corps of “Optical”, and lineage of Richard Thompson and Neil Finn, juxtaposed with modern production - to create pop songs that look forward, yet are grounded in specific sense of place & tradition.

Informed by Buddhism, the concept of reincarnation plays a significant role in the album thematically and sonically.  Like love, All We Will Become attempts to create something unexpected and unique from universal sensation, of familiar with the unfamiliar, like something long lost and newly discovered.

All We Will Become is filled with pop anthems and the correlating triumphant choruses that come with them…A unique sound while still fitting nicely into modern pop’s grasp. It sounds like the musical equivalence of youth and the accompanying awe at the world.
— PopMatters
Raised in Texas, seasoned in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Germany, Chao developed a polyglot palette as hungry for tejano and norteño as it is Reich and Glass and Beyoncé and Autre Ne Veut. The dude has range.
— Flood
  1. This is How it Must Begin
  2. You
  3. We’re Gonna Have it Out (Modern Love)
  4. Limelight
  5. Optical Illusion of the Heart
  6. Elater
  7. Nightshades
  8. In Reverse
  9. Blood is Hard Enough
  10. Everywhere and Everything
  11. Lion Bark (Luminous)
  12. Chartres