Once in a while we have those bands that have been in the limelight for a few years, others are one hit wonders, and there are one’s that we have never heard before because the market of the said genre is not that well known yet in the local music industry.
While we have your old bands reuniting, teeny boppers singing revival songs, there are also those acts that we can consider a gem. Rare, raw, exciting and something against the flow.
Tide / Edit has been around in the music industry not that long but boy, their type of music is something refreshing and new to the listeners. Postrock or Mathrock is not that well known yet here but thanks to the different bands that are in the same genre (Toe, Enemies, Te’ Explosions in the sky and Mouse on the keys) it’s getting more known nowadays. And have to say, Tide / Edit’s uniqueness got me into them.
Their latest offering Foreign Languages is no question one of the must have albums of 2014. Although the have earlier releases already (got the Ideas EP, digital release of Foreign Languages and their earlier recordings via bandcamp) and i have to say all of them are superb releases.
Let’s start dissecting the album:
The physical album (which i believe on the album launch has 100 physical copies while on the second run, ran only on a limited quantity) looks nice, great and well done. why?
Thus the physical copy concept is unique and cool.
Now, on to the tracks. There are 12 tracks on the album (well 2 are somewhat fillers) and they are listed as below:
1. Ten - Nice track to open up the album. Not that faced paced but catchy enough to be stucked in your head for quite sometime. Liked the crunchy sound of the telecaster on this track. Drums get a bit heavier on the middle part but it’s a good setup for the last part of the song.
2. Always Right, Never left – Something fast-paced from the band. The bass stands out from this track.
3. Another Yes - Yes, another fast paced track from the album. This time showcasing the drummer’s ability to do some rolls and fill in the whole track.
4. Dog Years – At the first part of the song, i though, is this something like a shoegaze track from the band? Then as the song progressed, in my opinion, yes it can be a shoegaze track but with Mathrock elements.
5. Was it a cat i saw? - One of the filler tracks of the album. This one is done using an acoustic guitar. Unplugged and soothing.
6. Odd & Even – This is one of the tracks that i personally liked in the album. Why i say that? Because i liked the progression of the overall song. It starts out slow, then after the 1:15 mark, everything starts to get fast and the instruments pick up the pace until it goes to the end of the song. Oh and did i mention that they did some nice ending riffs on this track?
7. Nicholas - An upbeat song that starts with claps and then goes into the instruments. Then that again, crunchy riff at the middle part combined with the lead guitar, groovy bass and shuffling drums, this is also one of the tracks i personally liked in the album.
8. I’m angry too - Well for starters the track sounds soft right? well, until you get to the middle part, it get’s angry… then soft again…. then angry again on the ending part.
9. Technicolor – Dance as the band would say. They would like you to get up on your feet and dance!
10. Haiyan - Titled probably after the typhoon that wreaked havoc on the Philippines (local name Yolanda) this is one of the softer tracks emphasizing the calmness yet strong attack on the drums, reminding the listeners that no matter how calm it can be, it can be strong on the inside.
11. Was it a rat i saw? – The other filler track of the album. Also in acoustic guitar approach.
12. Northernmost - The last track in the album and probably in my opinion, the toe inspired track of them in the album. If you are not familiar with what band im saying, please do yourself a a favor and listen to Toe. It sounds like one of their track but i won’t mentioned what it is. Nevertheless, it has that Tide / Edit feel into it thus it makes it more different approach and for that, good job guys!
Overall, Foreign Languages is one of those albums that is considered a gem in the local music industry. Thanks to these guys, they are giving out a breath of fresh air from the common tunes that we are currently listening to nowadays while at the same time, introduces the listeners that in order to make a song, you don’t need to make lyrics, just listen, have fun playing and enjoy.
I’ll give a 5 out of 5 for this album.
Foreign Languages as well as other tide / edit albums are available at their bandcamp page. Yo can also buy it on iTunes and Amazon as well as stream it on Spotify.
Next up: looking forward to get my hands on the following albums by end of year:
- Purplechickens – Halang
- Peso Movement – The Gentle sound of chaos (already pre-ordered it, have the digital tracks, waiting for the physical copy)
- Halik Ni Gringo – The call of Booty
- Radioactive Sago Project – ang itlog at ang demonyo
- Stereodeal – Singularity (not sure about the title but this has been popping in their pages recently)