High Tides make beach music for a beach that has been extracted from a 1980’s VHS with the colour balance a little off: big synth haze and booming drum machines, occasionally down-pitching into a darkness. Turns out to be a pretty strong aesthetic. CD comes with ‘coconut-scented air freshener’ too!
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7/10 Laurie Staff review, 24 September 2015
Hazy afterimages of beaches festoon the cover of High Tides’ eponymous debut album, the result of an ongoing collaboration that began in 2011 as an aside to the “sleazy” The Red Falcon Projects. Yes, there is very little acid present here.
The album as a whole is sort of like fondly nursing some sunburn. Wavy synths gush torrents of chill over basic, classic downtempo beats, occasionally joined by some dreamy shoegazish vocals that’d make Ian slap himself with pleasure. It’s all pretty 80s, all Casiotone and ramshackle, as if pieced together from cassette tape that’s been on the floor for years.
While the oozy, shining aspect is reminiscent of Tycho, the haziness of the synth sound is very Boards of Canada, indeed, the cover instantly jolts the mind back to Tomorrow’s Harvest, but the general positivity (and lack of real spook) wrenches the mind away from that. They certainly do owe a lot to the Scots though, without hitting this obvious point too much. I definitely have. See Concretism’s Town Planning for more. Is it fair to compare everything with oozy-woozy synths to BoC?
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