The tides could be seen as the filtration system of lakes and oceans. They keep things moving, constantly cycling, and filtering out the dreck and scum and algae to make for a livable ecosystem.In the same way, Jyväskylä, Finland's Fresh Tides is sucking all of the BS out of guitar-centric indie rock to make for a slick, clean, cosmopolitan sound that is both elegant and wild at the same time.
Fresh Tides is inspired by the likes of Tokyo Police Club, Foals, Blood Orange and The Killers. That means you're getting sharp, polished, melodic guitar hooks, dreamy relaxed vocals and levitating beats. The overall feeling is of drinking dreamsicle floats at a disco on the beach at the sunset.
The album opens with "Rome" which is irresistible, infectious indie pop. I think it's safe to say the first time you hear it you will be humming along. The palatable melodies coming from every instrument feels joyous and upbeat. The band continues to impress with "Soothing" which contains the buoyancy of a band like Passion Pit while "Daydreams" has tinges of post-punk.
Theyclose with "Lights" which is arguably the most funky and upbeat song out of the four. Every song on the EP is strong and doesn't display many kinks in the bands armor. That being said it does make you wonder what a full length would sound like and if they have anymore tricks up their sleeve.
Fresh Tides makes a very considered sound. Their bass lines are intricate, the guitars aren't overdone, but are immaculately arranged. This is Indie Rock 3.0 - bands that know what they're trying to do, and exactly how to do it. They know when to get wild (the pyrotechnic fade-out of "Soothing"), but overall, they are as unruffled as virgin silk. A certain anything-goes spirit of exploration and experimentation is the trade-off, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Lord knows there's enough art rock out there. We need bands that can deliver well-written and expertly executed songs.
Fresh Tides do just that on Daydream, and it is a fresh vision indeed. Fresh Tide is a talented bunch.
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