The new self-titled release Tailfin by Tailfin is really fun. It is immediately nostalgic from the beginning tune “Lightstream.” The jangle pop influence really shines through these tunes creating an upbeat juxtaposition to the actual melancholy quality of the lyrics. The instrumentation is simple but that is what is needed.
Personally I would much rather a simple to the pocket musical arrangement; nothing is forced because there is necessity to the instrumentation. There is a great sort of shout out to artists like Elliot Smith and The Smiths in terms of sonic direction. The best part is that it is still original while reminding us where this sort of drive is derived from.
The song “Indigo” is still stuck in my head while I type this review. There is something so hypnotic and purely beautiful about this song, it really speaks to me in so many ways. The lyricism is quite poetic and really fuels the imagination story wise.
Meanwhile the musical arrangement is light but ever present throughout the songs entirety. “Scrape” has that real nice upbeat indie-shoegaze feel. I really get a Beach Fossils vibe from this song in particular.
This album was a stand out to me. I really enjoyed it and it hit home sonically. On top of the great songwriting the production is really fantastic considering it was a one-man effort in the lead singer’s father’s basement of all places. I love their drive to create and this album does not disappoint, so go give it a listen and just relax to the hypnotic trance you’ll be transformed into.
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