Tempo Bay is a band from Minsk (Belarus) that formed in early 2016 and has been prolific ever since. Their most recent effort is Shouldn't Be Afraid which is a four-song EP that combines elements of funk, rock, disco, pop and electronic.
I thought the songs were somewhere between The xx and Cut Copy. It’s a little hard to pinpoint but the music often combines upbeat rhythms with subdued atmosphere. They open with “Try To Say” and I think the song will be immediately accessible for a lot of people. The synth and beat explode on the verse with a sing-a-long worthy vocal melody. On the verse however the lead vocals are upfront with the bright synths nowhere to be found. The bass and beat however are kicking the entire time. It's a single worthy track that has mass appeal.
Up next is “Hands” which is more melancholy and even haunting. The song opens with guitar and vocals. Once the drums enter the song feels more like a ballad. The vocalist sings falsetto and sounds good doing it. The band does eventually rock out towards the end giving the song a classic alternative ’90s vibe.
“Killer” is a little closer to the opener “Try To Say.” The elements of funk and disco are more apparent on this track. It come sclose to sounding like the funk you have heard from Daft Punk at times.
They close with the down tempo and atmospheric “Windless Place.” The title of the song matches the soundscapes and the vocal melodies and delivery are just about perfect. I also couldn’t help but love the way the funky, clean guitar rises into the mix.
I thought all four of the songs were great. These are songs that are made for a dance floor that I think anyone would happily get down to. Take a listen.
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