Sounds strange, weird, but unmistakably romantic Vol. 1

by springtide

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Springtide is a one-man band located in Tokyo, Japan. According to his Bandcamp page he released an album Sounds strange, weird, but unmistakably romantic but apparently it's a work in progress. He is supposed to be releasing one track per month but I am not sure what the total tracks will be in the end.

His music is instrumental and melds electronic and organic elements. There are different styles and approaches to the songs. Some are more synth based while others seems to rely on a rock band approach.

The album opens with “Distant Thunder, Sunday Morning (Again)” which has a contemporary rock/pop vibe. It starts with an almost constant build of a steady kick drum and jangly guitars. The song begins to get layered with more elements but still feels like it’s building to something, The vocals are low in the mix but sound good. I was reminded of m83 at times towards the end of the song.

“The Introduction (with No Word)” has a unique vibe that has a lot of momentum. Similar to the opening track there is a feeling like it's building somewhere. That being said there are some great breakdowns and crescendos. “Light off / Move on” was the song that really got my attention and I thought was a highlight. He focused more on synths and soundscapes. And it pays off. The band Mogwai with a funkier edge came to mind as weird as that sounds.

Up next is “It was almost 3 a.m. I was looking up at the sky” which is another solid tune with a subdued funky vibe while “Paper lantans in the dusk” bears similarities to groups like Daft Punk and is the most danceable song in the batch. The closer “something is happening by the sea” has a ’70s disco flavor with inventive percussive aspects and post-rock-esque guitar.

​It’s a little bit hard to judge this album considering it might not be done yet. That being said I really liked what I heard and hope to hear more soon.

Dan Weston - Divide and Conquer

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released November 15, 2018

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springtide 東京都, Japan

When I started, I believed I needed a singer, drummer and bassist because I thought my specialty were writing song and playing guitar.
So I was waiting for my BAND, looking for the opportunity for long periods of time.
But suddenly I realized I didn't need to wait for anybody. I could sing my song. It might not be good as I expected, but it would get better. SPRINGTIDE started.
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