Date: Tuesday, 10/25
Show: 8:30 pm
Doors: 7:30 pm
A review of The Tyde's 2003 release Twice:
Both more accessible and more original than fellow Los Angeles canyons-and-beaches celebrants Beachwood Sparks, with whom it shares members, the Tyde weave shimmering guitars and keyboards, moderate tempos, and languid vocals into a sonic evocation of Southern California's disappearing open spaces and eternal gentle breezes.
While Beachwood Sparks' transparent Buffalo Springfield/ Byrds/Gram Parsons aspirations led them down a creative dead end when their songwriting and vocal limitations kept their role models beyond their reach, the Tyde's less obvious inspirations, which include Lloyd Cole and the Commotions and '80s British cult band Felt, give it more freedom to stake out its own small piece of the pop landscape.
Rademaker's insular lyrics are both self-referential and ambiguous, but the full yet unfussy production wraps them in a tattered, wide-screen grandeur. His songs amount to vague dispatches from inside an underground L.A. pop scene that exists in the shadow of the media empire that it neither courts nor has any expectation of cracking. The satisfaction of creating something as good as Twice is apparently reward enough.
--Baltimore City Paper
Added by porcupiny on September 24, 2005