In Review: LOWTIDE – LOWTIDE (LOST AND LONESOME, 2014)

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This is music best for watching the world go by. With that in mind though, as passive as shoegaze can be, I’ll be damned if I didn’t feel more motivated to go do something after a good listen. It’s slow music, but it’s far from being idle.

I’m a sucker for music that sucks me in, immerses me. I love something that will knock me flat and won’t let me think of anything else while it plays. It doesn’t have to be loud, it doesn’t have to be fast – it just has to make me feel something, y’know? Like, goddamn, isn’t that what music is for? I enjoy shoegaze, sue me.

Lowtide have made a cracker of a record. I really, really enjoy it. Their self-titled album (released through Lost and Lonesome) comes after lead single, ‘Blue Movie’, let people know what to expect. Crescendo’s, surges, peaks, troughs – if this music was to be laid out topographically you’d see a lot of texture.

Who The Hell’s Annie Toller has pre-emptively singled out every accurate trope for Lowtide and their shoegaze brethren; after listening to the album in full I’d probably add tones of moodiness and happiness in equal parts. I felt an expression of uncertainty (with life? Love? I don’t know yet, leave it with me), bitter-sweet departures, new arrivals and where the mind wanders on lonely nights.

The vocals are peaceful, harmonious – like a lullaby accompanied by cascading sound. This is music best for watching the world go by. With that in mind though, as passive as shoegaze can be, I’ll be damned if I didn’t feel more motivated to go do something after a good listen. It’s slow music, but it’s far from being idle.

I’ll sound like a wanker saying this, but I felt like I travelled with this record. This album drives towards the sunset, shedding commitments and escaping worry; it travels through the twilight under a shimmering aurora, it glides through the middle of the night, guided by a full moon to arrive at dawn, contented and accomplished.

If you haven’t barfed after that description, listen to the record. It’s good, if you know what good is.

Watch the clip for ‘Blue Movie’ right here: