Back in 2011, having graced the 7″ shelves with their astonishing Underneath Tonight single, all eyes were on Melbourne quartet Lowtide, patiently awaiting their next move. Now, after what seems an eternity in this age of attention deficiency, our heroes finally have their affairs in order for their triumphant return.
Having searched doggedly for the perfect spine-tingling melody and the furthest-out-est guitar sounds, Lowtide have delivered an album that expands their sonic perimeters far beyond expectation.
Originally known as Three Month Sunset and centered around the solo workings of Gabriel Lewis, the band came together in 2008. Renamed Lowtide in 2010, the sound evolved from a single ambient, soaring, textured guitar into the band’s current, larger configuration framed by dual bassists/vocalists Lucy Buckeridge and Giles Simon and drummer Anton Jakovljevic.
The album’s first single ‘Blue Movie’ continues the band’s dreampop love affair, but this record ain’t no one-tricker — ‘Held’ raises the heart-rate as it careers toward the chorus (and perhaps the album’s melodic peak), while ‘Wedding Ring’ wouldn’t be out of place on a John Hughes soundtrack.
Recorded at Soundpark Studios by Melbourne-based UK producer Gareth Parton (Foals, Big Scary, The Go! Team), Lowtide is as layered and complex as it is a straight-to-the-heart modern shoegaze masterpiece.