- by Jeff Penczak Rating:9 Release Date:2016-05-12 Label: Long Branch Records
The fourth album from these Polish post-rockers picks up where 2013’s Eternal Movement left off: expansive, emotionally charged instrumentals envelop the listener in uplifting, occasionally metallic excursions with imaginative arrangements that sometime veer towards progressive rock. ‘Knees To The Earth’ is an aggressive pounder and ‘All The Steps I’ve Made’ lightly tiptoes around the room on the back of a dainty little guitar riff that builds to an explosion of tiny dynamites, like fireworks fluttering to Earth after delivering their requisite “oohs” and “aahs”.
The lads can also deliver “pretty” tunes when the mood strikes, as with the enchanting floaters ‘Colour of Glow‘ and ‘Traversing’, although don’t fear the sandman with the latter, as this, too, eventually explodes into a metallic gust of exhaust fumes that Godspeed and Mogwai have made a career of. The Tides’ fast/slow, heavy/soft musical dichotomies should certainly appeal to fans of those dinosaurs of the genre.
The eight tracks average over five minutes each, so there is plenty of room for sonic embellishment (read: jamming), but the quartet never succumb to wanky showmanship at the expense of the song. The post rock world is extremely crowded these days, with dozens of bands clamouring for your attention and money, but not too many of the European exponents are getting the attention they deserve. Let’s hope Safehaven opens a few doors, ears, and minds for Tides From Nebula. I’m certainly heading off to hunt down their first three releases.