Tides Of Man - Dreamhouse

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Tides Of Man
Dreamhouse
Tides Of Man - Dreamhouse Review rating:
4.5
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Average: 4.8 (21 votes)

Drenched in intricate dual guitar work to rival Coheed, Circa, and any other modern progressive act, Tides of Man’s sophomore release, Dreamhouse, returns them to the forefront with a captivating slew of dynamic tracks. The album fuses melody with complexity without treading into over-indulgence, and does it with a poise not seen on Rise Records.

Introduced with a continuation from their debut release, Empire Theory, “Not My Love 2” begins with an angelic onslaught of harmony singing “You tried to make amends and I destroyed your friends. If only we could speak again” followed by warm, heavy guitar lines that fill all the space a speaker provides. As darkness envelops the minor-keyed lead lines, the guitars surround Tilian Pearson’s higher-register melodies.

Within the layered complexities lie Pearson’s memorable hooks. Each song’s melodies are interesting rhythmically when placed next to their musical counterparts, but are also appealing and catchy. Pearson still varies dynamically, but the gruffer approach he often gave on Empire Theory has been restricted a bit more and replaced with more melodic sections. Songs like “Dreamhouse” and “Salamanders and Worms” pull through perfectly in what would be the middle-of-the-record-slump with undeniably catchy melodies.

There is little missing from Dreamhouse. A slower, ballad track would have made a nice addition somewhere after “Chemical Fires,” to give a nice break in pace. The only big lyrical mishap is in closer “Only Human” where Tilian sings “My insides are spilling from my stomach, but you grab a straw to slurp it off the ground.” Hearing the word slurp threw off the entire mood the song was trying to convey in a very awkward-indie-movie-transition kind of way. Beyond these, the record is consistant, but not bland. It’s a true musical centerpiece for post-hardcore and modern progressive rock – at least for 2010.

Tides of Man really pack a punch of originality you don’t see on Rise Records, so don’t write them off because of their label. They’re now two records in, and both have had beautiful execution across the board that isn’t even in the realm of overdone. Dreamhouse is hopefully a record that takes Tides of Man somewhere higher in the scene giving them the respect their musicianship deserves.

1. Not My Love 2
2. Statues
3. Home
4. Sunshine
5. Dreamhouse
6. Salamanders and Worms
7. Chemical Fires
8. Echoes
9. A Faint Illusion
10. Only Human

Tides Of Man is a progressive rock band from Tampa, Florida. Their first album, "Empire Theory" came out on Rise Records in August of 2009.

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