Tides of Man
Young and Courageous


4.5
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Review

by Daniel Davis USER (32 Reviews)
February 3rd, 2014 | 54 replies | 7,925 views


Release Date: 02/04/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A surprisingly mature post-rock effort from a band in a self-described “identity crisis”.

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“Does anyone actually care about us anymore?”

That’s what Florida-based prog rock band Tides of Man must have been wondering when they started the IndieGoGo campaign to fund their newest record, Young and Courageous. Veterans (or survivors, depending on your interpretation) of Rise Records, they were dropped by the label and relegated to obscurity when their lead vocalist Tillian Pearson was asked to leave the band amid rumors of him taking on vocal duties for Saosin, which never actually panned out. The band searched for a new vocalist, but stopped after being unable to find one that fit their vision. Fast forward two years, and the band announce their intentions to release instrumental material, which split the remaining fanbase and raised doubts as to whether the band would still be supported by it. But they must have been interested enough to stick with them, as the crowdfunding campaign succeeded and bought the band a fancy studio. Were they right for sticking with a band that lost much of its identity when it lost its vocalist?

In retrospect, given the vocal-centric nature of the band's past efforts, it wasn't all that surprising that the band chose to take a large step back from the fast melodies of Dreamhouse and concentrate more on the post-rock leanings of their first record. Tides of Man might have lost their energetic side, but they remain just as vivid and melodic as ever. The intro track “Desolate. Magnificent.” channels a lot of the slower parts of Empire Theory, “Drift” and “We Were Only Dreaming” have epic, immensely satisfying builds that show the band spent its downtime honing its skills with its new genre, and tracks like the single “Mountain House” show the band hasn't lost its skill with intertwining, hypnotic guitar melodies. But the most immediately memorable track here is the title track – starting off with a simple, slow guitar part and working its way to one of the most hummable leads of the band's career.

But the most impressive element here isn’t any aspect of the composition – it’s the absolutely stellar production that compliments it. There are lots of silly arguments circulating against bands using crowdfunding to afford studio time, the main one being that music can be relatively cheaply produced in one’s home with results comparable to that of a professional studio. Young and Courageous is the greatest testament against that argument; everything here sounds extremely lush and vibrant, clear and defined; much more so than anything recorded in a basement or bedroom.

Young and Courageous may, in the end, lack some of the personality of the previous two releases. Gone are the soaring vocals of Tillian, most of the melodic leads and the immediacy of the music. But it its place is a surprisingly mature post-rock record from a band that used to excel at completely different things, and if that’s not considered an achievement worth extolling, than what is? Tides of Man may consider themselves in the middle of a a self-described "identity crisis", but they sound right at home.



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paradox1216
February 3rd 2014



445 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album is streaming here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmE8rnHtAiM&feature=youtu.be

Good to see these guys can do something this good after so long

Digging: He Is Legend - Heavy Fruit

elephantREVOLUTION
February 3rd 2014



2740 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i'm liking this quite a bit so far

skoopy48
February 3rd 2014



1471 Comments


Wow this is great, very good production indeed.

paradox1216
February 3rd 2014



445 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Edited for flow/clarity

Azn.
February 3rd 2014



5604 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

noice

was gonna review but it's not even out yet and I didn't search for a leak,
you did a good job doe

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SonofSnow
February 3rd 2014



677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Was craving some more post-rock. Anyone have any good recs outside of the big artists?

elbaliem
February 3rd 2014



874 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

you should try the evpatoria report-golevka

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
February 3rd 2014



10041 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

One of my favorites is Maybeshewill, but they aren't the smallest post-rock group around.

skoopy48
February 3rd 2014



1471 Comments


I'm really digging Moonlit Sailor-So Close To Life at the moment.

paradox1216
February 3rd 2014



445 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I found one on Bandcamp I liked called Earthrise

Calc
February 3rd 2014



12114 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

boh-ring

Digging: He Is Legend - Heavy Fruit

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
February 4th 2014



49955 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

might check

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OysterizerInsomniac
February 4th 2014



408 Comments


To me this doesn't really sound as much like a post-rock album as it does Tides of Man without a vocalist. Maybe this will grow on me, but I'm really not sure.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
February 4th 2014



49955 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This brings the zzzzz pretty hard

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
February 4th 2014



49955 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

They went from having watered down/boring post-hardcore with cringe inducing vocals to making average as fuck instrumental post-rock nice

So they improved slightly basically

Calc
February 4th 2014



12114 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

its pretty much like they are doing an imitation of a post-rock band.

paradox1216
February 4th 2014



445 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Idk I was really worried it would turn out like that but to me it sounds much better than them just imitating one

But I am but one set of ears

thelastsignal
February 4th 2014



1253 Comments


Great review, pos'd. I still can't wait to hear this, although I am worried about the whole "did well for band that wasn't post rock before" mentality.

Azn.
February 4th 2014



5604 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

they have some pretty good moments imo

Azn.
February 4th 2014



5604 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Mountain House was spectacular



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