EP Review: High Tyde – ‘Safe’

Brighton’s Indie band High Tyde have released their third EP Safe which perfectly showcases their musical and song writing progression whilst still maintaining their signature style. High Tyde is made up of vocalist and bassist, Cody Thomas-Matthews, guitarist, Connor Cheetham, guitarist, Spencer Tobias-Williams and drummer, Louis Semlekan-Faith. The group has been critically acclaimed by the likes of Clash & Indie Shuffle, Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart from Radio 1, as well as Dan O’Connell from Radio X. High Tyde embarked on their first headline tour in November and are currently tearing across Britain apart of their 17-date tour for April.

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The leading single off the album is Dark Love and was premiered by Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1. Devoted fans of the band would recognise the track, as the track became a highlight for their live shows during last November. Dark Love opens with brooding synths and a combination of soaring guitar riffs and unsettling, guitar screeching. The anthemic track features ferocious drums and infectious melodies and catchy hooks. Dark Love is definitely a rockier track and despite fitting into that ‘Brit indie-pop’ category, High Tyde have created something that sounds entirely their own. The title track of the EP, Safe, features a more pop beat with elements of tropical-pop in the production. The feel-good track is less guitar heavy, with more playful, energetic guitar licks and distorted, upbeat vocals. The track reminds me of their 2014 track, Feel It and has the same kind of feel-good vibes as Australian band, The Rubens.

The third track on the EP is These Nights and opens with dark, melodic synths and brooding, sultry vocals. These Nights features a funky production with swirling beats and skittering, electric guitars. The vocals on the track is a real stand out and I feel is completely different to what they have done before, with a more mature, seducing sound. The track reminds me of something Ed Sheeran has released, with his more rocky tracks, where he is rapping, like his track Don’t. The final track on the EP is Wine which features the similar sultry vocals from These Nights before bursting into a powerful chorus, filled with infectious, indie goodness. The guitar heavy track bursts into a ferocious electric guitar solo before a final rendition of the chorus. The track does a complete 180, 3 minutes in, with the music dropping off before simple delicate keys and a poignant bass enters. Cody’s melancholic vocals enter, filled with so much emotion with the final moments of the EP, reminding me of something The 1975 would release.

By the end of listening to Safe, I am completely in awe of the unique and progressive sound from High Tyde. Their ability to combine elements of multiple genres to curate something completely their own is stunning. Their third EP definitely shows where they are going and the boys are setting up for a big 2016.

Headline Tour

4/04 Bristol, Louisiana
5/04 Southampton, Joiners
6/04 Oxford, Bullingdon
7/04 London, Dingwalls
9/04 Bath, Moles
11/04 Cambridge, Portland Arms
12/04 Leicester, The Cookie
13/04 Stoke, Sugarmill
14/04 Glasgow, King Tuts
15/04 Newcastle, Think Tank
16/04 Liverpool, Studio 2
17/04 Leeds, Oporto
18/04 Manchester, Sound Control
19/04 Birmingham, Sunflower Lounge
20/04 Nottingham, Bodega
29/04 Brighton, Haunt