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On their third album, the L.A.-based band has whipped up a bright sounding disc that is true to its Southern Californian roots. Led by Darren Rademaker, the Tyde swirl together a variety of pop strands (power pop, orchestral pop and sunshine pop) with elements of new wave and country rock to create something thoroughly delightful. The infectious album opener "Do It Again Again" surges with a rush of guitar riffs and synth flourishes. This wave of boppy melodies continues through the fuzzy guitar tune "Brock Landers" and the wonderfully hooky "Too Many Kims." The latter is built around Ann Do Rademaker's frothy synth lines and Ben Knight's piercing guitar solos. The disc hits its zenith on the Beach Boys-gone-glam "County Line," an irresistible rave-up referencing the legendary Malibu surf spot. Given the band's name and origin, it's not surprising that a number of their songs deal with the sand and surf. A pair of their more memorable, laid-back tunes (the shimmery "Glassbottom Lights" and the heartfelt love ode "Aloha Breeze") have beach-oriented subject matter. "Aloha Breeze" also benefits from the ethereal pedal steel work of Dave Scher who used to be a regular bandmember (as well as being part of the spacy country rock outfit the Beachwood Sparks with bassist Brent Rademaker). Darren Rademaker, whose voice has a bit of Lloyd Cole in it, doesn't just write about beach life. For instance, he skewers aging hipster-hood on "The Lamest Shows," a song that plays out like a Pavement slow dance number. Three's Co. makes for perfect listening while driving up a sunny coastline highway or when you just need a little bouncy pop to brighten up your day. [The U.S. release features two remixes: the synth-pop dance version of "Glassbottom Lights" done by James Figurine (aka the Postal Service's Jimmy Tamborello) and a gauzily atmospheric Nobody remix of "Don't Need a Leash."]


Formed: 1998

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

The Tyde may share three bandmembers -- Chris Gunst, Dave Scher, and Brent Rademaker -- with modern L.A. canyon rock band Beachwood Sparks, but where the latter sounds like what a cryogenically frozen Buffalo Springfield circa 1967 might sound like if they were thawed out today, the Tyde have drawn comparisons to a wider range of bands, many of them British in origin, including '80s and early-'90s bands like Felt and Lloyd Cole and the Commotions (lead vocalist/guitarist Darren Rademaker's dusky,...
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