Tides Of Man – Dreamhouse
Record Label: Rise Records
Release Date: September 14, 2010
Rise Records is often ridiculed for its lack of variety; the majority of the bands on Rise use the same sing-scream heavy formula, hindering the label as a whole. However, occasionally, a band is able to be a spark of originality, breaking through this sameness. Two artists and releases stand out this year on Rise for doing just this – PMtoday’s pristine In Medias Res and Oceana’s return Clean Head. Now, following their previous endeavor of progressive inventiveness Empire Theory, Tides Of Man have returned to become one of Rise’s top artists with their sophomore record, Dreamhouse.
This record is progression. Dreamhouse is a dark, ambient record driven by soaring vocals backed by whirling guitars and pulsating drums. With this album, Tides Of Man have combined all of their previous strengths into one cohesive whole. Vocalist Tilian Pearson soars throughout the record, evident throughout the phenomenal “Chemical Fires.” Often channeling Circa Survive-era Anthony Green, Pearson sounds extraordinary throughout Dreamhouse. Musically, Pearson cooperates with guitarist Spencer Gill superbly throughout the record; as a result, the guitars all wrap around Pearson’s vocals, complimenting his high-pitched frequency wonderfully. The ambient “Statues” is the pinnacle of this cooperative effort, as the guitarists form around Pearson’s vocals.
Opener “Not My Love 2” begins the ride with Pearson singing “You tried to make amends / but I destroyed your friends / if only we could speak again” before launching into a well-placed guitar intro. Here, the growth of Tides Of Man is established, as Pearson simply sounds exceptional backed by Josh Gould’s powerful drumming. “Home” is more upbeat; however, lyrically, this track drags on, making the track ultimately forgettable. Thankfully, the guitar-driven “Sunshine” makes up for this fault before launching into the ambient title track “Dreamhouse.”
The middle of the record, however, begins to drag on, as the monotony of Tides Of Man starts to take its toll here. While yes, Pearson continues to shine, the band simply needs more of a variety at this point. Nonetheless, the final tracks on Dreamhouse make up for the sameness of the middle, as the aforementioned “Chemical Fires” is hands down the best track on the record. The distorted “Echoes” follows at full force until the ultimate “Only Human” slows everything. “Only Human” is a leisurely, ambient masterpiece; featuring towering vocals and intricate instrumentation, the track ends Dreamhouse on a more than fitting note as Pearson sings “put me down / make me feel more human” as the record fades out.
This record simply proves why Tides Of Man are considered by many to be one of the best bands on Rise Records. Unquestionably, this is a record that will cling to many throughout the year, as it will surely be one of Rise’s best releases this year. Be it their creativity, their excellent musicianship, or their soaring vocals, Tides Of Man have truly outdone themselves with Dreamhouse.