SWORDS

Tidal Waves ★★★ Self--re­leasef

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - TONY CLAYTON-LEA

This Ir­ish three-piece fol­lows up their er­ratic 2013 de­but, Lions &

Gold, with a much more as­sured col­lec­tion. Still work­ing within elec­tronic pop, the songs on

Tidal Waves seem to weigh them­selves up against each other be­fore con­fi­dently head­ing out into the world. Su­perb tunes such as Sixty Thou­sand Years, All These Hours, Sit­ting on Walls and the ti­tle track breathe slowly and surely, as if wait­ing to take the plunge. While build-ups to peak lev­els of ex­cite­ment don’t al­ways hap­pen, nei­ther do the songs list­lessly fade away. This may be due to Karl Od­lum’s pro­duc­tion, which is light-handed but firm. Tidal Waves also sounds re­ally crisp and clean (it was mas­tered by Mandy Par­nell, who has worked with Björk, The xx, and Sigur Rós). So take a dip; no life jacket re­quired. swords­band.com

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