A favourite art teacher of mine once told me, “In order for art to be considered good it must make you feel something. If you feel indifferent then the art isn’t good”. I feel this applies to all aspects of art and especially music.
The reason I look back at this piece of wisdom is that this song makes me feel many things. It’s an amalgamation of sorrow, longing, fragility but also it provides you with a sense of hopefulness and allows you to internalize all these emotions and sensations. We’ve all had that relationship that isn’t sure of what it is.
“Tide” is presented by Brit band VŌS which is a double act made up of singer Dawn Moss and co-writer Palmer. The two have bled their musical styles together to form VŌS, a self-described marriage of RnB and Scandipop. A hybrid we didn’t know we needed, but definitely enjoy.
Reminiscent of Florence and the Machine with definite Kate Bush tones
There’s no denying Brits are very much championing the alt-pop movement right now. Perhaps it’s our self-degradation, sense of humour and melodramatic tendencies, but this single definitely speaks to the individual, take from it what you need.
The wispy voices over the delicate melody are almost otherworldly. The integration of the dance beat however provides you with the urge to move, and reminds me of some of Ellie Goulding’s better work. The story of the young woman asking her lover to love her and meet her at the stars is highly romantic, but the addition of the lyric “got to to start learning” suggests this is a new relationship and they have a long way to go before it’s complete. The song has many undertones and currents which compliment the title “Tide” wonderfully. Your ear picks up the electro beat, the acoustic piano and the punchy bass beat. Like the swirling of the tide, it can be cleansing and beautiful or destructive and dangerous, very much like the love story presented in the single.
VŌS is relatable and speaks clearly to the millennial generation, unsure of what they want and what is required of them.
I have to say I enjoyed the song. Where would I listen to it? Sunday afternoons in the park or rainy days spent milling around the house when you feel the urge to move. The B-side “Wait” offers a slightly edgier sound, a story following on from Tide, of a woman unsure of what her lover expects from her. A clever play on words as the saying goes “Time and tide wait for no man”. VŌS is relatable and speaks clearly to the millennial generation, unsure of what they want and what is required of them.
I look forward to seeing the response the public has to the two songs and I’ll continue to enjoy the music presented by the band.
Review by Chloe Gale.