If you ignore One Direction breaking every record around, Chris Brown winning awards, Carly Rae Jepsen, Tulisa, PSY, David Guetta etcetc, its not been a bad year for music. There’s more bands breaking through now than ever before, giving you a plethora of new music to listen to on a weekly basis from Lana Del Rey to Alt-J via Grimes and Peace. Some push music out thick and fast to create a Hype Machine fire that burns for a few weeks and then sits on your iPod, occasionally noticed by onlookers who’ll ask if you’ve heard the *insert artist here* remix before scrolling past as if last weeks’ band no longer matter.
Luckily, not all music is born the same premature way. Some acts grow through EPs and a notorious live show over time and develop in such a way that when their debut album finally arrives, they deserve to engulf the underground with the hunger that they’ve built. This week sees Tall Ships finally release their debut record “Everything Touching”. Does it justify their years of work?
In short, yes. Whilst there’s tracks on this record that have been around for a while, possibly disappointing the more dedicated Tall Ships listener, the likes of “Ode To Ancestors” has been reworked in a way that takes it in a more delicate and borderline enchanting direction. Whilst there are occasionally tracks that are difficult listening (does “Oscar” really need to be five and a half minutes long?), you’re rewarded for your patience almost instantaneously by the album centerpiece “Gallop”. It’s brash, its powerful and it sweeps you along into the world of Tall Ships’ fixation with time even more. Not that the band are worried about time, it only took them 2 years since their first EP to put the record together.
What you have with Everything Touching is a record that, given the chance, grows and encapsulates both the stunning intimacy of music and its overwhelming power. With Tall Ships you have the ability to completely lose your shit and then regain it in the space of two tracks and enjoy the whole thing right up to the incredible closers of “Books” and “Murmurations”. Its 65Daysofstatic mixed with the most grandiose rock bands and a bit of mathy intelligence.
“Time is precious, time will forget us” sings lead vocalist Ric. Time spent with this record is indeed precious, but definitely not forgettable.