Album Review: Second Hand Heart – Tides
The sparse and spine-tingling atmospherics vibes of London Grammar seeping through a rousing guitar riff – it sounds good doesn’t it? Well, that’s a quick way to describe Second Hand Heart. But it takes much more than that to understand their debut ‘Tides’. A little ambient, a lot indie rock – they sound like the next big thing to grace the pages of NME and capturing them this early is especially telling of how talented they are. These guys and girls are churning out evocative tunes like they’re going out of fashion and yet they are sitting on the first rung of their career. It’s one of those moments that has you pondering – where will they go next? ‘Tides’ is a stellar way to start a glowing reputation.
‘Tides’ is focused in that it is subtle atmospheric indie pop, but it is also a lot more varied than their contemporaries. The vibrant guitar lines in ‘Don’t Look Away’ contrast beautifully with the melancholic ‘The River Ophelia’ and the swell of ‘We Dream Awake’ unites the two with a tender opener evolving into an enormous crescendo that will inevitably translate wonderfully on the live circuit. ‘Damnesia’ states from the off that the harmonies are first class and the emotion saturates every lick of the swooning guitar.
Words: Simon McMurdo