Blue Eyed Sun – Tidal Sound (2013)

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Tidal Sound arrives has if in a rush of thought, of inspiration, of emotion. This trio, friends at Michigan’s Interlochen Arts Academy, create as if utterly compelled to do so. That plays out in the rough-hewn vocal interplay of “Bucket.” and the splash of Americana pluckings of “Fidelity Melody” — giving Tidal Sound an intriguing, fresh-faced dynamism.

The truth is, Casey Batterbee, Kenneth Fox and Brennan Leeds created their initial music together in a torrent — writing 25 songs in the trio’s first four months together. Tidal Sound features 10 of them, presented in a fascinatingly raw, ever-more-involving manner.

The quick line would be that Blue Eyed Sun is all over the place. But in the very best of ways: With songs like “Given Name,” Blue Eyed Sun descends into an emotional free-fall only to quickly gather itself for “Johnny Boy,” creating a narrative of stirring specificity. They unleash a tough little groove on “Make Friends,” while “Mountains” trundles along as if in a state of endless reverie. Blue Eyed Sun is just as capable of angular fusion on “Please,” as it is a pastoral rumination (the title track).

Every step of the way, Blue Eyed Sun sounds completely, blissfully, in the moment — and you’re right there with them.

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Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso has written for USA Today, American Songwriter, All About Jazz, and a host of others. Honored as columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section named Top 10 in the U.S. by the AP before co-founding Something Else! Nick is now associate editor of Ultimate Classic Rock.
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