ALBUM REVIEW: The Tiger Moths, "When Sunshine Departs"
Review by Adam Jones - MUSIC FARMER 5
An Indie Triumph: Unleashing Vibrant Rays of Hope
In the swirling soundscape of contemporary indie music, there is often a dearth of something quite intangible, a certain melodic grandeur steeped in authenticity. 'When Sunshine Departs,' the debut full-length album from London-based five-piece The Tiger Moths, resuscitates this missing aura with an audible extravaganza that promises to usher listeners into a sonorous dimension of nostalgia, triumph, and unabashed optimism.
Recalling the glorious resonance of Tom Petty and the intense energy of The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, The Tiger Moths' Rich Orpin's vocals on 'When Sunshine Departs' fly high, unfettered by the boundaries of genre. There's a dreamy, ethereal quality to the album, while retaining an upbeat rhythm section with rock features. This is accentuated by layers of epic harmonies, reminiscent of what one would expect from the genre-bending stylings of Vampire Weekend.
The Tiger Moths' "When Sunshine Departs" stands on a sturdy pedestal of bright, uplifting melodies that permeate every track. The band, rooted in Americana-inspired rock, has crafted a sound that not only pays homage to the aesthetics of folk-rock and country rock from the late 60s/early 70s but also carves out a niche of its own in the vast alt-indie space.
The vintage Rhodes e-piano, a core instrument in the album's sonic palette, infuses an element of retro nostalgia while maintaining a modern edge. It intertwines beautifully with the songs' uplifting beats, creating a tapestry of sound that invites listeners into a warm embrace of melodic comfort.
Standout tracks from 'When Sunshine Departs' are kaleidoscopic gems that showcase the band's diverse influences and distinctive musicianship. The lead single 'Dreaming of Yesterday' encapsulates a tumultuous time for The Tiger Moths. There's a palpable yearning in the lyrics, a longing for a past untouched by pandemic uncertainty. The track is an aural embodiment of resilience in the face of adversity, replete with uplifting beats and epic harmonies.
The title track 'When Sunshine Departs' is a journey of auditory euphoria, beginning with serene bird calls that gives way to a folksy guitar lead accompanying a beautiful vocal melody. The track crescendos into a head-banging drumbeat that floods your senses with a sensation of uncontainable joy.
The Tiger Moths' When Sunshine Departs stands on a sturdy pedestal of bright, uplifting melodies that permeate every track.
'You Really Don’t Know' veers towards a unique folk-punk vibe, echoing hints of The Clash and The Kooks meets Willie Nelson. The song hits hard with its intense distorted guitars, robust drums, and a passionate vocal delivery that stirs a raw, powerful sentiment.
This debut album is not only a glowing example of The Tiger Moths' remarkable ability to create stunning music under challenging circumstances - it's also a beacon of hope for music lovers worldwide. The narrative thread of 'When Sunshine Departs' is one of resilience, perseverance, and a thirst for new beginnings. Just as the Tiger Moths had their festival appearances halted and momentum stymied, their ability to adapt and create in a time of upheaval is a testament to the transformative power of music.
'When Sunshine Departs' by The Tiger Moths is more than just an album; it is a solace, an escape, and a beacon guiding us through our own moments of sunshine departing.
Check out the single "Dreaming of Yesterday" off the upcoming album, "When Sunshine Departs" by The Tiger Moths below!👇