Record Review: Hurricane Bells

Hurricane Bells
Tides and Tales
New York, NY

“An expert mix of angst and hope, with a dash of cheer”

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Hurricane Bells’ Steve Schiltz masters the art of simplistic cynicism in his sophomore album Tides and Tales. But when moving from track to track, Schiltz never fails to maintain a slight sense of hope through effortless melodies, poppy undertones, and unexpected twists. The album perfectly captures feelings of frustration, aloofness, and a need to let go, all while offering listeners a little bit of everything. “House on Fire” and “The Ghost of Her” are riddled with bright melodies and optimism. Fuzzy guitar riffs and light-hearted chimes create the album’s sense of power pop, while “Blue Blue Moon,” “Before I’m Gone,” and “Flowers in the Dirt” showcase a gentler, calmer side of Schiltz. A sense of vulnerability is apparent and welcomed in all three tracks, which are laced with honesty and self-awareness.

Arguably, the album’s sound can be summed up with “Possibilities” – lyrics express feelings of memories and remorse, while melodies are soaring and elevated. Schiltz’s voice is chant-like but is offset by escalating solos and cheerful chords. (Invisible Brigades)

Produced and Mixed by Steve Schiltz

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