The Tyde – Three’s Company

What I Think of When I Think of This Artist (part 2)

There is a fourth Tyde album, and it is unfortunately titled Darren 4. Unfortunate because that is a terrible title, and also because it deviated from the pattern of the first three albums. I don’t think either the Tyde or Beachwood Sparks are still active. As a bit of trivia, Dave Scher ended up playing keyboards for Interpol on their live dates in the late 2000s.

What I Think of This Album

Keyboardist Ann Do Rademaker once again demonstrates that she is this band’s not-so-secret weapon. Sure, guitarist Darren Rademaker writes songs that combine pop, indie, and country rock and perfectly evoke the sunny California origins of the band, but Do provides the essential new wave flavor. And to be fair, I can’t overlook power pop legend Ric Menck (Velvet Crush) on drums and the guitar work of Ben Knight, who crushes it on “Brock Landers.”

Still, listen to the album a few times and it’s clear that Do Rademaker is essential to the band’s sound, from the gentle, flute-like lines on ballad “Separate Cars” to the squiggly additions to bouncy “Do It Again Again” to her head-to-head battle with Knight on “Brock Landers” to the analog sounds that fill out catchy “Too Many Kims.”

The band stretches out a little on the sunset-and-surf “Glassbottom Lights,” and it adds a blue-eyed soul touch to “Ltd. Appeal.” Album highlight “County Line” sounds like a power pop take on a lost Beach Boys song, and you will be bopping all the way to the coast as you listen to it. There is an appealing crunch to “The Pilot,” which has the unfortunate task of bridging the twin missteps of “Aloha Breeze” and “Don’t Need a Leash.”

There are two remixes included, one of “Glassbottom Lights” by James Figurine, who is better known as Jimmy Tamborello (the Postal Service), and this is actually a pretty good dance version that improves on the original. Meanwhile, the enigmatic Nobody remixed “Don’t Need a Leash” and this song definitely did not merit a repeat appearance (though the noise-ish additions to the slow fade out are pretty cool).

Conor Deasy of the Thrills makes an appearance as does the bassist from Maroon 5 (yep) and Nelson Bragg, who played with Brian Wilson.

The Best Thing About This Album

Ann Do Rademaker’s magical fingers.

Release Date

August, 2006

The Cover Art

This makes me think of a colorized x-ray of a surfboard, which it is definitely not. Too much white space, and the offset art bothers me.

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