From time to time we get taken back to some amazing musicians and the modern day counterparts that strike a similar musical style. Upon first listen to the new EP courtesy of Denver (via Brooklyn) outfit The Still Tide the early days of Nancy and Ann Wilson of Heart and the raspiness of a young Stevie Nicks stand out among the amazing voice of Anna Morsett. The EP produced by local Joe Richmond (Churchill, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats) delivers a well balanced dose of indie pop/rock that showcases the guitar work of Jacob Miller and vocals of Morsett. The album portrays a consistent message about the ups and downs of any relationship.
The title “Run Out” plays with the idea of being both depleted – of having simply run out of steam or having something run its course to the end - and also with that of the basic human urge to escape, to just run out and away. With songs about losing love, feeling emotionally exhausted and worn at the end of a relationship to those about the feeling of escape music itself provides, the EP circles this theme throughout.
Opening track "Give Me Time" Morsett delivers with intrusting lyrics that makes the song flow from beginning to end. One of those clap, double clap songs that just makes you want to nod your head to the beat. The breakdown at 1:43 is pure bliss that makes you just want to turn up the dial to 11. An ode to the rigors of the daily life of a musician and challenges they present the song paints a perfect picture that seems consistent throughout the album
On "High Wire" we get a opening riff that conjures up songs by The Cure that has Morsett swooning over an infectious guitar beat. Possibly my favorite track on the EP. It's as you can feel the pain and emotion that Morsett is delivering as she echoes a song about where to run and where to go, a question we often ask ourselves on a daily basis about that true love.
The next track "Signal Fade" starts slowly then erupts with lyrics that fade in and out of the complexities of everyday problems. This particular track could easily be mistaken for a country song giving us true representation of the amazing production Joe Richmond can bring to the table with his ability to cross genres in a fashion that seems unnoticeable to the casual listener.
"Ashes" is one of those tracks you put on at your local dive bar as you order a whiskey and feel all the feels of why you are there in the first place. Almost the perfect elements of a breakup song that you want to dedicate to the person who stabbed you in the back. Ahh the power of the breakup ballad is well represented in this standout track.
The final track "Rough House" is were Morsett reaches into her inner Stevie Nicks and delivers a perfect rendition. Carefully orchestrated lyrics and perfect harmonies across the board make for one of the better songs on the EP. An indie lovers dream that formulates into what could easily be the most radio friendly song on the album. The ultimate lighter in the air anthem from the group who continues to impress on all levels making this EP one of the better things to come out of Denver in a long time. If you haven't listened to The Still Tide they will be playing random dates throughout the summer as well as continuing to back up Brent Cowles as he continues his brilliant course and musical journey. We highly suggest you give this EP a listen, a perfect entry into our season of warm weather and whiskey drinking months to come. Cheers to The Still Tide!