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Review | Tangerine – ‘Radical Blossom’ (EP)


Known for their grunge and heavy notes,  Seattle’s latest exports Tangerine release their second four track EP ‘Radical Blossom’.

A woozy reverbed guitar backs up beautiful vocals on ‘Feel This Way’, before a prominent funky bass line kicks in. The chorus is almost sickly sweet with a 60’s feel and swaying rhythm. This track will instantly lift moods and get feets tapping. It is obvious from the combination of guitar riffs on Feel This Way, that the band’s influences range from retro simplicity to more recent indie greats.

A very obvious 60’s vibe from the first chords of ‘Hanford Riviera’, with guitar riffs seeped in nostalgic tones. The vocals are childlike in their sweetness; it’s a real treat to find a voice of this calibre these days. There’s an abundance of melody here. It may be simpler instrumentation unlike other current bands, but it proves you don’t need to throw everything into a song to make it good.

Vocals backed by occasional echoing strums, open ‘Mars’. This track somehow manages to mix scuzzy psychedelic riffs, and pounding drums of the final chorus together, with atmospheric wistful pop sounds of yesteryear to produce something truly brilliant, and different.

Deep rumbling bass brings in its final track ‘The Runner’, definitely more current sounding than the others with an indie shoegaze sound, reminiscent of My Bloody Valentine. The references are there throughout this EP, but they construct a sound all of their own. A steady beat and harmonious vocals are coupled with crashing hi-hats and a strong guitar. It’s spherical and muffled in nature, adding interesting elements to this quite wonderful last effort. Essentially Tangerine have constructed their own sound of new wave, influenced by pop with an indie feel.

Album available to purchase HERE

Written by Charlotte Pearson

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