Written by: Mike Dimitriou
Founded by Liverpool native Ben Thomas in 2017, Big Tide was born out of Thomas’ disillusionment with the electronic music scene. His previous output as French House producer L’Étranger spanned for six years. Under this moniker, he caught the attention of tastemaker publications Clash, Nest HQ, Indie Shuffle, Earmilk, HBF, Purple Sneakers, etc.
The impetus to form this new project came in 2013 while touring with Spectrals as their lead guitarist. In Paris, Thomas picked up his 12-string and the chiming sound of Big Tide was born. Thomas sings in his signature northern vocal style whilst shimmering 12-string guitars sparkle behind him. Thomas’ idiosyncratic lyrics and unique delivery present a great find from Northern England. Taking influence from bands like Big Star and Teenage Fanclub, Big Tide’s music blends elements from ’60s power pop like The Byrds and ’70s folk-rock espoused by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young to create music that is original while somehow feeling familiar.
Back in May, Big Tide presented the enticing and optimistic indie power pop single “Wrong Number,” which is our Track of the Day today. The whole album is a suitable offering for the summer with a crop of carefree and debonair songs, including some pretty serious indie folk rock that jangles away like the perfect soundtrack for summer and “Wrong Number” is the perfect gateway in.
Here is the whole Sync and Swim album!
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