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Tune: Identity

Tune are a Polish progressive rock band having formed in 2009. They released their debut Lucid Moments in 2011. Their sophomore album Identity has recently hit the stores and like their debut it's a beauty.

Tune is Jakub Krupski (vocals, synths), Leszek Swoboda (bass, synths, vocals), Adam Hajzer (guitars, synths), Janusz Kowalski (piano) and Wiktor Pogoda (drums).

In my review of their first album I described their music as 'melancholic art rock' and that description still applies to the new album. Like their fellow compatriots Riverside there is certainly that 'Polish sound' at work here with brooding melodies, atmospheric synths and excellent mood laden guitar work. Perhaps the main difference between the albums is the band has chosen to forego the accordion that was so prevalent in the first release and have added more synths to the band's evolving sound.

"On (Intro)" kicks off the album with a gently repeating guitar line morphing into heavier guitar soundscapes and atmospheric synths with a subtle electronica groove. In "Live To Work To Live" a minimalistic drum pattern and deep baritone vocals sets everything in motion until fuzzed out bass tones and crunchier chords enter the soundscape. The music almost has a doomy feel with art rock and psychedelic flavourings. "Disposable" is next with shades of heavy and light with maybe a dash of Riverside while "Change" reminded me of Aladdin Sane-era David Bowie. Deep vocals, winding synths, sparse piano and a soaring guitar solo make this one of the album's highlights.

"Off (Outro)" ends the album much the way it began with moody guitar and keyboard lines although this time the music gets much heavier forming an all-out aural assault of heavy guitar riffage and pummeling drum patterns. It is an excellent ending to what is another winner from this very talented group of musicians. Poland has produced some fine artists and Tune is certainly deserving of being added to the list.


Track Listing:
1. On (Intro) (4:23)
2. Live To Work To Live (5:14)
3. Disposable (4:07)
4. Change (4:20)
5. Trendy Girl (3:26)
6. Deafening (5:20)
7. Crackpot (3:37)
8. Suggestions (5:37)
9. Sheeple (3:41)
10. Off (Outro) (4:02)

Added: December 29th 2014
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Score:
Related Link: Band's Official Site
Hits: 1102
Language: english

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