Tune – Identity

Tune
Identity
Released: 14th November (The UK), 17th November (the rest of Europe), 2nd December (the USA) 2014
Progressive Rock/ Art Rock
Released via Dust On The Tracks Records

‘Identity’ is the second album from the Polish progressive rock band Tune. It is the follow up to their debut ‘Lucid Moments’. The band’s style has been compared to the likes of Muse, Pink Floyd and David Bowie.

After the electronic-style instrumental intro ‘On’, we are treated to some melodic rock featuring the pleasant-sounding clean vocals, the odd guitar solo along with the faint sound of keyboards in the background. Yet as the subsequent tracks show, there is more to these guys than just melodic prog-rock. For example Disposable has a deceptively slow start but it also features some faster, more energetic guitar riffs towards the end. Then there’s the tranquil keyboard-infused Change, one of the slowest songs on here, which features a mixture of both acoustic and electric guitars.

The guitar takes the spotlight on Trendy Girl in which a combination of a catchy, easy to follow chorus and “rocking” guitar riffs make this song one of the best ones on this album. I can foresee this track becoming a big hit at the live shows. Then there’s Crackpot, which starts off deceptively slow and melodic with the keyboards in the background before returning to the catchy “rocking” riffs towards the latter half of the track. I guess that’s the beauty of Tune’s music; just as soon as you think that you have got them figured out, they suddenly add an experimental flare into a song to keep you on your toes. The songs vary not only in pace but also in style ranging from progressive, indie and experimental rock.

In summary this album takes a few listens to appreciate fully. I wasn’t sure what to make of it the first time that I heard it. After another listen I can safely say that I like certain tracks more than others but it’s not a bad effort overall.

3.5/5

Iza Raittila

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