Saturday, July 29, 2017

TNKS – Nostalgic Happiness (2017)


  • Chillwave
  • Mood music 
  • Glo-fi 
  • Art pop 
  • Indietronica 
  • Post-rock
  • Plinkerpop 
  • Electronic music 
  • Alternative 
  • Chilltronica 
  • Post-pop 
  • Ambient pop

Comment: by listening to TNKS`s sophomore outing Nostalgic Happiness you may perceive it as if a watered down post-rock issue is put in front of your ears. In fact, the explanation is way too simplistic and little saying to the listener. From these 28 minutes in the set of 7 pieces in total there used to emerge enough elements to tickle your cerebral synapses in a breezy way. Indeed, sun is shining and gentle gusts are stroking your cheeks and dishevel your hair while you are spending your time in the middle of a picturesque meadow in the countryside. Throughout the course you can perceive the intact bucolic feel which of course could closely be related to fairly nostalgic pictures from one`s remote past. These 7 tracks constitute a platform to put off your memories toward the childhood. Toward something you cannot reach anymore because physically we have no possibility to overcome the burden of entropy (if we would get it would we wish it?). Musically and stylistically the album`s touch harks back to the chillwave/glo-fi/hypnagogic movement. Indeed, hypnagogic pop as a stylistic phenomenon is closely bound to falling asleep, dreaming and memories. There are bands up within the style who exploit the corresponding intentions (Memoryhouse, Memory Tapes). Jokingly, The Smiths was obviously a pre-hypnagogic combo due to conveying such tracks as Back to the Old House, This Night Has Opened My Eyes, and Asleep (even if the latter one focused on suicide). Exuberant yet gentle guitar chords used to draw its elliptical lines across the synthetic terrain and IDM-esque crispy beats while being coloured by sublime saxophone beeps and colourful orchestrations at times. By the way, I tagged it as mood music as you can see above but it does not mean it is either somehow simple-minded or "lazy". More profoundly, you can hear easiness in timbre and mood pouring out from the sophisticated instrumental compositions. The wondrous outing is a part of the discography of Sucu Music. Additionally I recommend listen to the debut release Gate One. By kindred souls you should listen to Brother Saturn
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