Rising Tide – taken from TGL’s latest album Permanently Midnight and featuring guest vocalist Patrick Sudarski from TGL’s other band Lessons – is a song with a 60s, soulful, Motown-type feel. The lyrics, which are rather naive and innocent in its optimistic message, are inspired by the breezy, poppy and positive sound of the song. On the album, Rising Tide serves as a beacon of hope after the more somber mood of some of the other tracks.
The title though refers to JFK’s quote “a rising tide lifts all boats”, which came up in matters of economic growth.
In the lyrics of the song the phrase is not used in an economic or political sense, but the video (created by TGL’s very own Samu Kuukka) surely adds another twist to it.
The imagery is from America’s 60s, which was all about consumption, therefore coming back to the economical theme. There’s critique of the baby boomers, their self-indulgent consumption, of mindless middle-class consumerism and the whole bourgeois lifestyle in general. That criticism is directed also towards our current crazed consumerism and uninhibited hedonism.