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PREMIERE: The Gentleman Losers Release “Rising Tide”

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.

The Gentleman Losers is the art-rock duo of the brothers Samu Kuukka and Ville Kuukka, founded in 2004 in Turku, Finland.

Their mix of ambient aesthetics, lo-fi-but-hi-fi production, post-rock leanings, a hint of Americana, and a dark undercurrent, won many fans and admirers, and their self-titled debut release in 2006 on the highly respected Berlin/Manchester label City Centre Offices gained high praises and placements on many year-end lists, including Album of the Year at Boomkat.

The follow-up, 2009’s album ‘Dustland’, was a more mature endeavour and did much to build the band’s cult following. That year they did a remix for Bibio, released on his The Apple and the Tooth album on Warp.

What then was intended to be a short hiatus to focus on writing a film score and other commissioned music turned into a gap of several years. The silence was only broken by the inclusion of a track on the Late Night Tales mix compilation by Nils Frahm, with whom the brothers share a mutual admiration.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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