Tomorrows Tulips – Eternally Teenage

Tomorrows Tulips – Eternally Teenage

A simple approach is sometimes the best option. When dealing with aspects that cover everything from relationships to art to life, the simplistic divide is definitely a well-versed topic. Still, no matter how basic, or rudimentary for that matter, something appears to be: simple never automatically means subtle. Tomorrows Tulips’  Alex Knost and Christina Keyes approach simple with ideas that are born and bred with the most pure of intentions: faded, stone-drenched, wall-fuzzed rock/pop that reverbs with calming steam. Their debut, Eternally Teenage, is a starkly simple-approached success that finds the duo fleshing out garage rock with a dose of guitar-drenched sunlight that optimistically pierces through.

When you consider the heavy amount of blissful noise that is mixed in – albeit with the method that the less fidelity the better – Eternally Teenage is often, a myriad of solid ideas all swelled into one massive role. Songs like “Livingroom Sensative” melt around the sonic landscapes Knost creates and while Keyes’ style of drumming is surely reminiscent of Meg White’s fundamental sensibilities, it’s easygoing nature is a sure-fire winner for Knost’s heady, engulfing textures. The music shifts in and out of focus throughout sections at a time and on the aforementioned background taps and clatter is all intentionally left in. The realized fruition is an album that flexes at just the right time while maintaining a sturdy stance on variable qualities.

The title track firmly presents a dissimilar vibe and it acts as the album’s proper introduction. Acting somewhere in between the take-it-or-leave-it mist of No Age’s even-tempered style and the surging, yet lax sense of Real Estate, the music is surely influenced by some of indie’s forerunners in noisy / relaxing rock. Knost’s voice is somewhat of a hindrance in the way it never seems to really amount to much more than a serious quantity of warble, it’s a subtle leap that allows the attention to lay solely on the music. Songs like “Roses” taper with more subdued drums before rolling into an atmospheric fusion of cluttered harmonies and disjointed reverb. Guitars are allowed to fold into each other and the vocals carry throughout in an almost ghost-like delivery. There’s never a moment where everything sounds absolutely grand but there’s more than enough to warrant further attention.

There’s a strong resonance to remark on the sheer fact that it is a simple style of music that Tomorrows Tulips are attempting to tackle – all with the same amount of standardized tools. However, music has always been about displaying a strong resonance for sincere movements and Eternally Teenage does just that. If nothing more, it successfully conveys the tower of sounds that encompass one’s adolescent times and how nothing ever seems positively sure of itself. Maybe that’s the point and ultimately how one should approach life, keeping it simple and surely, strong.

Galaxia Records