Tandem Felix – ‘Ryan Hoguet’, ‘How Strange, The Weather’ – Review
Lucan four-piece Tandem Felix follow up their recent support of Kodaline in the Olympia with the release of their new double A-Side single ‘Ryan Hoguet/How Strange, The Weather’ on Trout Records. As well as a digital release on Bandcamp, the band have also issued the single as a limited 7” record, with each sleeve featuring an individually hand-painted cover by Dublin artist Salvatore Fullam.
The single is sure to build on the momentum generated by the release earlier this year of the band’s debut EP, “Popcorn”. While “Popcorn” was likened favourably to Radiohead, ‘Ryan Hoguet/How Strange, The Weather’ has more of a Postal Service/Midlake-type vibe to it. This may be due to the fact that the new single was recorded mostly at home by lead singer David Tapley, resulting in a sparser, intimate sound in comparison with its predecessor.
‘Ryan Hoguet’ is a dreamy, mellow track featuring some interesting dynamics and an impressively understated guitar solo but the stand-out of the two songs is most definitely ‘How Strange, The Weather’. The song is apparently written about overcoming a creative slump. If only all creative slumps could be this impressively out-manoeuvred.
The song opens with angelic harmonies complimented by a beautifully simple acoustic melody line before breaking down to near silence. A sparse guitar lick leads us to the outro refrain of ‘stormy the weather, out across the moor’.
To these ears, the song as a whole has more of the feeling of a long summer’s evening than a stormy day on the moor, but that’s a minor quibble. Overall it’s a thoroughly satisfying three-and-a-half minutes that improves with repeat listening.
Tandem Felix will officially launch the single with a show in The Button Factory on December 11th with support from Other Creatures.
You can buy the two-track album from Bandcamp.
Review by Mark O’Brien