In order for music to grow, it has to constantly seek new elements to implement. This can either happen through mixing different genres or through the use of new instruments. The band we are talking about today basically falls under category number two. Little Tybee is an indie rock group from Atlanta, Georgia who brought us their self-titled album on the June 3. And whether or not you like jazz or indie, you definitely should check them out.
As a guitarist, I can’t stress enough how mind-blowingly good Josh Martin. With his eight string, he brings some interesting, experimental but still very solid grooves to this LP. Through different techniques, some of which he coined himself, he lays down the most intricate melodies I’ve ever heard in this genre. But, of course, there is so much more to this band. The part of the lead melody is taken by the violin, played by Nirvana Kelly. She anchors the song in a way that is accessible to everyone and it feels like this keeps the songs from crumbling.
“Don’t Quit Your Day Job” is the first song I want to talk about. The song starts off pretty straight forward. Martin is playing a tapping riff with a tremolo-like glitch tapping technique and the violin plays quietly over the soft and fairly high vocals of singer Brock Scott. While I think that preference in the vocal department is highly subjective, Scott’s vocals sound very decent and fitting for this style of music. From time to time you can hear a xylophone playing, which emphasizes the incredible diversity this band shows in their work. The drums in this particular track are pretty standard, but I have to respect the overall dynamic of them throughout the record.
My favorite track on this album is definitely “Languid”. The fairly long intro reminded me of some old prog records and the overall atmosphere was just a little bit reminiscent of math rock band Covet. This time, the drummer plays a galloping rhythm which really stood out to me as it beautifully blended the rhythms of the many different instruments together. I also have to point out that the violin carries a big portion of this track, as the math-rock-esque melodies might not appeal to everyone. This furthers the feeling of accessibility of the record.
Little Tybee is definitely one of my favorite albums this year so far. It’s well produced, although the mix occasionally swallows some instruments, which definitely is negative for me. Otherwise, it’s full of intricate melodies, nuanced aspects and solid, accessible songwriting. However, don’t be fooled by its accessibility; this record can definitely be enjoyed by fans wanting to hear something technically astounding too. The main focus just still lies in the soul and feeling of the record. It’s the perfect balance between technicality and easily digestible music. I definitely wish to hear a lot more from Little Tybee in the future. What are your thoughts on this record?
FFO: Covet, David Beats Goliath
Notable Tracks: “Languid,” “Baritone,”“Don’t Quit Your Day Job”