The key sign of good instrumental music for me is that it can tell a story without the need for vocals. This is exactly what you get from the self-titled debut EP from American alt rock outfit tick.tick.tick.
By Graeme Smith
tick.tick.tick. are a trio of musicians who have used their necessary hiatus in touring to do something a little different. Spread across the country from LA to Ohio to New Jersey, the EP was compiled physically distant from each other. If that sounds like a recipe for disaster, tick.tick.tick. is here to prove you wrong.
The EP’s four tracks are complex, rich and layered – clearly the product of lots of ideas bouncing back and forth, being edited and re-edited until they created a slick, interesting soundscape. A big pitfall of instrumental music can be that it gets caught in a loop, never changing and becoming dull. There’s no chance of that here. tick.tick.tick. feels like a car journey through ever-changing scenery.
A bright and airy intro track sets the tone, feeling a little like the theme to a children’s sci-fi series from the early ’90s. The brooding bit.quest. is next – the track I think best shows off that aforementioned slick, interesting soundscape. sally.stutters. takes things in a rock direction, characterised by grungy guitar and kicking drums. daily.routine. rounds things off and is perfectly-titled. Its melody plods along against a backdrop of distorted percussion.
If you’re looking for something to get lost in today, then definitely give tick.tick.tick. a try. You may just discover your new favourite band. For all the suffering that COVID-19 has brought, I’m certainly glad the enforced isolation has given birth to this project.
Check out tick.tick.tick. below. If you want to hear more like tick.tick.tick. check out our Decomposition playlist on Spotify.