EP Review: T.I.G.Y. – Sunny Dog Days

T.I.G.Y. is a Dorking-based dream pop duo who have just released their debut EP Sunny Dog Days. Produced by Cameron Blackwood (who has previously worked with the likes of Billie Marten and George Ezra), the EP is six tracks that explore human nature. Here’s my track by track rundown.

By Graeme Smith

The EP opens with Only Way To Let The Light In. It starts with a heartbeat of a electronic bass, teamed with layers of synth and the delicate vocals of singer and lyricist Bailey Tzuke. The dark opening develops into something bright and life-affirming, reflecting the message of the lyrics – mistakes forge your path. It’s a strong start.

Positively Melancholy is an aptly-titled track that blends the downbeat with the upbeat expertly. Musician and composer Matthew Racher creates a classic sound, channeling retro ’80s influences with modern pop sensibilities. Bailey’s vocals are warm and inviting, but give a sense of uncertainty during a soaring chorus.

When You’ve Had Enough is a love song. It starts dark and pensive. Keys and percussion set the tone and the vocals do so much to convey the feeling of pain that often accompanies romance. It builds to a cathartic, uplifting chorus that speaks of the loyalty that only comes from true connection. It’s a beautiful moment and an EP highlight.

The second half of the EP is kicked off by So Much Wonder. There’s a brightness to it, but the lyrics remain complex, nuanced and relatable. Much of Bailey’s lyrics were inspired by the poetry of her late aunt. In fact, the duo’s name T.I.G.Y. is an acronym for ‘thoughts I give you’, the title of her aunt’s diary. There’s a strong sense of her voice here, providing advice posthumously.

Monsters explores the feeling of making yourself small to fit the expectations of others. It has a stripped-back but textured instrumental arrangement that pushes the experimental side of T.I.G.Y.’s sound and, for that reason, proves to be another highlight. At the track’s midway point, a dance beat enters and the introspection gives way to a sense of letting go.

There’s just enough time left for an alternative version of Only Way To Let The Light In and, just like that, our time in T.I.G.Y.’s world is over for now. It’s a truly beautiful world, and one I’m looking forward to getting lost in again. I hope you connect with the EP as much as I did. You can check out Sunny Dog Days below.