Exposé Online banner

PTS — Tides
(SI Music Simply Fortyseven, 1994, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 1994-08-01

Tides Cover artTake your typical 80s pop band (Mr.Mister, Tears for Fears, Simple Minds or any of a thousand others I've since willingly forgotten), give the keyboards more of a major role and you'll have half an idea how "Fading,” the opening track on Tides goes. After that the album settles out to an all-too-familiar neo-prog sound not far from Seasons End with a near Hogarth sound-alike in lead singer Marco de Haan, maybe with a bit more soul. A Dutch band that self-produced their first CD Nightlines a couple years ago, this — their second, is a vast improvement over the first, both in its writing and the band’s general cohesiveness. Still, most of the music here leaves me wanting. The band take it up and wind it down well enough, as evidenced on tracks like "The Spy,” "Where Are You,” "Island,” and the title track, yet they've taken the safe track, not straying far enough from the mainstream; for those who are looking for this type of sound, then PTS does it well, in fact better than most. Yet they have the potential to do far more adventurous things than they offer here, let's hope they go for it next time around.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 4, 1994 releases

Related artist(s): PTS

Latest news

2020-03-24
Bill Rieflin RIP – The sad news reaches us today of Bill Rieflin's death. Rieflin was best known as a drummer in bands ranging from post-punk to industrial to indie-rock to progressive rock, including work with The Blackouts, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Swans, Land, and King Crimson. Rieflin had been battling cancer for several years, and succumbed to it on March 24. He was 59. » Read more

2020-03-17
Cruise to the Edge and Seaprog 2020 Festivals Postponed – The worldwide outbreak of the novel coronavirus has started to produce casualties in the music world, and festivals are not immune. We've had word that both the Cruise to the Edge (originally slated for March 27 - April 1) and Seaprog (originally June 5-7) have been postponed to later dates, with those dates to be announced. » Read more

2020-03-06
McCoy Typer RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of one of the most influential pianists in the history of jazz, McCoy Tyner. His tenure with John Coltrane in the early 60s includes some of the most treasured recordings of the era, including My Favorite Things and A Love Supreme. After leaving Coltrane's group, he had a long and successful solo career. He was 81. » Read more

2020-02-18
Jon Christensen RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen, a musician whose sensitive playing did much to help define the atmospheric sound of ECM jazz recordings. His work with Jan Garbarek, Bobo Stenson, Terje Rypdal, and many more was sensitive and varied, adapting to a wide variety of styles while maintaining a distinct identity of its own. Christensen was 76. » Read more

2020-01-21
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Earthling Society - Beauty and the Beast – Beauty and the Beast is British based Earthling Society’s fourth full-length release, and seems to authentically capture that swirling heady psychedelic space rock sound out of an earlier era,...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues