Review: Tying Tiffany – Dark Days, Bright Nights

Tying Tiffany has always been a tough artist to pin down. The Italian experimentalist is constantly mixing up her essence, occasionally jarringly, always interestingly. She’s sometimes straight-ahead pop, other times noise maker, other times still industrial-flavoured chanteuse. You really never know what you’re getting when you dive into one of her records.

As you move from track to track on Dark Days, White Nights, this rule of thumb is front and centre. But it’s no less terrific for that. In fact we’d go so far as to say this is her most consistently listenable album to date with a key difference being, instead of a collection of different styles of songs living under the same roof, these songs each seem to blend the different stylings together into a potent mix within the three-to-four minutes of each track. It works very nicely. There’s a consistent high-energy flow to the album and keeps things moving quickly and efficiently. There are a lot of stand-out tracks here. The pop-flavoured “Dark Day”, the almost-Sisters of Mercy influenced “New Colony” (one can actually hear a bit of a Sisters influence in many corners of the album), the relentless, pounding “She Never Dies”, the dance-influenced synth-plodder “Unleashed” – there’s a lot of good stuff here.

It’s not flawless. If there’s a drawback to the synthesis of the competing styles condensing into each song it’s a samey-same quality that can occasionally rear its head, but all told when the song writing is this solid it becomes a minor quibble. As much avant guard artist as musician Tiffany is an important artist in our genre and she’s carved out a distinctive place for herself. Each record finds her more and more self-assured and she’s only getting stronger as she goes…

Watch: Drownin’


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