It all started at a Grammy camp in 2009 where artists Innocent Tswamuno and Dan Song first met and bonded over their mutual affection for multi-instrumental production techniques. A week later, they parted ways, with Tswamuno settling in New York City while Song set up shop in Los Angeles. This distance, however, didn't deter the pair from collaborating over the years even as they pursued their own individual musical goals. Innocent handled production duties for various east coast hip-hop and R&B acts while Dan earned his degree in audio production and eased into session work in LA.
However, their separation would soon end as, during the first week of 2016, Innoncent sent Dan a new song -- and during an online session discussing the track, they realized that the past seven years of collaboration had been building up to something much larger than they had ever considered. Two weeks later, Dan was visiting Innocent in New York City, his first trip there. The two musicians buried themselves in a Brooklyn studio, and TIDES was born. Amassing a small army of influences, the two dug into the histories of R&B, electronic music and indie pop to create their own unique and utterly compelling viewpoint on modern music.
The result of those Brooklyn sessions was "Crossroads," a 4-track EP self-released in February of this year. Dredging their various influences and finding common threads within them all, they created a fascinating and vivid portrait of urbane grooves and soul-saturated rhythms that mesh effortlessly with the different electronic atmospheres the band explores.
On their new video for "Lovely Day," the band now adds arresting visuals to this dizzying array of sounds, allowing them to find a perfect balance between the track's inherent pop buoyancy and the grey shades of the world around us. Piano chords trickle through the speakers as clacking percussion rises to fill the spaces within the song.
According to the band: "'Lovely Day' dives into the joy and ecstasy of being in love with someone, how it makes it easier to wake up and face each day. How it inspires you to want to dedicate everything you have to the one you love just so they can be happy. Your joy is theirs, and their joy is yours. The childlike, fervent love which to try and describe comes off cliche because something so great is hard to put into words. On the flip side, the fear of not wanting to mess up something so great is also there. You'll do all you can to keep it right and tight!"
Following an unnamed woman as she traverses the wintry streets of New York City, the video allows Innocent's voice to act as a buffer against the harsh environments in which she finds herself. The song's laid-back vibes and upbeat narrative act as a guard against the realities which seem to brush up against her at every turn.