Teen Folk Heroes -Tumbler’s “Come to the Edge”

~Tirhakah Love (@GoonTherapy)

Tumbler’s album “Come to the edge” is a teeny folk dream imbibed with aged subtlty.

The “house we built from stone” on the song, “Week,” could symbolize quite a few things for British act Tumbler . The alternative rock band is a family first, its members, Harry, and Richard Grace, and keyboardist Dave Needham hammering the first bit of confidence upon listening to the brothers early recordings that led to such a solid folk base. But on Come to the Edge, it’s the band’s willingness to dab into teen-spirited uplift while maintaining a pretty pragmatic outlook on their lives. Perhaps due to their extensive life experience together, from dealing with divorce and remarriage to the immeasurable strain of dealing with the loss of loved ones, this trio finds hope in their ability to create music with one another as a practice of relief in a language of joy.

Tumbler can almost sound naive in their overwhelming optimism. Though the album opens with a bluesy distorted grit in “Black Sheep,” the band quickly picks up the mood in the epoch following. The rhythm section on “Don’t Take Much,” is a colorful bounce that seldom falls to gloom. Measured and even hushed in some moments, the quiet is fleeting, giving way to a resiliently passionate electric guitar. “Love’s much stronger than you and I know,” the Grace Brothers pine, as the wah pedal blossoms into a full-on electric romp. The jovialness can get campy at some points. “Falling” sounds like it could be ripped straight from a children’s television film–which, honestly, wouldn’t be a bad route for the band to take on–but at its best its a slyly less frenetic analog to Modest Mouse’s “Float On.” It’s catchy, but lacks the grit of “Black Sheep” and the narrative depth of “Don’t Take Much.”

Things become much more subdued in the latter portions of the album. “Week” is an indelibly alternative anthem with a determined polyrhythmic set on the drums. Their sporadic pace calls back the refrain sung cool by the Grace brothers, “we won’t be held in by the 9-5.” “Winter Cold Heart’s” drab imagery and “Diamonds in a Drawer’s” industrial clank exasperatingly duel on the back end of the project with “Joanna” brightening the mood with some angelic hums. But Tumbler is at their best when they’re getting their blues on. “Nothing To Hold You,” is deceptively subtle in its folk disposition. It feels counterintuitive to be so incredibly optimistic after losing grasp on a lover. But there’s a feeling of love that goes beyond possession here. “Lady are you leaving me?” he asks at the top of the jam. Upbeat and grateful, the freedom his lover exudes feels even more appreciated than the lover does. The band is adept at maximizing the positivity in harsh circumstance, balancing out innocuous, unbridled happiness with the contentment of endured pain.

Stream the album in full on Bandcamp:

Check out the “How Tumbler Began” mini-doc on Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwr6NcvgGG4

How the new album came about – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYn8FvdDwWs
About the songs on the new album – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVCfYS8MBp8


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