New Music: Tourists

18th June 2016

The rise of indie-popping, dream-synth music has been inspired of late, with many acts crawling out of the cracks to debut their otherworldly pop mantras. The genre was honed by the likes of Foals and Hurts, but now it is time for the world to take note of Torquay-based visionaries Tourists.
The five-piece formed in 2013 and since then, following a line-up switcheroo and launch of two EPs, Tourists have released their most accomplished single to date.
Initially Quiet Room lacks bite, beginning in no man’s land, but is later nourished with heavy bass. The sweet spot lies in the honeyed vocals, which invite you along on a journey of lost love, religion and growth. Pedal-ridden guitar melodies explore new heights and make way for elements of ‘90s synth, Daft Punk style. The piquant trance is the vital ingredient that sets it apart from lesser indie tracks. Just when the song couldn’t possibly offer more, a short sample of Stephen Fry discussing the importance of religious unbelief is layered over plinky guitars.
It is a melting pot of indie, electronic and funk – a glimmer of hope in the murky, muddled world of synth pop. Remix fanatics are sure to have a field day with this release, as it sets the perfect premise for summer experimentation.
Advocates of Tourists include BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, BBC Introducing and XFM. They have been creating quite a storm, landing themselves in Spotify’s Global Viral 50 chart and performing as part of BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend build up.
The band’s summer tour is comprised of five dates across the South West and their first headline show in London. This is in anticipation for the release of their debut album, which is due to be produced by James Bragg.

There is a mesmerising confidence in these boys that is ever-present, quietly though. From earning fans in high places to building their increasing online presence, the Devon-based band never seem to stop. Their sound is distinctive, despite clear influences. Quiet Room is layer upon layer of sugar-spun, sky is the limit utopia, packed into six minutes. If Tourists’ Quiet Room really is a mellow, effortless haven, we can’t wait to enter.
Words by Samantha Ewen

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