Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Artist Spotlight: Hightide Hotel

2011 was a tough year for the emo scene.  Within a span of just months, Joie De Vivre, Grown Ups, and beloved twinkle-kings Snowing all bade their adieus to the community, prompting neck-bearded basement-dwellers all over America to be that much more bummed out.  But amongst the sadness and turmoil lurked a much-overlooked release from Philadelphia's Hightide Hotel, a collective that had established itself in the lower echelons of the emo community via Nothing Was Missing, Except Me, a stellar debut full length dropped back in 2010, with 2011 witnessing the release of follow-up Secret Somethings: Vol. 2.

With the start of a new year, Hightide Hotel have released their follow-up to SSv2, with the third installment of the Secret Somethings series marking the presence of a band that isn't bidding the scene farewell just yet.  Even including its five bonus tracks, which offer the listener some perspective on the Philadelphia trio's propensity for intimate live settings, the release still clocks in at under half an hour.  All in all, Secret Somethings: Vol. 3 is but the next offering from a group that understands how to turn life's less promising moments into immediately lovable twinkle-daddy jams.

Stream Secret Somethings: Vol. 3 over at their bandcamp.

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