Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Dvbbs & Borgeous – Tsunami

Davubbibs. And burgers. Davubbibs. And burgers. Davubbibs and burgers.


Scott Mildenhall: It could be either or neither a show of faith or an indictment that Tinie Tempah has been roped in for the UK radio version of this (fully failing to find the “fun” in “perfunctory”), but in its instrumental form its attempt at approximating as apocalyptic an atmosphere as “Animals” lives and dies by the drop, and unfortunately that doesn’t so much pound as skip (“la la, lalala lala”). It’s like they’ve tried so hard to be moody that it’s ended up a bit silly, but that still works.

Iain Mew: It said something about the changes in the musical climate of recent years to see a Dutch teenager scoring a US hit with as blunt and hard a dance record as “Animals”. It also says something to have an American and some Canadians go even further to the basics of it and get a big hit across mainland Europe.

Anthony Easton: Who knew that a town like Orangeville could produce something so intricate and difficult, with an elegant, gnarled structure? If this is the new four-kids-in-a-garage-playing-guitars, then I am in favour! (Especially if it means fewer Rush cover bands.)

Alfred Soto: Those clusters of hornet strikes signify aurally if you don’t live in a city in which they strike every few hours, instigated by certain radio stations. In 2007, this would have sounded provocative; now it’s looking for multitracked acoustic guitars and harmonies.

Patrick St. Michel: This was the most played song at the 2013 Tomorrowland festival and… whoa, wait, forget this boring tune, watch that festival’s official “aftermovie” for something far more overly dramatic.

Daniel Montesinos-Donaghy: Listening to the radio over the past couple of weeks, my ears have picked up on how the drop — or as it’s otherwise known “OHHHHH THIS IS THE BEST PART” — has become inverted. Perhaps it has to do with the success of Martin Garrix’s “Animals”, which too folded in on itself when it deserved to blare. Yet “Animals” had a sense of humour about itself and “Tsunami” has only a brief moment of cheeky inversion going for it. Its repetition should buffer each movement until the whole thing gleams with strength; instead, it reveals a gossamer structure.

Will Adams: The thunderous toms in the beginning promise the heft that this is aiming for. Unfortunately, they’re crowded out by the throbbing kick that already exhibited diminishing returns its first time around.

David Sheffieck: “Tsunami” is pure sugar-rush techno, and it instantly transports me back to high school, listening to Darude’s “Sandstorm” and headbanging in someone’s parents’ minivan after we’d convinced them to put on the CD single and oh man, it transports me back to feeling just so damn cool every time I heard it. Like all teenagers, I provided myself with a wealth of embarrassing stories. But I’m reliving this one now thanks to Dvbbs and Borgeous, who have managed to make a song that’s not technically derivative of “Sandstorm” in any way but that precisely hits every one of the unsubtle pleasure centers that “Sandstorm” did. There’s nothing here that isn’t at least slightly silly, nothing here that I won’t think back and shake my head at in another decade or so, but if I’m being honest? I listened to “Sandstorm” after this and enjoyed the hell out of it. There’s nothing wrong with silliness when it’s done this well.

Brad Shoup: This actually serves a state of restfulness quite well, even with the Glitterstompf boosted to oppressive levels. It’s more of a suite than a banger, with mincing synths alternating with vocal scramble and a pensive passage that should signal the drawp but is, instead, the end. If Hell has an amusement park, enjoy the tune.

Katherine St Asaph: When I was 13, I learned that no matter how many wavebound meet-cutes seemed possible, I wasn’t actually going to crash into my true love at the Emerald Pointe TSUNAMI WAVE POOL. More than 10 years later, I’ve learned that I’m lucky even to get a proper drop.

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2 Responses to “Dvbbs & Borgeous – Tsunami”

  1. I think this actually first surfaced around the same time as Animals (maybe before), but the similarity is definitely there.

  2. Yeah, I was cautious of labeling this as a direct rip-off because I wasn’t sure of the timeline. This whole LOUD and MINIMAL drop seems to be its own subgenre, not just an offshot of “Animals.”

    I must say that “Sandstorm” >> this.