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Album Review // TUSKS ‘Dissolve’

TUSKS aka Emily Underhill emerges with mesmeric debut album Dissolve.

With co-producer Brett Cox she presents us with 10 powerful and compelling songs that will have you hypnotised yet awakened.

We enter the album patiently, with For You and False. With her minimalistic aesthetic TUSKS is developing her soundscape and individual process. There is a sense of drive throughout the first part of the album. This continues to blossom with Last, her second single from the album where influences like Explosions In The Sky can be identified. “It’s the feistiest track on the album. It was a bit of a fuck you to a person at the time who I’d invested loads of energy and time into who’d messed me around”, she says.

Her unique smooth tone is captivating alongside the textures that are created, it is the perfect series of songs to head into the cosier colder months. There is defiantly a time and place for this album and as the colder months approach, it allows you to become immersed in the delicate nature of the album. Dissolve, the first single from the album is the perfect example of this. The variety of dilatant moments she has constructed carries a strong sense of confidence and awareness.

Tracks like Paris and Ivy show the variety in her artistry, yet holding a common thread that can be established throughout. They both have a cinematic element that can be adapted to create an emotive atmosphere and response.

She winds things down with a Foals cover London Thunder, one of if not my favourite Foals song. Expectations already high almost unreachable, she had something to prove. She brought in her aesthetic without deconstructing it without repair.

Seeing as this is her debut TUSKS has a strong sense of self when expressing that. There is relentlessness from this young artist and the depth of layers in each track shows maturity. There is a risk with this particular genre of music, which is that it can become repetitive and a point of difference can’t surface. And at some stages I did find myself falling into that notion. It could be seen as a negative and a positive. Cohesiveness is an essential aspect of any artist and album but because of the delicacy that resonated, it gave it the time to process and develop it needed.