February 21st, 2010 | Album reviews

Stream: VOICEsVOICEs “Tidal”


(from the VOICEsVOICEs/Gold Ether “Tidal”/”In Armies” 7″ out now on How To Fight)

VOICEsVOICEs (also appearing as Gold Ether) are the first band presented in How to Fight’s new 7” Animal Battle Series, featuring bands playing as themselves and then their alter-egos on the B-side. When I first heard VOICEsVOICEs were recording as Gold Ether, I figured it would sound something like Jadakiss—indecipherably masked vocals swirling through a psychedelic soundscape. While Gold Ether doesn’t go that far, they do rev up the BPM considerably. It’s like what VOICEsVOICEs probably listen to when they’re spinning at the gym, but it still sounds unmistakably like a VOICEsVOICEs song and will probably become a fan favorite if they play it live. The actual VOICEsVOICEs song, “Tidal,” sounds more like another band, with familiar beats and vocals around a reverbing guitar riff that wouldn’t be out of place on a Warpaint song, and it meanders through three-and-a-half minutes, which is about 2/3 the length of most VOICEsVOICEs songs. This is also the first VOICEsVOICEs song where you can actually hear their two separate voices harmonizing. I wore out their debut EP months ago, and these songs were good enough for me to play double-time until their Manimal EP released. This duo clearly has not even come close to hitting the wall artistically.

—Scott Schultz