Brisbane’s Kyle Lacko, aka Tidal Peak, recently released his self-produced EP Lonely Spring-the follow up to his 2018 debut album The Shallow Surface and companion Demolition EP. Lonely Spring expands on the best parts of Kyle’s previous work creating a collection of impeccably vibrant dream-pop best enjoyed loud on headphones.

The title track opens the EP with sweeping guitars and synths soon met with driving percussion and Kyle’s vocals. Throughout the track and the rest of the EP, Kyle brings a wealth of influences from New Order to The Church, with a touch of The Cure for good measure. Although the release’s inspirations are obvious, Tidal Peak sets himself apart with gloriously layered vocals and expansive instrumentals.

Lead single Molecular is a stunning duet, showcasing Kyle and Lucy Korts’ vocals with a wonderful resonance that sounds like it is made to be to listened while driving in a tunnel. The track also features an expectedly delightful instrumental passage, which is reminiscent of the best kind of carnival music.

Dark Clouds Gather Once More changes the sound again, this time utilising some fantastic spaghetti western guitars and more frantic percussion. The track closes with a magnificent instrumental that deserves to feature as the score for an epic horse-riding scene but in a science fiction noir film.

On the following tracks Nocturnal and Gullsong, Tidal Peak continues the vividly filmic soundscapes, sustaining stimulation through the introduction of new sounds and moods. The first of the two tracks is a synth driven odyssey while the EP’s closer features prominent guitars and tribal inspired percussion. 

On Lonely Spring, Tidal Peak manages to produce a record that is superbly cinematic, fascinating and a true joy to listen to from beginning to end.

Lonely Spring is out now via Bandcamp.


This review of Tidal Peak’s EP ‘Lonely Spring’ is courtesy of Phoenix Radio’s Emerge program, hosted by Calen Le Couteur and Russell Thompson. Follow Emerge and tune in on Monday nights 7-9PM HERE.