If its chiseled grizzle and affinity for lumberjack plaid aren't a tip-off for indie-folk band The Moondoggies Pacific Northwest roots, the sounds from their new album, Tidelands, will certainly give it away. The Seattle-based band released its third album on Oct. 12 before setting off on a tour across the States with fellow indie-soul outfit, Dawes.
The Moondoggies acknowledge a recurring theme of water in its music and Tidelands is no exception. In the song, "It's a Shame, It's a Pity," The Moondoggies melodic a cappella sound builds like a smooth, salty wave lapping into the Puget Sound with a few drum heavy, pounding whitecaps, pouring its thoughts about the values of personal freedom.
Similarly, the album’s title track runs a varying sound spectrum of rugged, achingly bluesy sentiments culminating into a soft ode to abandoning worry for the far-off tideland. The song, “Empress of the North,” plays out the tale of a love lost and left to the ever-present resolve of the ocean and the night’s sky. The song is a beautifully simple acoustic number that will leave your heart melting like butter on the flapjack of a Clallam Bay logger.
Much of Tidelands touches on the desire to be far from civilization, lost in the realm of the mind. One could surmise from its writing that perhaps The Moondoggies have penned Tidelands as more an ode to a vast sea of thought, rather than simply to a body of water. The album as a whole is ethereally beautiful and carries the mind away in escape much like the going tide recedes into a Moondoggie-lit night.