Time and Tide Wait For No Man (LOV029)
01. Crisp Winter
02. Forget Him
03. River Letters
04. Lovely Drug
05. Stealing Hearts
06. Poison Wings of a Butterfly
08. Lights Out
Don't let the sparseness of the traditional guitar, bass, and drum kit set-up catch you off guard: Dame Fate is a trio prepared to impress and captivate listeners unaware. Time and Tide Wait For No Man, Dame Fate's debut full-length, is an exercise in deceptive simplicity and shimmering beauty. The group features a member of renowned pop group Tuscadero and has been described as a blend of Chrissie Hynde, Mazzy Star, and My Bloody Valentine. Hailing from Washington, D.C., the three women weave rumbling bass lines with ethereal guitar flourishes to produce an album whose solid pop core is overlaid with hints of melancholy and wistfulness.
Yalan's rich alto complements the beautiful meanderings of guitar and sharp drum beats. Alternating between a hush and a roar, her voice perfectly captures her lamentations of lost loves and passions both reciprocated and unrequited. Yalan's poetic vocals, coupled with her particularly resonant bass tones, swirl and spin into an elegant and pensive reverie.
Melissa uses her guitar to layer on strings of hypnotic interludes, and Speck's traps provide crisp and textured counterpoints. Melissa's guitar glides over the lush vocals, at times occupying the main soundscape and then suddenly fading into the background with carefree embellishment. Speck's drums snap with immediacy and partition Yalan's sustained voice.
Time and Tide Wait For No Man was recorded by Phil Manley (Trans Am) and Jerry Busher (Fugazi) and mastered by Chad Clark (Smart Went Crazy, Beauty Pill.)