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Sunda Arc are brothers Nick Smart and Jordan Smart. Best known as members of folk- and jazz-influenced minimalists Mammal Hands they may be, but this fine piece of jazz and ambient-tinged electronica continues Sunda Arc’s process of establishment as a crucial act in their own right.

Building on their splendid debut EP Flicker, Tides is a vital piece of work. Songs reveal themselves with gradual aplomb throughout the record, particularly the pulsing “Hymn” and the sonorous “Vespers,” examples both of a band finding their feet and really starting to bare their teeth as a potent and vibrant force. This is without doubt one of the most creative and atmospheric electronica releases of 2020 so far. It is unlikely to be bettered this year. (

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