Album Review

Tuff Love - Resort

‘Resort’ allows their promise to be condensed into a single release, and if a debut album follows soon, the momentum could take them to big things.

Tuff Love - Resort

Tuff Love’s three EPs - 2014’s ‘Junk’, and last year’s ‘Dross’ and ‘Dregs’ - showed them as one of the most promising fuzz pop bands in the UK, all sugar-sweet melodies and crunching choruses. ‘Resort’, a compilation of these trio of releases and discography of sorts, flows as an LP surprisingly well considering the fragmented time in which they were recorded and originally released.

Through opener ‘Sweet Discontent’ to recent ‘Dregs’ highlights ‘Duke’ and ‘Crocodile’, the progression Julie Eisenstein and Suse Bear have made across the three releases is abundantly clear. Placing all three EPs on one release now they’re undoubtedly a bigger band not only gives a greater exposure to the excellent but largely under-the-radar ‘Junk’ tracks, but ranks up the excitement for LP1 proper, which is expected later this year.

The lead single from ‘Dross’, ‘Slammer’, is the highlight, an intoxicating loud-and-quiet cut that deserves to be the hit it never quite became on original release, while closer ‘Carbon”s emo twang shows the pair to be far from one-dimensional. The ‘Junk’ tracks that open the record now possess none of the level-headedness and nouse of ‘Dregs’, but keep an exuberance and endearing naivety that could only come from a band’s very first songs.

It’s not clear how far Eisenstein and Bear have got with preparations for the album, but ‘Resort’ seems an effective tool with which to take stock and move forward, while also presenting a full body of work to many who the EPs have passed by.

Tuff Love’s never-ending touring schedule in 2015 brought them to the attention of many - slots with Ride at the Roundhouse, and sets at Latitude and Glastonbury as the biggest draws - but without a singular release to fully build upon. ‘Resort’ allows their promise to be condensed into a single release, and if a debut album follows soon, the momentum could take them to big things.

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