We review the new single from Ross Tanbini – Seesaw
Despite hailing from Dundee, Ross Tanbini takes influence from somewhere that’s a world away, the Seattle Grunge scene of the 90’s.
Seesaw is very much a product of the genre, not pushing any boundaries past that initial influence. In an effort to truly recapture the sound coming out of the scene that’s thirty years gone.
As a track itself, it does exactly that, it’s a grunge track filled with moody atmosphere, distinct guitar sounds that carry a hard edge that isn’t quite metal, whilst also not carrying the same messages as punk.
Seesaw instead takes influence from its contemporaries once again, pointing the view of the subject inwards, and takes a look at a fluctuating mental state. A state of mind that is in constant flux, “up and down like a seesaw”, as the chorus goes. It’s punchy and to the point, getting the message across whilst the other lyrics spiderweb outwards to explore other lyrical avenues.
As far as the musicianship goes, Tanbini is known for being a multi instrumentalist, and showcases the amount of talent and years of experience right here. The guitars riffs are strong and catchy, the bass is solidly ingrained in there, and the drums are full of flourishes. The use of tempo changes between chorus and verses is quite notable as well, just adding to the flair of Seesaw.
Tanbini’s vocals are probably the most interesting part of the track musically, switching between gentle crooning during some of the verses, a powerful wale during the chorus, and a raspy half scream during the bridge. It’s an amazing range on display, and one that Tanbini has put to good use throughout his catalogue of music.
Seesaw as a whole does what it sets out to. It sets it’s sights on the grunge genre and looks to tackle and master it. And it does exactly that, it captures the idea of 90’s grunge and bottles it, distilling down the core elements of the genre and turning it into a love letter. It’s a slight deviation from the recent album Wavering, being a slight bit softer than the intensity and heaviness of Wavering’s lineup. It’s another solid step forward and could be charting the course for Tanbini’s next big project.