Karhide – Acadia
Since Nottingham's Ann Arbor called it a day a couple of years back, mainman Tim Waterfield has kept largely out of the limelight, splitting his time between the US and UK and keeping himself busy producing bands and as owner of the impeccable Field Records. Now back with his new project Karhide, apart from the help of SanZen drummer Scott Briggs, Waterfield is responsible for absolutely everything on Acadia, the band's solid debut album. Dealing in a brand of instrumental alt-rock that touches on the world of Pelican and Jesu, Acadia is a sterling effort that contains some cracking moments. While Acadia doesn't boast the same jaw-dropping innovation that make the likes of Maybeshewill and 65daysofstatic so appealing, or indeed the brilliant dynamics of Russian Circles, the slow-burning 'Ride' and the raging guitars of 'Penobscot' certainly push the right buttons.
All things considered Acadia is a sturdy platform for Karhide to build upon.
- Mt. Desert