TUNE Mumble Tide - Love Thing
Following hot on the heels of 'Bad Match', Bristol duo Mumble Tide return with 'Love Thing', the title track from their forthcoming debut EP, set for release on 13th November through Nothing Fancy. Navigating both the excitement and anxieties of a new relationship, the song 'Love Thing' was one of the first Gina Leonard wrote for Mumble Tide.
“We had tried a bunch of different versions of it in the studio when we were still figuring out our sound but nothing was really sticking." says Gina, "In the end we took it back to my folks in Cambridge and spent a week working in it and everything clicked into place. It’s pretty sweet and hopefully one to lift your spirits. Our label buddy Benjamin Woods (The Golden Dregs) kindly laid down his tasty beats for us.”
Mumble Tide is the project of Bristol based Gina Leonard & Ryan Rogers and has the sound of two people falling back in love with making music, trusting their feelings and just having fun with it.
“Mumble Tide was born during a tricky time where I was feeling quite restricted in other projects.” explains Gina, “Lots of what I was writing was getting rejected for being say... too sweet, or too silly or too simple. It became increasingly frustrating binning songs and to find that Ryan was up for embracing a no rules, no questions approach turned out to be just the ticket. Creating Mumble Tide allowed me the chance to tip everything upside down and shake it. I was reminded of why I love writing songs.”
Working in a home studio (originally in Bristol, then in Cambridge at Gina’s parents during lock down), Gina will normally start the process by brining one of her songs to the room and Ryan focusing on the production, something that despite being in various musical projects over the last few years, he had largely overlooked, instead letting the more experienced in the room take the lead.
“At first when Gina and I decided to do some tracks together, I was very focused on just capturing her songs without over-complicating them. But the more we experimented and collaborated, the more we wanted to embrace the DIY production world we were creating together. We stopped trying to be technical or serious and stopped worrying about not knowing the right way to do things. We both played everything how we wanted, recorded it how we wanted and mixed it how we wanted. Just fun and easy and messy.”
With this new found freedom the pair have spent these last months in a buzz of activity and creativity. Shooting music videos with friends, creating their own artwork and press shots and most of all writing and recordings songs, and lots of them.