Published Jul 08, 2008It's a minor irk but there is no definitive way to properly spell this Swedish group's name. Is it Tiedye, TieDye or as we'd assume, Tie Dye? The fact that their minimal website spells it all three ways in the limited text that there is proves to be even more frustrating. Even worse though is that there is almost next to nothing to know about them other than they are from Sweden and just signed to the rather brilliant Italians Do It Better imprint.
But one listen to Tie Dye's debut twelve-inch, a cover of Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters," and you're completely Zen and forgiving of their enigmatic approach. Okay, so there's virtually no real evidence that this is indeed the single lifted from 1991's Black Album, other than their word. Tripped out in the similar Balearic trance that made countrymen Studio so endearing, the white sandy beach feel certainly builds on the original's mellower mood, but the lack of vocals and er, completely different melody make me wonder if this isn't just some piss-take. Even the metallic riffs come off more like some incidental score from Miami Vice, largely because of the hypnotic rhythms and overly Euro groove alongside.
If you like this then at their site you can also download (for free) another track, the Eastern-tinged "Don't Dub Around Here No More Edit (VRS#2)," as well as a remix of Rubie's "I Feel Electric."