Cork duo Colourtide are flying the flag for unsigned bands everywhere, using the resources of the internet and alternative media to promote their self-produced debut album. Underwater has clearly been a real labour of love for John Brennan and Aidan O'Driscoll, which is both its greatest strength and biggest weakness. This is smooth adult pop, built around gentle keyboards and intimate vocals, and all very tastefully arranged and produced. At times, however, it's just a little too polished and over the course of the album its mood of relentless serenity becomes monotonous. A very worthy effort, which deserves to be heard - but next time it would be nice to hear Colourtide push the boat out a little.