And the album of the month is Tender New Signs by Tamaryn.
Here’s a magnificent release that proves dreampop and shoegaze isn’t just alive, it’s thriving. The genre never has died, it’s been alive and kicking since in it’s inception and it’s influence can be heard in billboard topping acts like Silversun Pickups to critically acclaimed indie releases like that of Yuck.
Tamaryn’s Tender New Signs, is a masterpiece of lush ambient dreamscapes, ghostly melodies and aloof yet encompassing beauty. With the airy and seductive vocals of songstress Tamaryn and the skilled guitar leading of her creative partner, Rex John Shelverton, the duo have created a nine track release of immersing sound, imagery and emotion traversing through webs of light and darkness. A must hear for all shoegaze and indie fans that will surely become a staple in the genre in due time.
If you have yet to hear this album, I highly recommend it. You won’t be disappointed. It’s a musical piece of art, perfect for getting lost in on cool fall days or hazy summery nights. For more on Tamaryn see my previous post on them HERE.
2.While You're Sleeping, I'm Dreaming
9.Violet's in a PoolOfficial site: http://tamarynmusic.com/
Official facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tamaryn
Buy Tender New Signs on Itunes: HERE
Tamaryn - I'm Gone
The infamous wall of sound has served the needs of many shoegazing bands. Layers of crunchy distorted guitars, lead guitars drenched in everything from reverb, delay, phasers, and choruses and airy vocals that float above the instrumentation are trademarks of the genre. Tamaryn on the other hand has gone the route of simplicity. Their shoegazing minimalist approach worked wonders on their debut, the critically acclaimed The Waves. Tender New Signs continues in the same vain, stripping down the shoegazing fat into a carefully crafted, beautiful fragile ocean of sound. In place of a wall of distortion, there’s clear distinguishable guitar riffs, chord strumming and the fading in and out of notes and feedback. Cleaver use of a reverb and delay create the immense washes from a single guitar and yet retain enough clarity to allow perceivable notes to sound.
Another unique characteristic of Tender New Signs is the balance between lofi and hifi quality. The duo have an appreciation and knowledge on the vintage sound of shoegaze and dreampop and make great use of it. They offer up the beloved vintage, lofi warmth of the genre but in a polished modern production that works both to immerse the listener and allows discernability and easy access for any music fan. This balance of production is another step up from The Waves, and another front on which the band has improved. The other fronts being their refinement of their minimalist approach, melodies and lyrics.
Much like The Waves, Tender New Signs, has been met with a high praise from fans and critics since it’s debut. While the band is still a gem in the underground music world known only to a select few, their fanbase has had a modest increase. The biggest exposure the band has had was having their song, Violet’s In A Pool, featured in the hit fox series the Following. It’s always great to see a small but amazing band finally get some recognition.
I’ll end this post with another amazing track off Tender New Signs. Don’t forget to purchase the album, I did and it’s worthy every cent. And be sure to check out the band live whenever you can. I’ve been to one of their shows and the atmosphere and performance is totally magical.
Tamaryn - Heavenly Bodies