Black Tambourine is a compilation album which collects all recorded material from one of the early 90s most over-looked indie bands, Black Tambourine. Having never heard of Black Tambourine before this album was released earlier this year, I was genuinely blown away by the brilliance of this collection. The scuzzy, low-fi distortion of Black Tambourine's guitar driven indie noise is, surprisingly, perfectly suited to lead singer Pam Berry's melancholy, lovelorn voice which floats through the music as if from a great distance.
I find it hard to funnel bands into genres, but Black Tambourine lie somewhere between indie and alt rock with some punk/grungeish influences. Listen to if you like The Strokes, Iggy and The Stooges, The Pixies or The Ramones, although in all honesty the songs collected on this brilliant album make them so distinct, so uniquely brilliant, that it's a bit redundant trying to peg them with other bands.
Favourite songs are: For Ex-Lovers Only, Can't Explain, We Can't Be Friends and Throw Aggi Off the Bridge.
Go on! You wont regret it.