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5.0 out of 5 stars Bring On The Drowning, 22 Sep 2010
Gannon (Manchester, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Waves (MP3 Download)
Shoegaze is more than aptly named, capturing its inward-looking esotericism accurately. Though firmly aligned with the masters of this genre, Tamaryn seems to have loftier ambitions. Her dreamy washes are mesmeric all right, yet they seem to look out over The Waves of her debut LP towards the horizon in wonder. It may be that "skygaze" is sometimes the more appropriate here.

Whatever, and now after relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area with collaborator Rex John Shelverton, Tamaryn's nine tracks nevertheless run the gamut of shoegaze. Ranging from the predictable fan-fic of "Dawning" to the revelatory "Sandstone", she has quite a lot to say, even if it's delivered in a familiar voice.

The black-hearted bass work of the title track is a showpiece borrow, suiting the foreboding vocal repeat and accompanying glassy-eyed stare to a tee. It's a steal worth repeating, and its growl returns for the closer "Mild Confusion", which froths with sexual energy and is mysterious in its depths, crests and lulls.

There's a dignity to the album's slowcore chiming throughout and "Love Fade" reprises it almost verbatim from the opener, seemingly blowing that track back in as an chilly echo. In turn, "Haze Interior" is a further degraded form of that same sound, Tamaryn this time lulling the listen towards assisted unconsciousness above hyper-stoned waves of flat-lining equipment. Splitting the difference between The Cocteau Twins' ethereality and Mazzy Star's dream-pop, "Choirs Of Winter" completes the set of nods to its rather apparent influences with a dash of you-know-who's brand of drone.

Yet, perhaps unavoidably, the cornerstone of The Waves is "Sandstone". In between chattering loops of optimistic, organ-like parps that fill the track's cavernous chambers, Tamaryn sweeps in with an enveloping vocal current that is more than easy to drown in.

There'd be much worse ways to go too than walking straight in, never to return.

Advised downloads: "Sandstone" and "Mild Confusion".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff, 24 April 2013
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I went to see this band live before I had heard anything thing by them, they blew me away! The summary of a 'shoegazing' style band hooked me. If you enjoy the sounds of 'Mazy Star' then this is for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Storming the heavens again, 23 Sep 2010
avl06 (The Village) - See all my reviews
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Tamaryn must have recorded this in the same cave that The Verve put on the cover of their seminal debut A Storm in Heaven, and picked up the Verve's sky-scraping guitar and surging bass while they were at it. I've no problem with that; coupled with a Mazzy Star-esque vocal, you have an early 90's mirage of an album come shimmering out of the desert haze into 2010. Wonderful stuff.
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