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I feel an almost instant affinity with this band because a tamarin monkey (okay, it’s spelt slightly differently but it’s near enough) once pissed on my ex-wife in Cologne. It was proper funny. It still brings a smile to my face now. Amazing hairy tiny pissy things they are.
Pissing monkeys aside I’ve not heard these guys before. ‘Tender New Signs’ is their second album and the press release refers to it as having skygazing pop songs. Personally I’d call it shoegaze as you look at your feet when you hear music like this, not the skies (looking up = happy, looking down = miserable). It’s decent sounding polished indie pop a la shoegaze with thuddy Mary Chain esque drums, MBV style guitars (at moments) and wistful female vocals avec reverb. Bon! I’m reminded a little of The Raveonettes as well (more in sound than song style) and there’s hints of Mazzy Star in there ‘n all.
The production is pretty epic sounding giving it a really full sound. There’s nowhere to hide! Goodness aside it’s pretty derivative and it ain’t nothing new but what they do they do well and if you’re hankering for more shoegazey pie then you can grab a slice of it here.
8/10 The Doc Customer review, 30th September 2015
At a first listen, it’d be easy to write this off as the derivative work of nothing more than a bunch of shoegaze revivalists, but repeated spins reveal much more going on than you’d first think. You can get a pretty good idea of what this record sounds like just by running through a list of its most obvious influences. Cocteau Twins? Check. My Bloody Valentine? In escapable. Dead Can Dance? Sure, why not. How about the Cure? Yep, so much so that there’s a moment towards the end of the second side when a long, spiralling guitar intro sounds so much like something from their Disintegration-era that it’s a surprise when the vocals kick in and it’s not Fat Bob singing.
But if it’s so easy to describe the sound by referencing these other bands, what makes the record so good? The overall production for one – an icy neon glow, a glossy surface sheen that hides soundscapes of real depth and beauty underneath, not to mention Tamaryn’s spellbinding, witchy vocals. There’s been a lot of this stuff around since Still Corners first burst onto the scene with their magnificent debut album and sometimes it can be hard to distinguish between bands and albums when all the guitars are phased, everything’s drenched in reverb and vocals are delivered as hushed incantations rather than sung, but for fans of that kind of thing there’s plenty to love about this one, and it’s sufficiently different to really stand out.
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