The Tamborines debut album, Camera and Tremor, was a mass of swirling fuzz. Here, on their sophomore album, Sea Of Murmur, that psychedelic fug has given way to their melodic tendencies. They cite many great bands as influencing their sound including Teenage Fanclub, Sebadoh, The Velvet Underground, The Clean, My Bloody Valentine and Field Mice.
Lyrically, the subjects are more emotional and seem to tell the story of a fading relationship. Drummer, Lulu Grave describes the album as "a more personal and humane statement" and "a more candid and primitive record" than it's predecessor.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 01 April 2015
Although I like surprises, sometimes it's nice for things to be exactly as you expect them. There must have been a band called The Tamborines before - there simply has to have been. In any case you’d expect a band with that moniker to have 60’s mop-top hair, fey vocals, jangly guitars and winsome melodies…. and that’s exactly what you get here (actually not checked on the hair yet).
Opener ‘Another Day’ kick starts the long overdue Razorcuts revival and whilst they’ve added a few distorted guitars on ‘Black and Blue’ this is still firmly in the twee-pop territory. Fans of the Radio Department and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are going to be spluttering their fizzy pop with excitement - their girl/boy duo line up also reminds me of under the radar pop practitioners such as Cowboy and Spin Girl. I like a little bit of progression in my music though and it’s probably fair to say that had they existed in the 80’s/’90’s The Tamborines would be snugly signed to Sarah Records and it certainly sounds like they haven’t heard or been influenced by a note of music since.
They are trapped in a twee pop cardigan complete with Subway Records button badges, use well worn chord patterns and vaguely hand me down melodies nothing to get too excited about but as I said earlier getting exactly what you expect is sometimes fun.
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