Tamaryn marries the always-welcome sound of shoegaze with celestial pop songs, the waveringly massive (and often groovy) backgrounds of guitar and synth supporting some bold pop vocals. Cranekiss, Tamaryn's third album, has to be their finest effort so far. On Mexican Summer, with a bonus booklet accompanying the indies-only LP.
Vinyl LP £10.22 MEX2021
Indies only LP + 24-page booklet on Mexican Summer.
- Indies only
8/10 Jack 1st March 2018
I'm new to Tamaryn but my immediate impression is that this is a very competent and sure-footed move away from earlier "shoegazer" releases. I'd describe as pleasantly reminiscent of Hooverphonic and Bel Canto -- but "Cranekiss" doesn't feel dated at all. Truly enjoyable from start to finish. It's the perfect mix of pop sheen and gothic shadow. Songs lusty enough to get you on the dance floor, while also ruminating enough for a darkened bedroom listen while pondering life's cruel eccentricities.
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