Your Friend is the guitar, voice and loops project of Taryn Miller, who releases Gumption straight from finishing a tour with Courtney Barnett. On this album Miller perfects the rich DIY pop and sad indie of her Jekyll/Hyde EP. Like that release, her powerful voice dominates here, but is accompanied by glistening samples and lush textures. Domino have put this record out on vinyl LP (with download code) and CD.
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Imagine you are starting a band. What would you call it? The Lost Match? Linen? Ramshackle Shrubbery? The Light Pours Out of Me? Strange Outhouse? Nope you plump for Your Friend because……because I have no idea.
Luckily Taryn Miller (that’s better already) makes lovely drifting music that is much more otherworldly than that moribund name. She has a sweeping, swooning androgynous voice which glides above keening electronics and atmospheric guitars. On album highlight ‘Come Back For It’ she sounds like Wild Beasts playing the more stretched-out moments of Jeff Buckley’s ‘Grace’. Its rather lovely. This album isn’t going to be the easiest thing to get into. It blends electronics and guitars in a quite lovely way and everything is muted in that kind of Fleetwood Mac ‘Albatross’ manner, especially ’Nothing Moved’ which is graceful but slow moving. The voice is quite exquisite at times but you are going to have to give it time to grow and you’d probably better be on board with Thom Yorke’s whine to enjoy it thoroughly.. ‘Gumption’ begins with the line ‘no-one ever ages quite how they envisage’ and I’m reminded of Julia Holter’s latest opus and it’s unusual twists and turns.
The album is like being submerged slowly, it’s will disarm through texture rather than knockout songs. It might be too slow….I need a bit of a change of pace by the time the final track rolls around but it’s a nice atmospheric sound.
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