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Tamaryn – Tender New Signs album review

Tamaryn returns with the eagerly awaited sequel to 2010’s “The Waves”.

This was the hardest review to date for me. Normally, I can find something I like about the album. Maybe I’m getting old, but I find “shoegaze” is as boring as shit. I started writing this as I listened, with the hopes that some positive review would emerge. I wanted to like this album. I really did. It sounded so promising: Narco-folk dream pop. What’s not to like? I couldn’t even fathom what that might sound like.

Here’s the problem. The songs are multilayered, yet virtually indistinguishable from one another. They’re good; don’t get me wrong. I just found it tiresome to hear the same thing over and over for 40 minutes. It’s like trying to catch a fish with fettuccine alfredo: the ingredients are all there, but you’re missing a hook. The closest we get to something that doesn’t stretch time itself is “The Garden”, the 6th of 9 tracks, which boasts a nice and fuzzy guitar opener, the song containing a little more meat to it than the rest of the album.

I don’t usually endorse this, but the best way to listen to Tender New Signs might have to be while enjoying BC’s Finest. Light up and wind down.

By Aaron Peart

If Aaron hadn't chosen to snowboard for the rest of his life, music would easily fill that hole.

Avid gig-goer when finances and scheduling allows, he has seen everyone from Del tha Funky Homosapien to the Rolling Stones to Sharon Jones.

An off-the-cuff writer, he started writing after he realised he would forget main aspects of the topic he spoke about... turned out he liked it. His non-musical musings can be found at the link below where you never really know what will come up. And yes. He is related to Neil.

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