The WavesAlbum | Tamaryn By T. Cole Rachel
Epic, sonically beautiful drones.
It’s a neat trick to be able to take a well-worn formula and make it sound new again, which is exactly what San Francisco duo Tamaryn do on their debut album. The formula in question here is fuzzed out, shoegazery guitar rock, an idiom that Tamaryn deconstruct with an approach nothing short of reverent. On tracks like “The Waves” and “Mild Confusion,” it’s impossible not to imagine the feedbacky ghosts of The Jesus and Mary Chain, Mazzy Star and Slowdive. The latter tune even boasts a bass line lifted almost note for note from The Verve’s “Slide Away.” “Love Fade” and “Sandstone” sound like the kind of songs Curve might have made if they’d taken heroin instead of ecstasy back in the early '90s: spaced out, loud and languid. Tamaryn know exactly what they're doing, crafting droney, epic, sonically beautiful songs that sound best at peak volume on a good set of headphones. The Waves might not be breaking any new ground in the songwriting department, but as far as heavy duty dreampop goes, these songs are pitch perfect.