Monday, September 07, 2015
Savour the Sweet, Slightly Subversive ALT-POP of Tamaryn On Her Latest Album Cranekiss
Photo courtesy of Tamaryn
Tamaryn Brown, the dreamy voiced purveyor of shoegaze, who records under the name Tamaryn, has just released her third album, Cranekiss. Based in New York, the New Zealand born singer has created a sound that is both soothing and bracing; on first listen it is apparent that this is something completely different. In an interview with Eve Barlow (Noisey: Music by Vice), Tamaryn says, "I believe that creativity can heal life trauma; it's a form of therapy," she says. "If you do it well you can heal other people with similar negative experiences. I want to master that art." Read the highly interesting interview.
The slightly dirty guitar sound of her last album has been replaced by something more refined. Tamaryn comes out of your speakers with a psyched up, slowed down, early Madonna vibe and has a sound that at times reminds of Aimee Mann's 80's band Til Tuesday ("Voices Carry"). There are also some delicious touches of electro-pop, like Air ("Cherry Blossom Girl") and Ivy ("Ocean City Girl"). I even hear a bit of Lorde in "Hands All Over Me". In my book, when you pair a sweet voice with electric guitars, it works every time. I've never been especially fond of the "alt-" genre labels, but this sounds a lot like Brit Pop with a slightly subversive edge. So, I'll go with alt-pop; I think it fits. Many thanks to JLK of South Philadelphia for this suggestion.
"Cranekiss" (Official Video) from Cranekiss.
"Hands All Over Me" [Official Video] from Cranekiss.
Tamaryn - Cranekiss
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