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Tender New Signs

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Tender New Signs is the kind of record that exists where experiences connect to the senses, where memories emerge and bring with them all the feeling and imagery that had been resting just below the surface of consciousness. It's the title of Tamaryn's second album, in partnership with her longtime collaborator and San Francisco native Rex John Shelverton. Informing the layers and textures found on their debut full length, The Waves, this opus takes a bold step forward in structure and form. With it's skygazing pop songs, Tamaryn and Rex have created a defining work.
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  • Audio CD (October 16, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Caroline
  • ASIN: B0090PX54Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,249 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Claudia on October 26, 2012
Format: MP3 Music
Lush atmospheric landscapes with barely discernable lyrics-lazy, dreamy, dark and prismatic-colors explode at midnight, like fireworks on the 4th of July, blossoming like fragrant flowers in an emerald forest, sometime in early summer. Wildflowers distant, lightning and thunder fade. The night is pristine, streetlight reflections interupt sleep, love decays and spirals, flowering like a lotus, worshiped like an ancient god, somewhere at the intersection of dawn and twilight. Everything fades, iridiscent, decaying in a halflife. Worlds away, afternoon light penetrates a bedroom, somewhere in San Francisco or New York. Leaving us with nothing but bliss, and tender new signs.
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Or maybe I should call it "skygaze," as Tamaryn would have us refer to their sound. On 'Tender New Signs,' the band continues in the direction established on their previous album, 2010's 'The Waves,' combining all the dreamiest aspects of early 90's British shoegaze, especially the shimmering, bending guitars and ethereal female vocals of My Bloody Valentine's 'Loveless' and Slowdive's 'Soulvaki,' while still somehow sounding totally fresh and modern.

But whereas their last album's walls of hazy guitars were straight-up WALLS, with no telling where one note ended and the next began, on 'Tender New Signs' the band adds a bit of "oomph" to them, with actual discernible riffs (and vocals), as on the lush "While You're Sleeping (I'm Dreaming)," which layers spacey lead guitar noodling over the fast-tempoed and catchy main hook, snaking it's way all around the dreamy soundscape. It's all pretty immersive, a quality that's sustained throughout the album's entire length.

The languid, floating "No Exits" contains druggy vocals over tripped-out guitar atmospherics, and is extremely hypnotic, as is the celestial, Cocteau Twins-vibe of both "Transcendent Blue" and the closer "Violets in a Pool," capping off 40 minutes of mostly sublime bliss. The only slight negative for me is that, despite the more crunching guitars this time around, the overall serene vibe never really lets up, resulting in an album that can get a bit "samey" when experienced straight through, but it does make for great late night headphone journeys.

'Tender New Signs' shows Tamaryn doing what they do best: taking the listener on a euphoric, hallucinatory trip, and it's one of the best modern shoegaze albums in recent memory, imo, and absolutely essential for fans of the genre. I, for one, will certainly be following them, wherever they choose to go from here.
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When you get home and you feel like you are as tight as a drumhead emotionally......just play- what I call #mindpharma music from so many great indie bands! There has been a tremendous resurgence in what was once known as the 90's shoe gazer genre. It has evolved to the point where you can easily lose an hour or two IF you just close your eyes ....and relax your mind and body. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths.....then listen! On twitter follow me and I will follow back ( @CU2MRO) as I and a bunch of others are all discovering new bands, s/s'rs, etc. ENJOY!!
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I bought the previous album, came to check and see if they made a new one yet and here it is. I started listening to the previews, but then I figured "I'm going to buy this anyways, why am I bothering?" So I bought it.

I've given it a couple weeks, but truth be told this just isn't as good as their first album. It certainly still SOUNDS like Tamaryn, but it's just not as good. The best parts of the first were how her unique deep voice was emphasized, and how the guitars added atmosphere in the first while here it they just seem like distorted noise. Also, the drumming in the first album tended to give the songs an epic feel. Here the drumming feels like mostly an afterthought.

I dunno. I like "Heavenly Bodies" and parts of other songs like "The Garden", but in general most of the songs just seem to blur together, which I'm aware is typical for the Shoegaze genre. But the previous album did a great job of keeping them as separate entities.

It's just the previous album had such high-tier songs it's hard to compare. Ones I liked especially were "Choirs of Winter", "Love Fade", "Sandstone", "Mild Confusion", and the excellent "Dawning". Heck I just listed half the album there. I'm waiting for more songs like those that get stuck in your head!!
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After initially reading a review in the December 2012 issue of Under the Radar, I searched this band out over on the 'net and was immediatley taken by their sound after listening to the mp3 samples on this site (eschewing all obsession regarding 'shoegaze' genre tags). I would think that *Tender New Signs* is Tamaryn's worldly musical expression like how a solo artist is percieved. But after buying the cd and listening through it felt like the sound was more defined by the guitar work of Rex Shelverton and less of the vocals, less of the listener's focus on the singer (bass/percussion are sorta in the background). So as I keep listening, it is more of a guitar-driven record. The vocals do aid wonderfully the fluidity of the guitar layerings and this record is very mature in how the fluctuations of the moods expressed were chosen to be ordered track by track on the final format. I 'sense' but could be wrong, that early-mid 80's era Dead Can Dance was an influence more so regarding the sort of aesthetical-maturity that *Tender New Signs* brings itself out as...Which I feel like the songs all together on this disc have a quality of an 'atmospheric-marriage' achieved. Visually in my 'neuro-subjective-psyche' is a muddy, chic-urban like landscape with hardly anyone around and their is a beautiful but mysterious feminine presence that my peripheral-vision seems to detect but can sometimes get a full frontal view of too but is then gone...
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