I've written about Tamarynbefore; how beautifully the new San Francisco band combines darkly seductive shoegazeguitars and sweeping, gothic melodies. But the duo's debut, TheWaves, is so meticulously constructed - guitarist-producer Rex JohnShelverton deploys his heavily reverbed lines with painterly detail, the notescurling carefully around the eponymous Tamaryn's double-tracked voice - that Iwondered if the sound would be as effective live, where a finicky stage monitorcould so easily break the spell.
I had the chance to find out Thursday nightin Brooklyn when Tamaryn played the KnittingFactory as part of the CMJ music festival. Indeed, moody monoliths "Choirsof Winter" and the Cure-catchy "Love Fade" lost some of themajestic power they have on record, where they aren't competing for yourattention with a roomful of gabbers and the sharp-edged distortion isn't dulledby iffy acoustics, but the band made up for the sonic diminishment in otherways. Tamaryn herself, dressed entirelyRead More »from CMJ Sheds Some Light