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Sweet Luck of Amaryllis takes Retsin's sound from minimal, lo-fi territory into truly gorgeous and well-polished areas; the duo's use of shimmering electric guitars (and more percussion than on previous releases) almost merits the "slowcore" tag, with its instrumental constructions alternately provoking references to Tsunami, a more earthy version of Low, or the quieter moments of New Radiant Storm King's Hurricane Necklace. Sweet Luck also tends to rely on complex and appealing pop songwriting more than some of the band's earlier releases, a step into musical maturity that serves the group very, very well.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Tara Jane O'Neil met Cynthia Nelson in 1993, when their respective bands (Rodan, Ruby Falls) were embarking on their first sets of extended national tours. Sharing a love of simple home recording techniques and melodic indie rock, the two became romantically and musically involved in 1994, collaborating as Retsin while retaining membership in their other bands, as well as participating in a number of varied projects and acting in the independent feature film Half-Cocked. The following year, the duo...
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