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Editors’ Notes

It's difficult to tell whether San Francisco chanteuse Tamaryn is recreating ‘90s dream pop or if she's just been there ever since Creation Records dropped that first Slowdive EP. Either way, she sounds like the real deal. And with one half of Sub Pop recordings artist Vue backing her (Rex Shelverton on guitar and Jonah Buffah on bass), there are no 21st-century anachronisms. The opening title track sounds like it could have been released alongside Curve's 1992 debut Doppelganger as Tamaryn sings like a young Siouxsie Sioux over blissed-out guitar wash and heavily reverberated hints of psychedelic fuzz. It's these elements of goth, shoegazing and psych that keep Tamaryn's debut sounding more honest and organic than derivative, especially on the undulating "Sandstone" where guitars howl and dive-bomb as though the hand of Kevin Shields was driving the whammy-bar, though it's Tamaryn's otherworldly vocals that take center stage. Her slightly diluted New Zealand accent inflects with a whispered charm on "Mild Confusion" where her breathy croon shows hints of the Verve's "Slide Away."

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Awesome desert shoegaze album

Likely a top five album of 2010 for me. If you have read anything about this record you've likely heard lots of Cocteau Twins comparisons; those are not inaccurate (Sandstone even has a Scottish to it). It would be incorrect to stop there - this is a great new album that definitely draws heavily from late 80s/early 90s shoegaze inspiration but it stands on its own two feet as a dreamy, introspective record. Favorite track is Haze Interior. Like all true shoegaze, maximum volume yields maximum results - CRANK IT.

One of the best of 2010, easily

Cocteau Twins + Siouxsie Sioux + My Bloody Valentine, then add modern chord progressions. Incredible album, one of my favorites in a long time. "Dawning" and "Mild Confusion" are my immediate favs. If you like shoegaze I would reco groups like Depreciation Guild and Dykehouse as well.


I saw this band perform last week with the Raveonettes and they were fantastic. The lead singer is nothing short of Grace Slick and their performance made me feel like I was in the sixties listening to Jefferson Airplane. This band is great, watch out for them


Born: San Francisco, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Under the name Tamaryn, New Zealand native Tamaryn Brown has released material that revels in the lush atmospherics of shoegaze. Her dreamlike songwriting and soft, narcotic voice have remained the focal points. After meeting in New York in the early 2000s, Brown and creative partner Rex John Shelverton — an instrumentalist and producer from California — based themselves out of San Francisco. An EP, Led Astray Washed Ashore, as well as a handful of singles for assorted independent labels,...
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