Tamaryn Tender New Signs on LP + Download
2012's 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 feelings 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 follow-up opus took a bold step forward in structure and form. With it's skygazing pop songs and impressionistic sketches of once well-guarded emotions, Tamaryn and Rex have created a defining work. Tender New Signs' nine songs showcase stadium-sized guitars, surging with softly-lit, languid melodies and a familiar sense of purpose anchored by Tamaryn’s intimate vocal delivery and unmistakable presence. The choice to continue self production seems to be key in persevering their sound.
Tamaryn explains how the writing process is intrinsically linked to the recording process, "Rex finds that getting in the studio and taking things apart to adjust the subtleties of their sonics inspires him to want to play guitar more in general, and therefore is probably the biggest influence on how we make music. We like the idea of seeing how far we can take what we have, and we work best together without too many other distractions. The Waves found us in this ‘minimal wall of sound,’ so we took that style and applied it to these more defined song structures.”
Tracks like "Heavenly Bodies" are anthems of surrender and reflection, while "The Garden" evokes those tiny moments of change when numbness gives way to feeling, and projects them into gigantic rock and roll epiphanies. Tender New Signs creates its own hope and transforms it into something sublime. “In making this record, I hoped to transcend the mundane world, by living in a new one of my own creation, " Tamaryn says, "now it's time to invite everyone else in it with me.”