Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on The Morning Show with John Richards, is “Love Fade” by Tamaryn from the 2010 album The Waves on Mexican Summer.
Tamaryn is the singular name given for the San Francisco pair of Tamaryn (vocals) and her producer/guitarist Rex John Shelverton. Listeners of the Morning Show are usually suckers for a good shoegaze band, and Tamaryn fits the bill in a major way by expertly mixing the sounds from some of the genres most admired acts like My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, The Cure, while putting their own pop spin on it seems to be a good recipe for success. In 2009, the pair released their dark debut EP, Led Astray and Washed Ashore, as well as several 7″ singles, and 2010 saw the release of their first full length album, The Waves, on their perfect new home at Mexican Summer Records. Given the name and imagery, you’d think Tamaryn was a bright and cheerful hippie band from San Francisco, not the black, gloomy, goth-inspired band they’ve created. If dark stages, smoke, and no crowd interaction are the trademarks of the newgaze era, these two just might be the pioneers. Definitely worth a listen.
You can listen to more songs from the band on their MySpace page and enjoy the video for our featured song “Love Fade” below: