Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part 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. Today’s selection comes from San Francisco band Tamaryn. “I’m Gone” is the lead single off their new record, Tender New Signs, out last week on Mexican Summer Records.
With Tamaryn’s first LP, The Waves, her shoegaze dream-space of sound made its debut while holding a bit back from the listener, testing the waters and creating great music, but without pushing the envelope too much. But with Tender New Signs, Tamaryn gives us a clearer and even more beautiful picture of the inside of her mind. Singles like “I’m Gone” and “Heavenly Bodies” are colorful, underwater soundscapes that you could get lost in for days. But at the same time, Tender New Signs gives us tracks like “While You’re Sleeping (I’m Dreaming)” and “No Exits” that brave more experimental and wandering territory that The Waves didn’t touch. All in all, we’ve seen a lot of new shoegaze this year, but Tender New Waves holds its own and gives us something fresh.
“I’m Gone”, today’s song of the day, is an easy highlight of the record. From the get go, the track hits you with waves upon waves of reverberated, washed-out guitars. But with an easy tambourine and a stuttering echoed snare, “I’m Gone” holds a floating groove that tingles your spine. After the first verse, when the hook comes in and the lead guitar rips forward with an emotionally heavy line, you’ll get goosebumps on your goosebumps. All the while, Tamaryn’s angelic vocals guide the journey of her escape to a world that can only be described in melodies. You could put this song on repeat and lose days of your life to it, gone from any struggle and alive and well in Tamaryn’s strange and lovely dreams.
Tender New Signs is out now on Mexican Summer Records. You can find out more about the band on their website and Facebook page. For now, listen to “I’m Gone” below, accompanied by some colorful visuals: