For her 3rd full length, New York’s Tamaryn traded in slow-burning, dreamy jams for a punchier, more anthemic sound. The results are darker, fiercer and more inciting than anything we’ve seen previously in her catalog.
Despite it’s stadium-like qualities, Cranekiss still feels intimate – it’s the house party you crashed but was way too small for you to not have BYOB’d. The sound here is more processed than the smooth, ethereal moods on 2010’s The Waves or 2012’s Tender New Signs. But the production is still neat and trimmed, making this Tamaryn’s most direct and affective record to date.
Underneath the music, she tackles “desire and late night abandon,” themes that on her first two records might be easy for an unwise listener to overlook. But producer Jorge Elbrecht has pushed Tamaryn’s vocals higher in the mix, highlighting her emotion like never before. It’s a welcome change in sound, one that makes Cranekiss (and her live shows) a livelier affair.
Best Tracks: #1 Cranekiss / #2 Hands All Over Me / #9 Sugar Fix
RIYL: Widowspeak, 2:54, Blouse, No Joy
FCC: # 3 Last