So, this is where I instead hijack the review to ruminate on interpretation, narratives, music reviews, and criticism in general. I had a lot of personal things happen at once. Were you a big fan of his music? Excitingly, she's been writing with Sky Ferreira this past year for songs on her forthcoming second album. Why did you want to lead out with that one? Of course, the next five or so paragraphs will still be about Tamaryn and Dreaming The Dark — I just wanted to warn you in case things got gimmicky. Every song I make I scan the solos for the guitar and make a little course on how to play them so I can essentially have anybody in the band.
I always have a third element and there was somebody else on that record, so on this one there's this guy named Jordan Collins. This record was very particularly orchestrated in that way. Visualize who you want to be and become it. To an extent I can talk about it but even to me it's not really that interesting! I did some farewell shows before Cranekiss came out. Also, with such an extensive body of material to choose from, how do you put a setlist together that keeps fans happy from every era of Tamaryn? The healing I had to do from all my experiences around the Cranekiss era just took longer.
Maybe that's embarrassing because it's just me writing but I don't see it as writing. I fall in love with albums and new things that come up and dream of collaborating with so many people. So that's the dream, creatively. That was a big learning curve because for the first 10 years I did the project it was just me, Rex, and a bunch of musicians he had known since he was a kid. It's hard to do that with lots of people. I didn't even tour Europe for Cranekiss.
Because that was the concept of those records it just doesn't feel right playing them without him. Dreaming The Dark by Tamaryn Another version of this review would take a lot of booze and sleep deprivation to write. When I decided to evolve the music in a different direction and take more risks, it really put me through a loop with how I did the live thing. I have a lot of respect for her. I get a lot of angry shoegazers writing messages to me but there's nothing I can do about it. Spend a paragraph or two to mention former collaborators and their departure from the band, as well as the impact that has had in the practical aspects of music-making and beyond. Dreaming The Dark invites such an analysis, lifting its title from Dreaming the dark: Magic, sex and politics, a 1970s tome on ecofeminism and the occult.
I'm such an emotional person on occasion and for some reason I'm really not into Twitter. You can be an artist and still have a job. I wanna support her in any way I can as a collaborator and friend. Call the album transitional or liken it to a greatest hits compilation. It definitely has hip-hop influences, I was listening to a lot of Lil Peep and stuff like that when I wrote it. We have so many impressive careers before us.
Why would you want to diminish that by forcing yourself to be anything other than your purest essence? I personally attach them to the albums, but if I look at it effectively as a body of work, it was all exactly as it was intended to be. But I figured it out and it's actually been so empowering. Would any of them been a good choice? Perhaps trying to stay away from the personal-interpretation minefield, another typical route would center on musical descriptors. Armchair psychology at best, rancid pablum at worst. That's the power of art. The album is dedicated to photographer Matt Irwin, who took his own life in 2016. There's this cool theme to that video where he's actually singing and you can hear him, but I don't know how they mixed it live, or whether they had this dry live vocal overdubbed on top of it or something? Dom Gourlay Under the Radar : It's been four years between 2015's Cranekiss and your new album Dreaming the Dark.
When we did Cranekiss together it was awesome. Her pet birds chirp with excitement overhead while her dog — Tennessee — rests on the couch. A wacky way out of a corner I had painted myself into? The final alternative version of this review would tell the story of how I cracked this album while watching Tamaryn live. Tamaryn was unsure she'd ever make another record. We really had this concept of everything coming from space echoes. The only reason to do this, for me, is as a deep personal endeavour of your human evolution that hopefully becomes part of other people's evolution.
Those two things came together as that song but I guess when other people hear it, it sounds like something else. Or is this a smug gesture typical of an entitled and privileged fool? Will there be any festival appearances as well? Even though you probably shouldn't make music after you're 22 or something! I'm very excited about it. What I always tell my friends and peers is you don't have to be young to make music. You're playing some shows in South and Central America this month then coming over to Europe in May. Is he someone you see yourself collaborating with on a regular basis in the future? There's little macro shots of critters and bugs in the woods.
It's a form of magic. Which leaves me with two albums to play with for the live shows, and not all of those songs lend themselves to playing live. What advice would you give to a new artist that's just starting out? But I was also looking for a way to experiment and blend all of my influences beyond what Rex and I could do. It's a journey through that without claiming to be a true story. In fact, we've just been writing by text over the phone and email over the past couple of days.