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Tamaryn, “The Waves”
Backed by the wide-screen guitar sounds of Rex John Shelverton (formerly of the Vue), New Zealand expat Tamaryn offers a flashback to the ethereal noise made famous by shoegazers like Curve and the Cocteau Twins.
Like early Primal Scream or mid-period Jesus and Mary Chain, this San Francisco band pairs sunny melodies with dark noise. Imagine what that episode of “Baywatch” would have sounded like if it were Joy Division doing the cameo instead of New Order.