Pop Quiz: Tamaryn

Aidin Vaziri | Backed by the widescreen guitar sounds of Rex John Shelverton, formerly of the San Francisco band the Vue, New Zealand expat Tamaryn offers a flashback to the ethereal noise made famous by shoegazers like Curve and the Cocteau Twins. Her first album, “The Waves,” topped several year-end charts in 2010, leading to fawning magazine spreads and slots on major festivals like Coachella and Outside Lands. Before Tamaryn heads back into the studio to start work on her next album, she does a brief West Coast tour.

Tamaryn
Q: Are your recording sessions as emotionally intense as the music?
A: Yes. It can be torturous. Rex and I are both perfectionists. We’re not a band that just goes in to cut a record. We have a lot of ideas and personal rules. We push each other. It’s difficult. But any collaboration can be difficult.
Q: Yet you continue to work together. So the end result must be worth it.
A: We have a chemistry I have not been able to have with anybody else. It’s hard to define why it works, but I wouldn’t walk away from it.
Q: Your music has a real visual feel. What do you see when you close your eyes on stage?
A: I don’t know. I just try to feel it – just be open to it. A lot of it is the execution. Once you enter in the mood of it, you’re just focusing on execution and making sure the song’s as good as possible.
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