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  • Summary: This is the second release for the San Francisco-based duo of Tamaryn and Rex John Shelverton.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Nov 15, 2012
    80
    All nine of these slow-moving cuts are built on actual melodies, simple enough to stick right away, radiant enough to hang like this album's overtones, well after they are finished.
  2. Oct 15, 2012
    80
    Fortunately, adding more shape to their songs doesn't pin down their sounds too much.
  3. Oct 16, 2012
    75
    Tender New Signs makes the listener work a little harder within Tamaryn's framework, but it rewards as much, if not more, than the walls of noise threatening to hem them in just a few years ago.
  4. Oct 15, 2012
    70
    The only problem here is that the genre is taken to the extreme, and can blend together to the point where the album seems like one massive track.
  5. Oct 25, 2012
    70
    Tender New Signs does not manifest the insistent post-punk rhythms of the Led Astray Washed Ashore EP (2011), but it's not a huge departure from 2010 debut The Waves, though its sound is less chiming and more grinding (in a good way), the ethereality present only in vocals rather than in general suffusion, the darkness lingering at the edges palpable where before it was merely hinted at.
  6. Oct 17, 2012
    65
    Tamaryn is a nostalgic fan's daydream.
  7. 60
    It's cinematic, dramatic, and has vocals so indistinct that Tamaryn (the singer whose band this is) could just be coo-ing "turn up the smoke machine" over and over again.

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