London guitar pop duo The Tamborines release their second album via their own imprint Beat-Mo Records.
Unlike their previous record, ‘Sea Of Murmur‘ was entirely played, recorded and mixed by Henrique Laurindo and Lulu Grave in a true DIY spirit. The heavy fuzz and swirling sounds of debut ‘Camera and Tremor’ have been dropped in favour of a more jangly, melodic and punchy approach anchored in the band’s disparate influences (Teenage Fanclub, Henry’s Dress, The Clean, Deerhunter, Guided By Voices, Field Mice, pre-Creation-era MBV, Sebadoh, Velvet Underground).
Lyrically the record strikes a more emotional chord than its predecessor and serves almost as a snapshot of a (real) relationship coming to an end.
“Things were falling apart between the two of us, so we decided that this record had to be a more personal and humane statement than ‘C&T'”, says guitarist and singer Henrique Laurindo, “there’s certainly a lo-fi vibe about it, but the songs are the main focus, really.”
Keyboard player turned drummer Lulu Grave adds: “It would have been far too easy to just drown the songs with cool heavy synths, fuzz and feedback, but we trusted our instincts and simply aimed for a more candid and primitive record.”
‘Sea Of Murmur’ includes new mixes of “Black & Blue” and “Indian Hill”, previously released as a limited edition 7″ on Soft Power Records. Both songs have received airplay and praise from Amazing Radio’s legendary Simon Raymonde (Cocteau Twins / Bella Union) and from the likes of Lauren Laverne, Tom Robinson, Gideon Coe, Steve Lamacq and Tom Ravenscroft at BBC6 Music.
The band will soon announce a full set of dates in the UK and Europe to promote the new record.
The CD is packaged in a digipack sleeve. The LP is pressed on 180g oxblood vinyl. It also includes a copy of the album on mp3.
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Mar 31 London (UK) – The Lexington (album launch)
May 24 Birmingham (UK) – Pop Fest