The New Tamaryn Clip Gives Me Request Video Flashbacks

Once upon a time, there was a TV show called Request Video that broadcast from Orange County of all places. The premise was simple, you call and request a video and maybe they would play it. Now, you might think that letting people request songs is a terrible idea, that it would lead to watching one cheeseball top 40 clip after the next. That happened once in a while, but, for the most part, Request Video was home to bands like Ride and My Bloody Valentine. Pretty much every band who fell under that “shoegaze” catchall had their videos played on Request Video, and a lot of those videos looked remarkably similar to this clip from Tamaryn for “The Garden.” They kind of sounded a lot like Tamaryn too. I would think I was having 9th grade flashbacks were it not for the knowledge that this sound, this aesthetic, never really went away, it’s just kind of hip again.

Tamaryn has a new album out on Mexican Summer called Tender New Signs. I need to pick up a copy asap. They’re also playing The Echo on November 23.


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