Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Tenderlore - Tenderlore, album review


A young trio who met at Southampton University and shared, presumably, their love of west coast harmony via the usual suspects, and sharing also an academic, presumably, education inclining them to feature the word vicariously in second track Birdwatching. The harmonies are tight and sweet, though the staccato affectation sung on Jonathan is a cloying effect, and I do not understand the temptation. Especially when they can harmonise, otherwise, seamlessly. Music often teeters on the edge of West Coast and Folk, and they also have some clear instrumental skills as demonstrated on that break in Tumbleweed [though their vocal sectioning on, for example, tum - ble - weed - ed, returns to that overstating which alienates these ears, when done].

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