Sea of Murmur
Beat-Mo Records - 30 March
Brazilian-born, London duo The Tamborines release their second album 'Sea of Murmur' on 30 March through their own imprint Beat-Mo Records. The album was played, recorded and mixed by Henrique Laurindo (vocals and guitar) and Lulu Grave (drums and vocals) at their former Shepherd’s Bush home studio in a true DIY spirit. The heavy fuzz and swirling sounds of their debut 'Camera and Tremor' have been reigned in to make way for a more melodic and direct approach, anchored in the band's disparate influences – Teenage Fanclub, The Clean, Deerhunter, Beat Happening, Guided By Voices, Field Mice, pre-Creation-era MBV, Sebadoh and The Velvet Underground, to name a few.
Lyrically the record strikes a more emotional chord than its predecessor and serves almost as a snapshot of their 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 'Camera and Tremor'" says guitarist and singer Henrique Laurindo, "there's certainly a general lo-fi vibe about it, but the meaning of each song is 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."
The band is also heavily influenced by cinema, with many of the songs referencing their favourite filmmakers ('Fellini’s Thorn') and films, including 'Ghost at The Lighthouse', which was the last to be recorded and began as an instrumental track but mutated into a song inspired by Hans Richter's silent movie 'Ghost Before Breakfast' and 'Dreaming Girl', a live favourite but probably their darkest song, inspired by Fritz Lang's 'M'.
'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 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 also released singles on Sonic Cathedral (UK), Planting Seeds (USA), Vinyl Junkie (Japan) and Midsummer Madness (Brazil).
The Tamborines are due to announce a full set of tour dates in the UK and Europe to promote the new album starting with their album launch party at the Lexington on Tuesday 31 March. For their live shows, Henrique and Lulu will be joined by bassist Rodrigo Cesar, to help flesh out their all-encompassing sound.
'Sea of Murmur' is out on 30 March on digital, CD and special edition LP (pressed on transparent oxblood vinyl).