“Softcore” Tamaryn previously pleased ears with the shimmering, ’80s dance-pop approach of Cranekiss single “Hands All Over Me,” but is now offering up something darker with a stream of the set’s deceptively titled “Softcore.”
Sounding as if it could slide somewhere onto old 4AD compilation Lonely Is an Eyesore, the track dabbles in velvet-lined dream-pop melodies a la Cocteau Twins, while also hinting at the darker post punk textures of Clan of Xymox, and the dialogue sampling of Colourbox.
The arrangement locks onto a drum machine groove, and finds Tamaryn offering up various evocative and moody lines, not to mention a series of haunted, echoing cries. Impressive, to say the least.
As previously reported, Mexican Summer issues Cranekiss on August 28>.