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Never judge a book by its cover, or in this case, a band by its name. The Tambourine Girls sound like a group of ladies who probably make jangly '60s-style pop or some form of sunny folk. Well, in actual fact, The Tambourine Girls is the chosen solo guise of Simon Relf, guitarist with Australian psych group Deep Sea Arcade, and it's not particularly '60s-influenced and you'll struggle to find a trace of folk. There is a psych element though, so some connection to his band is maintained, but this debut single is probably a match for anything we've heard from them. 'Blood and Bones' is assured and impressive, fitting both the psychedelia scene and also the Brit-rock revival that's beginning to take shape (despite him being from the other side of the world).
Little time is wasted on intros, and we plough straight into a guitar and vocals verse, but after a few seconds this switches to a brief instrumental that brings in the colour associated with the trippy sounds you may expect. In fact these instrumental breaks are a splendid touch, allowing some distorted guitar and other sounds the space they need to leave their mark. Vocally this isn't weak either. The lyrics are a strong point and so is Relf's voice, both of which are enhanced by a neat melody. It's slightly odd that the structure seems to be reasonably normal on the surface, but if you actually listen properly, it doesn't follow the usual format, and despite this it's still easy to get to grips with. It doesn't take more than a couple of plays for this one to hit the spot.
The Tambourine Girls' website
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