[Photo by Tae Won Yu]
As we said in an extensive feature about Slumberland Records’ 20th anniversary, the grated guitars and misty melodies of Black Tambourine are a major influence on today’s noise-pop scene, with echoes of their essential back catalog popping up in the Pains of Being Pure At Heart, Vivian Girls and just about anyone else who enjoys jagged but joyous hooks.
With Black Tambourine’s expanded complete recordings collection hitting shops this week, we figured we’d ask a few Brooklynites to break down their favorite BT tracks…
Such a great mix, with the two guitar tones and the snappy bassline. I’m jealous of that one, especially how it’s all held together by those breathy vocals and martial snare drumming. Also, I do find it hard to remain friends, with almost anyone. – Mike Sniper (Blank Dogs)
This song possesses the most perfect blend of mellow and upbeat elements. It’s a quintessential display of the Black Tambourine sound, tearing through with a quick driving bass line, crushing tambourine breakdown, and beautifully spiteful lyrics, sung in melodies that melt the heart. – Dustin Payseur (Beach Fossils)
This on my list of Top 10 Favorite Songs Ever. It effortlessly captures the most somber mood, and it never ceases to make me feel something ever time I hear it. – Frankie Rose (Frankie and the Outs)