REVIEW | THE TAMBOURINE GIRLS – BLOOD AND BONES
With the name The Tambourine Girls you sure as hell didn’t expect to hear male vocals. Despite the absence of tambourines, the discovery that The Tambourine Girls is actually the song-writing project of Deep Sea Arcade’s guitarist Simon Relf is something else.
Blood and Bones is the debut track off their album The End of Time featuring help from The Preatures Jack Moffitt and Relf’s fellow Deep Sea Arcade band members. This side project is the spawn of something legendary.
Blood and Bones carries the same Brit-pop psychedelic tone made synonymous with DSA. However, it’s a little more stripped back, a little more robust and it carries a sense of vibrancy.
The track is one of the album’s poetically crafted combinations of both personal and detached viewpoints of Relf’s life experiences. Which was written in his home studio while living on the south coast of NSW. It is a palate of eclectic rock, wrapped up in a 70s style of sound, and the impeccable production is done by the legendary Sydney producer Tony Buchen (Andy Bull, John Butler Trio, Tim Finn, The Church).
Blood and Bones is an exciting look into this new musical venture, and is itself a hint of something great. Watch this space.
By Taylor Anne Koniw.