Friday, January 18, 2013
Tamarisk - Frozen in Time. 1982-1983 England
Tamarisk - Lost Properties. 1983 private cassette
CD reissue: Frozen in Time. 2012 private. Compiles both cassettes onto one CD.
Packaging details: The two cassettes are very obscure, and I personally had never even heard of Tamarisk back in the day, even though I was already deep diving the NWOBPR scene in the early 1980s. Moe Curly turned me onto them via a CD-R only a few years back, and thus they became a feature on our CDRWL site. "Frozen in Time" is a well done private CD reissue of Tamarisk's two albums made by the band. The first 4 tracks are from the "Lost Properties" EP cassette (1983), whereas tracks 5 to 7 are from their debut EP cassette (1982). There are no bonus tracks.
Notes: Tamarisk reminds me of everything I like about the NWOBPR scene. They're tight, melodic, fast, and reasonably complex. The vocalist sounds like every other UK vocalist who spent a wasted youth with his dogeared Genesis albums (I mean that as a compliment). The guitar playing, in particular, is well done. And lots of mellotron on "Lost Properties". All in all, very satisfying material.