RIYL: Feist, Joni Mitchell, Neko Case
Feature Track: Blood Memory
Emerging from the bustling hive of song-writing and musical collaboration that is the Mile-End neighbourhood in Montréal, Tamara Sandor’s first studio album is a collection of guitar-
driven songs that wrestle with an ambivalence toward the idea of self-defence. “Tyne” is an English word dating back to before 900 CE that essentially means “something pointy.” Nowadays, the word is probably most commonly used when talking about the “tines” of a fork, but it also refers to the defensive structures that form on an animal in order to protect them from predators.
The majority of Tynes was recorded by Dave Smith at Breakglass studio with later overdubs and production contributions by Gregory Burton of Bantam Wing. The guest musicians featured on the album hail from a number of different facets of the Montréal music scene. Patrick Cruvellier, of strings inflected pop-rock outfit Smokes, temporarily unplugged his violin from its pedal-board to offer some gentle acoustic flourishes. Tim Crabtree, Paper Beat Scissors frontman, lent his delicate, textural guitar work to two tracks. In the instrumental section of the four-part album closer.
Tynes is being released by Montréal arts collective, Oh Hi, of which Sandor is an active member. She and her current band (Patrick Latreille, Mark Beach, and Tessa Kautzman) will celebrate the release with a Montréal launch party put on by Oh Hi in collaboration with Passovah Productions, as well as a short tour of Ontario.