The Tambourine Girls – “Plastic Eyes”


Hypnotizing with its hazy psychedelic folk sound, “Plastic Eyes” is a standout new track from Australian band The Tambourine Girls. Taking inspiration from the writings of Henry Miller, the track’s lyrics seemingly reflect the importance of individuality and freedom, especially when set against the continued decay of “dead cities” and the “elephant bones” depicting remnants from the past.

The vibrant acoustics exude a hypnotic glow with lush engrossment, driving to a wholly memorable chorus. Here, guest vocalists Chloe Dadd and Antonia Gauci add wonderfully, with the “felt like a matchstick, waiting to plunder,” refrain emulsifying beautifully within the underlying acoustical strums and general textural shimmering.

The band was featured in prior years with the tracks “You Don’t See Me” and “The Clamour.” Those efforts included the work of guitarist Nick Weaver, who passed away in 2021. Per the band, the track “stands as a bittersweet proof of both the height of our collaboration together and a taste of all the music we will never get to write with him.”

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of February 2023’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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