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FOLK: Folk-Rock, ROCK: Folk Rock
TAM LIN MUSIC
âIn the Twilightâ
âThe more that I sing the more my songs escape me â¦â
-- Tam Lin, âLife Full of Holesâ
He remembers finding someoneâs copy of Bob Dylanâs Highway 61 Revisited on vinyl. He was nine, and within a few days he had memorized all the words to âDesolation Row.â It was the moment for him when he realized that songs arenât just tunes with words: they are entire worlds that can be inhabited fully, worlds filled with strange characters, unexpected emotions, and lessons to be learned. That was the year he began to play guitar and dream up song-worlds of his own.
Some decades later, Tam Lin, aka Paul Weinfield, completed his first full-length album, âIn the Twilight,â which will be released this winter, February 20th, 2008. âIn the Twilightâ is a testament to the very idea of a âsong-worldâ: its fourteen tracks hit the listener on virtually every level, from their engrossing narratives to their soaring melodies and lush arrangements. The first four tracks quickly pull the listener into Tam Linâs sweet and melancholy world. âDark Heartâ mixes Leonard Cohen-style meditations on loneliness with the falsetto laments of a Jeff Buckley. âThe Age of Ignoranceâ changes emotional gears, painting a utopian picture of the future in a style part John Lennon and part Garcia Marquez: humans become butterflies and find their freedom. âSiddharthaâ deals with alcoholism and Zen at the same time, and âSoldier Called Uriahâ lashes out at the Bush administrationâs invasion of Iraq through a story borrowed from the Old Testament. These are ambitious songs, but they are solid songs, songs that are accessible and easy to get lost in.
âIn the Twilightâ is a follow up to Tam Lin Musicâs âFloating Worldâ EP (2006), a quietly-released effort that nevertheless did not escape the notice of several critics. Time Out New York praised the EP for its âgentle, literate tunes â¦ wistful yet vaguely sinister.â âEvery now and again a musician is preceded by his reputation,â Dan DâIppolito of Jezebel Music, a Brooklyn-based promoter of independent music wrote. âThe intricacies and uniqueness of [these] compositions stand alone as a rare, successful, genuine-sounding blend of old and new sounds.â
Classifying Tam Linâs songs by a single genre is difficult, since they draw on rock, classical, jazz and blues influences in subtle and surprising ways. But Tam Lin has always felt most comfortable calling his music folk music. âAll music is folk music once itâs shared with others,â he told BeSonic.com, an online German music publication. âSongs are like children: they come from you but leave after awhile,â he said in an interview with Freshout Media, a Philadelphia-based independent music organization, that commented, âThe idea of giving birth to a song that eventually wanders off to make a life for itself stems from the notion of folk music, songs that eventually become standards, to be played by anyone.â And while Tam Linâs style is so thoroughly unique, there is something about his songs that seem as though they could be sung by anyone living at any time and in any place.
Live, Tam Linâs performances are charismatic and unexpected. He can appear with a straight-ahead electric rock group, in smaller âcabaretâ format with a few horns and a percussionist, or by himself, accompanied only by a guitar and harmonica. At the heart of all these eclectic performances, however, is Tam Linâs smooth and dynamic voice, described by one blogger as âsimple, soulful, and socially-sentient â he could sing the IHOP menu and make it sound like molten glass.â Tam Lin is known for appearing in prestigious rock clubs such as New York Cityâs Mercury Lounge or Philadelphiaâs World Café, as well at local smaller house parties or even in subway tunnels.
So for everyone who remembers what it was like to first enter the world of a song, here is a chance to experience that magic all over again. Pick up a copy of âIn the Twilightâ and be transported.
For more information about Tam Lin Music and âIn the Twilight,â please visit the following websites:
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