Introducing: Tamino

Tamino started out in life as what you might consider as a typical punk rocker and from his moody, brooding EP cover you could be forgiven for assuming this is still the case. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth these days. Over the years he was increasingly exposed to his mother’s comprehensive record collection and became heavily influenced by a range of artists from Tom Waits to Jeff Buckley.

This year saw the release of Tamino’s debut self-titled, solo EP and it is a perfect companion for a dark autumnal evening and a warming drink. It’s also a stunning and flawless introduction to the versatile and provocative music that is produced by the half Egyptian, half Belgian singer-songwriter. His songs contain a broad scope in both his use of music and the passionate and endless range of his vocals; delivering deeply personal performances that are steeped with emotion leaving you awash with a feeling of tender comfort. Tamino’s voice itself is deep, dark and as thick as molasses, almost ominous at times like a storm on the horizon he fills his verse with such a wide range of emotions that it’s impossible not to be moved by his music.

Tamino has created an interesting collection of music for himself that veers wildly between the understated and minimalistic tunes accompanying songs such as Indigo Night to the more vibrant and undulating tunes of Cigar. What is always impressive is how carefully Tamino has crafted each and every song to perfectly suit his voice, allowing him to produce a collection of songs that are simply larger than life. There is an intimate element within his work that is soft and subtle but it always ensures that his words reach your heart. This warming and yet soulfully haunting element is shared with the likes of Elliot Smith and has easily created some of the most evocative and passionate songs in recent times.

With his work sitting somewhere between Sixtoes and Elliot Smith on the musical scale, Tamino is an astounding young artist who has crafted a series of hauntingly melancholic songs and brought them to life with a voice that could move a heart of stone.

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Review by Joe Knipe

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