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Three comps from under-the-radar labels issuing cassettes and vinyl in limited quanities highlight a range of strange sounds from all over. Cassettes are appealing Geh Wie Ein Proll - Die Lokalmatadore - Mülheim some listeners in the digital age partly because they're inconvenient.
Now that listeners are used to shuffling randomly between hundreds of gigabytes' worth of downloaded audio files, the tape format offers a Suspiros Del Alma - Juan Piña - Definitivamente., analog listening experience, without the ability to skip around even the way a vinyl record allows. This summer a few of the more interesting, up-and-coming cassette-oriented labels-- Scotch Tapes, Moon Glyph, and Patient Sounds-- are making the search for quality music from the tape world a little easier by releasing compilations.
Fuck Winter: A Scotch Summer Mixtapethe first-ever Scotch Tapes comp, is the only one of these three releases available exclusively on cassette. Fittingly, then, it's also the most in tune with the experimental and noise inclinations that kept the format alive in the underground prior to its recent mini-resurgence.
Limited to copies, Fuck Winter covers a lot of range in 23 tracks, each so short that if the industrial pummel of Endometrium Cuntplow or vuvuzela-esque James Chance freakouts of Tayside Mental Health aren't for you, just wait for the next track there's no skipping, remember? Iowa City-based Wet Hair, whose Shawn Reed runs highly regarded tape-focused label Night People, shimmer through wordlessly hooky highlight "Untitled", which sounds like a half-remembered anthem from a climactic moment in a s slacker movie, while Halifax-based Folly Living (Aka Blood Again) - Various - Sampler #90 Montreal come across like a fascinatingly gothy lo-fi girl group on the perversely catchy "Knife Fuck".
Different listeners will find different favorites amid the generally fuzzy, scrappy proceedings-- whether the English art-punk of Fever Fever, the Brooklyn post-punk of Talk Dcp2 - Various - Breathe 04, or the sludgy riffage of Vancouver-based cassette regulars Shearing Pinx.
Moon Glyph's Regolith Vol. Accordingly, the psych-heavy, track comp enjoys slightly higher fidelity, meaning slightly less homespun charm but a more headphone-friendly listening experience, emphasizing bands from the imprint's hometown.
Many will want to seek this out, digitally if not on vinyl, for "Surfer Girl", a reverb-kissed, disarmingly melodic jangle-pop love song by Minneapolis sextet Velvet Davenport, featuring chillwave-circle mainstays Ariel Pink and Gary War. Still, there are just as many rewards to be found in the oscillating, bass-heavy ambience of Folly Living (Aka Blood Again) - Various - Sampler #90 a side project of Cole Weiland, from Minneapolis band Daughters of the Morning Sun - Mr Sandman - Highway Love, also on this comp-- not the pre-Decibully emo groupthe sunny power-pop guitar licks of fellow Mpls.
The release starts with Leisure Birds' sun-baked, organ-backed whoa-oh-ohing, and ends with the alternating Southern-rock guitar heroics and surreal sermonizing of Moonstone. The psych-rock underground in the Twin Cities, it appears, is alive and well. Pyres, has also Folly Living (Aka Blood Again) - Various - Sampler #90 its first comp, Patient Sounds Sampler V.
The release again confirms the wealth of talent making warm, gooey psych just below the average indie listener's radar. A new track from M. Minneapolis-based Littoral Drift put earthy folk amid outer-space echo, recalling the acoustic work of Kurt Vile, while Greeley, Colo. Bingo Pajamas, aka Brooklyn-based Niki Smith, has arguably the comp's breakout moment, setting her murmured harmonies over an arrangement equal parts tUnE-yArDs eccentric and Ciara sensual.
While the Moon Glyph and Patient Sounds comps veer more toward chillwave than the Scotch Tapes tape, all reflect the unassuming variety of slightly warped sounds currently making their way onto cassette. Most importantly, all transcend the That Home Far Away - Dry Branch Fire Squad - Memories That Bless + Burn altogether, even when, as with Fuck Winterthey benefit from its old-fashioned quirks.
The medium is the message, sure, but in this case, the songs speak louder. Skip to content Search query All Results. Pitchfork is the most trusted voice in music. Various Artists Regolith Vol.
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