Tape Waves #9 - So Fast

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It's probably pretty apparent that I've lost a lot of the blogging mojo that makes this blog, a hobby, survive as a frequently updated source of music that I'm listening to. The happenings in the real-world and at work are hardly helping but a new track from the glorious Tape Waves is exactly the sort of thing to pick me up off the floor.

The track is called "So Fast" and is the first to be heard from the lovely duo's second album Here to Fade out due through Bleeding Gold Records on July 29th, it's gorgeous too, of course it is, Kim's effortless vocal melody floating through a web of heartwarming, shimmering dream-pop guitar and machine-gun percussion, it's soft and gentle, nostalgic and warm, and is literally just the thing I needed right now. The album cannot come soon enough.

Tape Waves #8 - Hanging On

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The members of Tape Waves seem determined to single-handedly bring rays of summery pop to your cold, winters days. Following on from last weeks post on Kim's Shiny Times project comes a brand spanking new track from the band themselves, "Hanging On" is to be issued on flexi-disc by Bleeding Gold Records in conjunction with a re-pressing of the bands debut album Let You Go.

The track instantly intoxicates, continuing the duo's effortless knack of pairing floating, shimmery guitar melodies with soft, dreamlike vocals amongst lyrics of longing and love, the result can only bring comfort. Tape Waves are sounding as fresh and beautiful as ever. Go and fall in love below. The re-issue of Let You Go can be pre-ordered here.

Albums of 2014 #23 - Tape Waves - Let You Go

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Let You Go
Bleeding Gold Records. Released July 28th.

The duo of Kim and Jarod Weldin released their debut album Let You Go in July via the excellent Bleeding Gold Records and it serves as the finest collection of summer-tinged indie pop gems of 2014.

Opener “Slow Days” lets you know what to expect from the album from the outset, a soft, tranquil combination of lulling drum-machine rhythms, sun-kissed melodies and even prettier vocals. It serves more than that however, the circling guitar rhythm is one of the most hypnotising on the album and the breathy sighs that accompany the track to its conclusion can only fill you with a warming glow.

“All I Can See” is one of the highlights, armed with a faster melody than we’ve previously heard from Tape Waves. it sees chiming guitars race around Kim’s drifting vocal with the next track, the title track equally impressive. Here layers of jangle guitars riffs circle around a precise beat and some wonderfully nostalgic lyrics with the repeated final words of “how can I let you go” sure to embed themselves in your head. 

Two tracks re-appear from last years wonderful debut EP, "Ready Now" is utterly beautiful, a breezy melody twinkles with soft percussion and calming vocals and "Wherever I Go", where a surf-pop guitar riff echoes around rat-a-tat percussion and the airy, whispered vocals which blissfully calm and soothe. whilst last track “I Can Tell” is more spacious instrumentally with some luscious, cooed backing vocals. 

I don’t live near the beach, I doubt I ever will live near the beach, but if I did (or if I was just visiting) then Let You Go is the perfect soundtrack for a laid-back cruise around the seafront, wistfully passing your days with the most sweet, charming collection of pop tracks that never once out stay their welcome. Though, fear not fellow landlocked friends, the album is just as perfect to listen to as you gaze into space lost in pleasant/sad thoughts.

Tape Waves #7 - Let You Go

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I've been meaning to catch up with Tape Waves here for a good six weeks but I didn't want just to post something half arsed and I've been ridiculously busy and then recently away lots and even more recently ill, so time slipped even further away. The duo of Kim and Jarod Weldin released their debut album Let You Go late last month via the excellent Bleeding Gold Records and it serves as the finest collection of indie-pop gems that we've seen so far this year.

Opener “Slow Days” lets you know what to expect from the album from the outset, a soft, tranquil combination of lulling drum-machine rhythms, sun-kissed melodies and even prettier vocals. It serves more than that however, the circling guitar rhythm is one of the most hypnotising on the album and the breathy sighs that accompany the track to its conclusion can only fill you with a warming glow.

“All I Can See” is one of the highlights, armed with a faster melody than we’ve previously heard from Tape Waves. it sees chiming guitars race around Kim’s drifting vocal with the next track, the title track equally impressive. Here layers of jangle guitars riffs circle around a precise beat and some wonderfully nostalgic lyrics with the repeated final words of “how can I let you go” sure to embed themselves in your head.

Two tracks re-appear from last years wonderful debut EP, "Ready Now" is utterly beautiful, a breezy melody twinkles with soft percussion and calming vocals and "Wherever I Go", where a surf-pop guitar riff echoes around rat-a-tat percussion and the airy, whispered vocals which blissfully calm and soothe.

I’ll stop the track by track run down now, though I must say I also love the last track “I Can Tell”, more spacious instrumentally with some luscious, cooed backing vocals.

I don’t live near the beach, I doubt I ever will live near the beach, but if I did (or if I was just visiting) then Let You Go is the perfect soundtrack for a laid-back cruise around the seafront, wistfully passing your days with the most sweet, charming collection of pop tracks that never once out stay their welcome. Though, fear not fellow landlocked friends, the album is just as perfect to listen to as you gaze into space lost in pleasant/sad thoughts.

Let You Go is out now via Bleeding GoldRecords. 




Tape Waves #6 - Looking at the Sun

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Following hot on the heels of the a-side "Stay All Night" comes the flip track to the new Tape Waves 7" release "Looking at the Sun", a song that I probably should have posted the other side of the holiday, with it's woozy, relaxing melody and Kim's breathy, haunting vocal whispers guaranteed to get you in the mood to hop in the car and head for your nearest beach...

As the wonderful review at Norman Records so aptly surmises (where you can also buy the release) "They have a lovely sound that perfectly matches the imagery on the sleeve". Hazy, languid and beautiful. Those twinkles at the end - swoon.

Go grab a long drink, close your eyes and pretend you're on holiday. Your day is guaranteed to get brighter for around four minutes.

Tapes Waves #5 - Stay All Night

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The wonderful glow of sunshine that made our weekend's so fine may have departed to be replaced by a bed of cloud but fear not, there's a brand new song by Tape Waves to keep your mood beautiful.

"Stay All Night" is the first track we've heard from the Charleston duo since their debut EP (one which I probably should point out that I helped to re-issue on cassette via my Beautiful Strange label) and marriage (congrats) and it's all sorts of gorgeous, with soft delicate percussion and restrained guitar chimes providing an effervescent melody for Kim's delicate, whispers to leave you weak at the knees.

It's the sort of track that will have you dreamily walking along the road tapping along to the beat - just remember to look out for lampposts as you do. "Stay All Night" is released May 26th on limited 7" via LebensStrasse Records - pre-order.

Tape Waves #4 - Age of Consent (New Order Cover)

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Tapes Waves are a band I now have a working affinity with as well as a musical one after Beautiful Strange released their brilliant debut EP on cassette tape back in September (hint: there aren't too many left).

The Charleston duo return with a cover of New Order's "Age of Consent". A version that retains the hypnotic guitar riff that forms the heart-piece of the track but strips much of the pace and aggression from the track, instead Tape Waves have come up with something all the more beautiful with Kim Hart's softenings vocal coo's soon covering you in a warm, hazy after-glow. Just gorgeous.

Tape Waves #3 - Somewhere

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A quick return for Tape Waves (so I'll keep this post short) with their promised new track entitled "Somewhere", the A-Side to their forthcoming debut vinyl (released via Box Bedroom Rebels next month).

Continuing very much in the same vein as earlier tracks "Ready Now" / "Wherever You Go", "Somewhere" is a beautiful lo-fi pop track guaranteed to make your day that bit brighter with simple, breezy melody twinkles and soft percussive bliss repeating themselves in your head whilst the dreamy and deliciously charming vocals wrap themselves around you like comforting cotton wool - just gorgeous.