New Jersey-based electronic musician Dayve Hawk
released singles as Memory Cassette and Weird Tapes (a sort of yin/yang
and female/male dichotomy).
Eventually he settled on Memory Tapes as his official moniker and
re-debuted with the Caribbean-tinged dancefloor novelty Bicycle (2009).
Seek Magic (Acephale, 2009) is a collection of charming dance-pop
madrigals. Besides the single, it delivered
languid soul-pop (Swimming Field)
and moody synth-pop (Plain Material).
However, the strength of Memory Tapes lay in the rhythms, as proven by
the polyrhythmic ballet Green Knight,
the ping-pong techno of Pink Stones,
and especially the disco locomotive Stop Talking,
It was mostly a cold and detached affairs.
The only moments of pathos were
the grand aria played by the synth in Graphics
and the soaring distorted riff that shrouds Run Out.
A bonus disc contains the 22-minute Treeship, in which
slowly mutating drones paint a mysterious soundscape that throbbing
sequencers try in vain to colonize.
Player Piano (2011) was a very weak collection.
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