Grace / Confusion (LP)


Memory Tapes

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Brad Schelden, Hollywood 12/07/2012

This is the third album for New Jersey based Memory Tapes. I was a big fan of Seek Magic in 2009. And the second Memory Tapes album was my #11 pick from last year. His music is considered Dreambeat or Chillwave. It is dreamy. It is a modern mellowed out new wave kind of album. This album might not hit me over the head like that first album did, but it is still a great album. It might sound a bit too similar to his previous songs, but I have no problem with that.


12/03/2012

Synth-pop purveyor Dayve Hawk is at it again with Grace/Confusion, a concentrated effort of only six songs that nonetheless constitute a moving whole, given their exquisite beauty and knack for evolution. A song like the nearly eight-minute “Safety” drops the beat, picks itself up and comes back at you so many times, you’re left more with an impression of melodies rather than one distinct one flopping around in your head. But that is part of the charm here, as the songs don’t treat their length as an excuse for running one idea into 7” mix territory, but rather use them as a means to explore and change over time. “Thru the Field’s” soft New Order bounce becomes a more upfront dance-pop song in its second half, when Hawk breaks out his guitar for some true heroics that are as welcome as they are unexpected. On “Sheila,” Hawk busts out the organs for a Supertramp-style ’70s opening that gives way to a starfield of synths, gradually building house beats and breakdowns of bold guitar sound. A step forward from its predcessor, Player Piano, Grace/Confusion is more in line with 2009’s Seek Magic in terms of quality. Though Hawk creates an insular space on Grace/Confusion, he’s kind enough to invite patient listeners in with hooky songs that rewards upon repeat listens with depth and, yes, grace to spare.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Neighborhood Watch
Memory Tapes 06:10
2.
Thru The Field
Memory Tapes 05:14
3.
Safety
Memory Tapes 07:57


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Let Me Be
Memory Tapes 04:48
2.
Sheila
Memory Tapes 08:31
3.
Follow Me
Memory Tapes 06:38

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