I’ve been covering Tape Waves since their earliest days on Bleeding Gold Records, so its great to hear that the band have signed up with one of our favorite labels Emotional Response for their next LP. And, because you can’t really announce a new record without a single, they’ve thrown us one of those to boot! The song’s got this steady rhythmic bounce to it, giving the song a sturdy background that enables Kim and Jarod to craft the perfect slice of Friday dream pop. Kim’s voice are perfectly softened against the crystalline guitars sparkling behind her; this feels like a very Sarah adjacent pop sound, along the lines of early Heavenly or recent acts like Luxembourg Signal. Some sharpened guitar chords dance about in the song’s middle, giving a nice dose of joy to the listener as the tune fades to a close. Look for Bright on June 4th!
This Colorwheel Compilation popped up in my mailbox earlier this week, so I’ve been spinning it for the last few days. First, Hidden Gem Records is a little label in Philly, not unlike our own ATH label, just trying to put out tunes they love. Second, the compilation was always going to win me over, compiling bands we’ve already filled these pages with such as Tape Waves, Night Panther, the Death of Pop. You can stream several of the tracks that appear on the compilation below, and for those fans of great pop music, you’ll want to go HERE to grab yourself a copy. It comes on a rad swirled colored vinyl.
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The image on the cover of the new album from Tape Waves is quite fitting for their upcoming release, Let You Go. It’s five palm trees stranded amidst a fairly cloudless sky. It’s an image that leans towards warm climes and ocean breezes, which is precisely what the latest single from the duo sounds like. There’s a casual bounce from the drums and pristine angular guitar work while Kim Weldin whispers melodious vocal atop it all. You need tunes for your trip to the beach? Then be sure to grab this album from Bleeding Gold Records on July 28th.
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