ME­MORY TAPES

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Although this is a rel­a­tively short al­bum, Dayve Hawk’s ex­per­i­men­tal, melodic vi­sion has been re­alised over six com­po­si­tions that re­flect a play­ful in­tel­lect and many com­pet­ing, yet com­ple­men­tary el­e­ments. The pysch-pop of Neigh­bour­hood Watch seeps into the wonky world of Thru the Field, the ad­di­tional break­beats and drift­ing gui­tars waft­ing over like pass­ing snow­storms. This sense of trav­el­ling per­me­ates a record that con­flates a myr­iad of sounds, hav­ing the ef­fect Hawke sings of on Safety, “a sound wear­ing me down, it’s like the voice of a friend but it’s not”. It leads into the An­i­mal Col­lec­tive­like Let Me Be. Each song goes down un­ex­pected routes – Sheila sounds like a folk song trapped among wild syn­the­siz­ers, Fol­low Me sounds like an elec­tronic Bee Gees. It all pleas­ingly be­comes what Hawk de­scribes as “chaotic reach­ing”. soundcloud.com/ mem­o­ry­tapes SIOB­HÁN KANE

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