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Memory Tapes is the chillwave-tagged work of New Jersey's Dayve Hawke, something of a blend of his other musical ids Memory Cassette and Weird Tapes. With Memory Tapes, the somewhat reclusive musician creates gentle, pastel-colored music that pings between navelgazing and dancing, and he's progressed with both grace and fairly startling leaps. This beguiling (if uneven) collection has songs of seven or eight minutes, brief bridges of oodly-noodly guitar (grin-inducing in "Thru the Field"), and tunes that move from atmospherics and mood to serious dance floor calisthenics in seconds. "Let Me Be" opens with dark, gurgling sounds, the kind you hear in unsettling dreams. But soon the dark turns to glimmering light and then onto more shadowy, fearsome tones just before—ready?—steel drums and oscillating synths paint a remarkably intriguing canvas. It's one of many smart and unexpected moves on Grace/Confusion, and it may just be what growing pains sound like.

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Interesting and Good

I was very disappointed with Player Piano's formulaic songs, and this album brings back a lot of what I love in Memory Tapes- mainly his ability to develop songs in interesting ways. There are only 6 tracks on here but probably 10 tracks worth of ideas are fit into them. There are not as many catchy synth hooks as in Seek Magic, but I really like the more adventurous electronic tone of this album compared to Player Piano. The second and third tracks are favorites of mine.

My favorite Memory Tapes Album

I have been listening to Memory Tapes since 2009 and I have been impressed by how much depth and texture each album has. With the second album, it was fun to hear the music get a bit less off the wall and more straight forward, but I was ready for some more complicated arrangements like the first album. Grace/Confusion delivers in every way that this band has in the past. Beautiful twists and turns that take multiple listens to take in. This is an extraordinary album that is an exercise in emotion. When the final track "Follow Me" set in, I was in awe of the turns that it takes. An amazing closing track to a solid album. I think that in a time where musicians fake there way through electronic music and don't add any depth to it, this album is a breath of fresh air. This is a must have that I think will grow on more people as they hear it.


Born: 2009

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Formerly of the band Hail Social, Davye Hawke makes wistful electronic pop as Memory Tapes. After his previous band ended, Hawke began composing two different types of music under two different names: borrowing the title of a Hawkwind bootleg, he issued dance-oriented instrumentals under the Weird Tapes moniker, and atmospheric pieces with vocals as Memory Cassette. He released music from both projects for free, including Memory Cassette's 2008 The Hiss We Missed EP. After signing to the Acephale...
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