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Back when he was still the frontman of a shape-shifting Philly band called Hail Social, Dayve Hawk used to talk about how much he loved Boards of Canada and how he couldn’t help but build similar sepia-toned beats on the side. A couple of bedroom-borne aliases later (Memory Cassette, Weird Tapes), Hawk emerged from the ether with his first proper solo album, Memory Tapes’ Seek Magic. The universally acclaimed album has already gotten more attention than Hawk’s last group for a reason, and it’s got nothing to do with the blog-bred, New York Times-endorsed “glo-fi” genre he’s supposedly a kingpin of. If Memory Tapes has anything in common with his contemporaries Washed Out and Toro Y Moi, it’s the overwhelming sense of nostalgia in his synth-guided songs. Other than that, Hawk’s groove-locked tracks are the closest these kids have come to crafting actual club tunes, from the dewy dance loops and killer chorus-line climax of “Bicycle” to the slick sci-fi hooks of “Graphics” and “Stop Talking” — songs that can keep the party going for a good six or seven minutes at a time. It’s a party where Hawk’s gonna cry if he wants to, but it’s a party nonetheless...

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Memory Magic

Memory Tapes taps into a lot of magic with this album. Strangely familiar sounds seem to release a variety of memories that were forgotten. A de ja vu of sorts, it's an atmospheric album that shifts throughout different landscapes, often a few times within one song, but provides a cozy seat to kick back and enjoy the ride. This special edition adds 4 tracks to the original album which is well worth it. Bicycle and Graphics are musts alone.

Secretly in my Memory Tapes

Out of all the artists I love in the music industry, Memory Tapes comes out of left field. With "Seek Magic" Memory Tapes has, without even knowing it, created the soundtrack that I believe is secretly playing constantly to all of my memory tapes in my head from the 31 some odd years i've roamed this rock. This is the album to buy to reminisce yours too. Buy it and relive your memory tapes in great detail.

Bicycle is the a perfect song

Seriously if I could write a song this good, I would drop the mic, quit writing songs forever. Yes, that good.


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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