New Jersey-based electronic musician Dayve Hawk
was initially active as both Memory Cassette and Weird Tapes (a sort of yin/yang
and female/male dichotomy).
Memory Cassette released the four-song EP Call & Response (Acephale, 2009) that contains chillwave classics such as Surfin and Body in the Water.
Eventually he settled on Memory Tapes as his official moniker and
re-debuted with the Caribbean-tinged dancefloor novelty Bicycle (2009).
Seek Magic (Acephale, 2009) is a collection of charming dance-pop
madrigals. Besides the single, it delivered
languid soul-pop (Swimming Field)
and moody synth-pop (Plain Material).
However, the strength of Memory Tapes lay in the rhythms, as proven by
the polyrhythmic ballet Green Knight,
the ping-pong techno of Pink Stones,
and especially the disco locomotive Stop Talking,
It was mostly a cold and detached affairs.
The only moments of pathos were
the grand aria played by the synth in Graphics
and the soaring distorted riff that shrouds Run Out.
The CD reissue includes
the 22-minute instrumental Treeship, in which
slowly mutating drones paint a mysterious soundscape that throbbing
sequencers try in vain to colonize.
Player Piano (2011) was a very weak collection.
Grace/ Confusion (Carpark, 2012) contains the sleek synth-pop ballad
Sheila, one of his melodic peaks.
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