Memory Tapes Memory TapesPlayer Piano
7.3 / 10
- Artista: Memory Tapes,
When he released “Seek Magic”, back in October 2009, Dayve Hawk couldn’t have been happier. Memory Tapes’ debut, a touchstone for the omnipresent chill-wave, received nothing but compliments and he didn’t hesitate to promise a sequel before the end of that year. But, due to circumstances, in the end it was another two years before “Player Piano” was released. Now we’ve heard it, we can only conclude that the delay has been due to factors beyond the artists’ control, factors that point to this time as the ideal moment to reinvent his style and which reaffirm Hawk’s known tendency towards constant artistic mutation, whether this is under his monikers Memory Cassette or Weird Tapes. We get the impression that for the release of “Player Piano”, Hawk wanted to let enough time go by to let hypnagogia fever die down a bit. Some of his comments on the subject are pretty explanatory. He says that where the first album “was about a sort of romantic vision of the dreamer, this record is the moment you realize that the dream is separating you from your bed.” A solid explanation of the implicit qualities of an effort that, a priori, sounds sharper and also less dreamy and naive.