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Musical Content: For those of us who grew up in the 80s and 90s, the four track was the shrine of bedroom musicians and wanna-be musicians. Before computer-based recording became cheap and common, people made quaint recordings in their homes and maybe shared them with friends. Once they “upgraded” to computer systems, everything changed, and recordings became more perfect. Which is one of the reasons the recent boom in cassette culture is so polarizing. People ask why one would “downgrade” the sound quality. But this style of recording requires good ideas to succeed. Countless “undos” and a low noise floor are not important. Which brings us to this gentle and inspiring tape from Mormon Toasterhead, aka Ben Klawans. While the recording medium is unknown, it possesses the spirit of indie 4-track music.
There are quiet acoustic pop gems (“Places I Wish I Were”), piano interludes (“Everything at Once”), Siri-style computer recitations (“Beauty Mark”) and verby psych-folk (“Grocery Store Girls”). At times, the tape recalls Lou Barlow’s Sentridoh recordings, or Unrest’s Imperial f.f.r.r.
Packaging and Sound Quality: The C-45 tapes are home dubbed, and the sound quality is good. Full color insert printed on heavy J-Card stock.
The tape is limited to 40 copies, and is available from Rok Lok Records.