Memory Tapes
Seek Magic


4.0
excellent

Review

by AggravatedYeti USER (46 Reviews)
June 3rd, 2010 | 21 replies | 6,733 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: NJ Native crafts an all at once soothing though booming, minimalistic albeit intricate, and overall absurdly successful pop record; perfect for your day at the beach.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

For all the loose ideals and lack of evidence that comes with handing out genre tags in the blog-o-sphere, personally I couldn’t find a better terminology than chillwave to fit the music of New Jersey native Dayve Hawk. His vibrant mix of 80s synth-pop and Schaeffer-esque electroacoustic with a hard-on for shoegaze wash and bombastic house is a fair sonic embodiment of a warm, fulfilling day at the beach. His loops and samples generally build from their modest beginnings to a culmination of gargantuan beats, supremely melodic synth lines and ecstasy educing hooks that would send even the most practiced Madchester hop-head into a tizzy. Hawk’s meshing of an array of musical styling’s into a hazy lo-fi mold is not only a concrete aspect of his music, but chillwave as a whole. Seek Magic is just probably one of the better (best) outlooks you’d be given in terms of the genre, but what sets Memory Tapes apart is just how human it all sounds. The sampler and drum-machine heavy music, and even Dayve’s distorted, almost robotically low-key vocals somehow add a sense of humanity to the whole thing. Like fellow chillwavers Neon Indian or Washed Out, Hawk embeds his innately cold music with the warmth of a human heart. His diatribes on the beginnings of innocent love (“Bicycle”) are just as potent as his lamentations of the loss of friends and youth (“Plain Material”), but in the end what holds it all together is the intricacies and uplifting nature of the music. If anything, that is exactly what Hawk has in excess, the ability to create paths between genres of music than seemingly shouldn’t exist. For what it is worth this mashing, coupled with the lo-fi recording make the album seem so personal. His whispers draw you in while the loops keep you waiting for that inevitable explosion; searching if you will, for the payoff. So you could say Seek Magic isn’t so much an album title, but a life aesthetic, one Dayve Hawk is more than willing to soundtrack for you. Luckily for us though, this has a happy ending.



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AggravatedYeti
June 3rd 2010



7684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

no this isn't a thing
I have no time + I'm lazy.
CHIILLLLLL.

Skimaskcheck
June 3rd 2010



2360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

aw yeah good album, Bicycle is so awesome

and nice chunk of a review!

plane
Staff Reviewer
June 3rd 2010



6085 Comments


Album is pretty gay but I like your reviews 8)

AggravatedYeti
June 3rd 2010



7684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thx babycakes :D



robin
Emeritus
June 3rd 2010



4241 Comments


ive heard of these guys.

should i hear these guys?

timbo8
June 3rd 2010



618 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Album didn't really do anything for me, but I need to listen more

EVedder27
June 3rd 2010



6088 Comments


I downloaded this yesterday, will let you know how it goes.

Also timbo sweet dig man

AggravatedYeti
June 4th 2010



7684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah I'm probably pre-disposed to liking this.
Ive been bumping this for a while now. was very surprised there was no review.

Psilocyanide
June 5th 2010



1823 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Listening to Green Knight atm pretty good stuff. Makes me want this album.

defjaw83
June 17th 2010



1765 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Love this

AggravatedYeti
June 17th 2010



7684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good to hear

conradtao
Emeritus
November 28th 2010



2088 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

ugggggggggggggggggggggggggggggghhhh chillwave needs to dieeeeeee

AggravatedYeti
November 28th 2010



7684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

don't ruin a good thing we've got going here.

conradtao
Emeritus
November 28th 2010



2088 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

small black
memory tapes
neon indian
washed out

washed out is pretty good

but yeah chillwave ugh chillwave

AggravatedYeti
November 28th 2010



7684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

RESPECTFULLY DISAGREE (except with small black--they suck)

conradtao
Emeritus
November 28th 2010



2088 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

haha well ok then

how is toro y moi

Athom
Staff Reviewer
November 28th 2010



17200 Comments


i think toro y moi is the best of the genre

AggravatedYeti
November 28th 2010



7684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

toro y moi is pretty fucking solid.

SwayzeFaced
January 20th 2011



349 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this album is an adventure for sure. i dig moods, i love the transitions. i don't really fancy myself to be a connoisseur of electronic music but it's caught my ear and has my attention.

cirq
June 12th 2011



9263 Comments


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