Parades   Foreign Tapes
4.0 Ranking: #53 for 2010
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4.0 excellentAlex Silveri EMERITUS | June 22nd 10

Parades, like their name, know how to celebrate in style. I'm thinking dinner jacket, skinny black tie and a pair of blue jeans. You know the one. A little sharp, a lot cool. And when you've released a debut as clean and crisp as Foreign Tapes, there's every reason in the world to party: drawing from constellation of biting post-punk, warm indie-pop and a dash of honey sickle post-rock, if the sheer amount of hyphenating didn't give it away, Foreign Tapes stands on the razor's edge of the musical universe, redefining and breaking out of every little box on the display shelf. How else to explain the way the record delicately threads a line between crystalline sharpness and gorgeous, cascading layers of harmony? Or the way songs like Lung Full Of Light sway with an easy breeze while hitting like a ton of bricks? Or the soothing warmth of the Marigold's thundering climax? Foreign Tapes isn't just a party, but a lesson in how to throw one: new without being weird, innovative without being overbearingly eclectic - in a word, the most refreshing album of 2010.

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4.5 superbDavey Boy STAFF | June 25th 10

No matter what your musical tastes, do yourself a favor and let 'Foreign Tapes' win you over. Searching for weaknesses on this debut LP by Parades is a difficult task, with the Sydney art-rock quartet masterfully juxtaposing multi-faceted indie, ethereal dream-pop & even complex post-rock. This self-produced album ebbs & flows brilliantly, and exudes a spontaneous nature which lessens predictability. Vocally resplendent, 'Foreign Tapes' is all the better for Rebecca Shave's guest contributions. An exciting album of 2010 contender. Recommended Tracks: Marigold, Loserspeak In New Tongue, Dead Nationale, Hunters & Lung Full of Light.

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0.0 Show me yo bootyhole | July 17th 10

With kite in hand I'll fly past the sun, soaring to greater heights than even the moon. The
world will see my colors as I glide on by, watch me I'll make them see, trust me I'll make
them believe. Because I spent all night by my bed, with my hands crossed and my eyes wet. I
stayed, I prayed...prayed for the Parade.


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5.0 classicDavid James Young | October 30th 10

foreign tapes comes from an unexpected place, edging its way inwards from just out of the left of centre. At times it explodes into flourishes of sound before imploding back in upon itself, whirring and humming through tiny spurts of electronica. A thousand voices guide you through surreal fantasy, intimate heartbreak and the natural cornerstones of love and loss. It's equally floaty and atmospheric as it is ferocious and acerbic. It leaves you reaching for a dozen descriptive terms - all hyperbolic - at any given time. It's foreign tapes. It's not what you were expecting, but it's what you got.

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4.0 excellentAdam Knott EMERITUS | August 12th 10

If you like melody you will like this album. If you like airy atmosphere you will love this album. If you take those things a little bit too far you'll rate this album a 5!

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4.3 superbJacob R. STAFF | January 22nd 14

I seriously can't think of a single thing that's 'unbearable' about this record omg dude

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2.5 averageMark H. | January 22nd 14

This is honestly pretty unbearable to listen to.

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4.5 superbDeadStarShine | July 2nd 11

"No matter how much one denigrates the music industry and its lack of originality from year to year, there is bound to be at least one act that appears out of nowhere to place a smile on an individuals face and restore his or her faith in this fantastic thing we call music. In 2010, that act is Sydney quartet Parades."

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3.0 goodSevhead | September 17th 10

There's a couple moments that are simply stunning; lots of OK Computer in this.

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