:: Tape Waves - All I Can See ::
Earlier this year Bleeding Gold Records put out Tape Waves’ Let You Go, a dreamy, summery album filled with catchy hooks and layers on layers of guitar. Somehow this record managed to slip past me when it was released but after catching up a few months later I realize I should have paid attention sooner.
Let You Go as a whole takes a while to settle into but after a few listens it starts to open up and things become more clear. There’s a lot of intricacy in this album, especially in the guitars, and this isn’t something that stands out initially, mainly because of how subtle the writing is. All I Can See really exemplifies this point. Kim Weldin’s voice gets swallowed in reverb and guitar melodies to the point that the lyrics here are almost obscured initially. The soft sung vocals don’t really stand out but after repeated plays the fog clears and every element of this track reveals itself to show how labored it is. In that sense Let You Go can be a rewarding listen if you let yourself soak it in long enough.
This isn’t to say that this record isn’t immediately enjoyable either. Tape Waves know how to write extremely catchy melodies that find a way to get stuck in your head easily. Nearly every song on Let You Go is a hazy pop tune but there’s enough distinction between songs that it doesn’t feel redundant. Considering that as well as the fact that these songs are pretty straightforward, the album comes off as focused and concise, perfect for looping or throwing on at any given time.
The vinyl version of Let You Go already sold out through Bleeding Gold but you can grab a tape version from them here. If you’d rather buy directly from the band, both the vinyl and the cassette are available through the link below.