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Memory Tapes Audio CD
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Memory Tapes is a recording alias of New Jersey-based Dayve Hawk, former frontman of Philadelphia-based Hail Social. After initially releasing material under the names Memory Cassette and Weird Tapes.[3] , and on signing to Somthing In Construction to release a Memory Cassette EP (also on Acephale), Memory Tapes' first LP, Seek Magic was released in September 2009, through the labels ... Read more in Amazon's Memory Tapes Store

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  • Audio CD (2 Nov 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Republic of Music
  • ASIN: B002TN0B1O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,475 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

Seek Magic’s late release – assuming you missed its super-limited run back in the summer – means it probably won’t feature in too many year-end round-ups. Which is a shame, truly, as the debut from Memory Tapes is a rare album of delightfully addictive pop, positioned on the difficult-cum-enviable dividing line between the indie underground and mainstream recognition.

The work of one man, New Jersey-based Dayve Hawke, Memory Tapes’ sound is immediately accessible but entirely capable of haunting your thoughts when it’s not filling your ears. Already the recipient of ‘net-wide blog praise, Hawke’s modus operandi is comparable to those of M83 and Cut Copy – this is shape-shifting synth-pop, big on beats but almost counteractively woozy of atmosphere. It’s effortlessly, achingly cool, but also clever enough never to rest on its laurels, as arrangements flitter in and out of focus, vocals drift without ever settling, and sleek synth lines dance rings around basslines borrowed from a library of 70s funk albums, as played by Hooky himself.

While its method of assembly may be comparable to the work of another bedroom maverick, Bradford Cox, Seek Magic is a more vibrant affair that Atlas Sound’s long-players. It follows a lineage closer to Deastro’s Moondagger album of the summer – upbeat but oddly understated, slipping and sliding and never quite fully in control, yet beguilingly complete and instant of repeat-play appeal. It’s evocative of a thousand records you’ve heard before, and hundreds you own, but bafflingly unique, as if the recognisable elements have never before been assembled quite as exquisitely.

Of course, there will come a time when Seek Magic begins to feel too familiar, and it’s entirely likely that this moment could occur after but a week, such is the must-listen-again nature of the collection. Don’t be surprised to see it top your personal most-played list in no time at all. But if that’s not a sign of a quality album, what is? Slow-burners are for those with time on their hands – Seek Magic rewards the impatient with true class and keeps them hooked ‘til they’ve had their fill.

Hawke’s already confronted the commercial coalface with remixes for Britney Spears and Michael Jackson, but don’t be surprised if he steps into the spotlight himself if there’s more where this collection has come from. Best pencil him in as delivering a future album of the year, now. --Mike Diver

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wistful, Nostalgic, Gorgeous 16 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD
Euphoric synths, balearic disco, space-disco, New Orderisms, charmingly clear guitar rhythms, plangent piano chords, lo-fi ambient fuzz and dreamy vocals. If you like the airy disco of LindstrÝm, the shimmering dance-pop of New Order or the outer fringes of fuzzy indie-pop then you'll adore this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Magic Found (8/10) 25 Sep 2009
By Gannon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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New Jersey's Dayve Hawk comes under many recent guises. Also known as Weird Tapes and Memory Cassette he has been setting about the cognoscenti with abandon, providing du jour, lo-fi fuzz and ambient electronica all the while. Combining his passions as Memory Tapes, Seek Magic proves a winning synergy.

From the Cocteau Twins-like, dreamy sway of album opener `Swimming Field' to the wistful and psychedelic, keyboard bliss of `Green Knight', to the squelch-y synths and laser FX of the Italo-disco themed `Stop Talking', it is clear that Hawk, along with The XX, is blurring all the right boundaries. Not convinced? Try CFCF as exhibit B.

Seek Magic's hindquarters take it easy, showcasing the best of Hawk's deft reverb skills on the mumbling electronic indie of `Plain Material', a trick with a legacy, permeating and perverting the ambient album closer `Run Out'.

But Seek Magic is all about `Bicycle', a case of magic found. Hawk's masterpiece is part Alan Braxe Balearic-chorus and part Passion Pit space-pop, as well as combining a haunting bass line with New Order-like nonchalance. Its pulsing tempo change, along with another found in `Stop Talking', are as euphoric as 2009 is going to get.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Magic Found in bloated 80's overkill revival 25 Feb 2010
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Memory tapes has succeeded with Seek Magic where many of there contempories fail. Firstly you've got to bring more than a casio to an 80's party ..and secondly have at least one song that captures everything that was actually good about music in that decade. The First track Swimming Field is a nod to the influential Cocteau Twins complete with chorus pedal guitar effects to boot and then straight into Bicycle which is has a New Order hooky bass line to complete what is the most addictive song ive heard for some time. Graphics is another highlight and will have you flailing on the dancefloor or lounge like a reminiscing thirty something pining for your 80's teenage youth or maybe thats just me, but its just like listening to Technique again for the first time. However the track Pink Stones although not poor is an instrumental that adds little and does seek magic. I like this album alot now bring on the 90's someone please and bring your guitars with ya!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real grower 9 Sep 2011
By Colin
Format:Audio CD
I love this album it creeps up on you slowly and before long it's embedded as a an old favourite.
Not an instant record but give it time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seek Magic 2 Mar 2010
By Faux
Format:Audio CD
Seek Magic is something to be traveled with. It's the kind of album, perhaps paired with a Towers of Asia or Bibio record, that won't give you everything at once but instead reveal it as you take it around with you. This is music to spend time with and worth making time for.
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