Tapes ‘n’ Tapes: “Outside”

After creating tapes and tapes of demos and practice sessions, the four guys from Minnesota in Tapes ‘n’ Tapes have developed a charming and distinctive style.  Their third album, Outside, delivers the characteristic vigorous indie rock with a faint ‘carnival of sorts’ (the bossa nova One in the World, the droning mariachi horns of Nightfall, the church organ on The Saddest of All Keys), while never overshadowing the inimitable euphony of Tapes ‘n’ Tapes – the deep, warm, and mottled voice of Josh Grier (along with his consistently proper guitar work),  the spacious and spot-on keyboard work of Matt Kretzmann, the bone-rattling bass of Erik Appelwick, and the competent drumming of Jeremy Hanson (okay the latter is a joke targeted at those that remember the Simpsons and Grand Funk Railroad – but seriously the rhythm section is very good).  The sound of T’n’T is so distinguishing that they sound the same regardless of whether they do their own production, as on The Loon and the current record, or work with a hot shot like Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, MGMT, Tame Impala, Black Moth Super Rainbow), as they did on their second album, Walk It Off.

Check Out:
Tapes ‘n’ Tapes – Freak Out [mp3]

Purchase: Tapes ‘n’ Tapes – Outside [Amazon, eMusic]

SCORE: 88

Lyrics: 17/20
Composition: 18/20
Musicianship: 18/20
Production: 16/20
Intangibles: 19/20


Craig

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