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Well seeing as though the office tape deck is on the fritz and I’ve got a working tape player at home I thought I’d do this compilation from Bathetic. It’s the perfect soundtrack to ironing school uniforms (the joys of being a parent). It’s also an excellent showcase of the quality of the label and looking back through the releases from the last 12 months they’ve rele ...

Tape £4.99 Bathetic70

C45 Tape on Bathetic ft. Angel Olsen, Cough Cool, Padang Food Tigers etc.

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9/10 Phil Staff review, 12 December 2012

Well seeing as though the office tape deck is on the fritz and I’ve got a working tape player at home I thought I’d do this compilation from Bathetic. It’s the perfect soundtrack to ironing school uniforms (the joys of being a parent). It’s also an excellent showcase of the quality of the label and looking back through the releases from the last 12 months they’ve released some excellent records. If you’re new to the label this is an excellent place to start.

Firstly the cassette is an extremely tasteful shiny metallic green which is appealing to the cat in me. The opener by Angel Olsen is a gorgeous ballad along the lines of earlier Marissa Nadler/Josephine Foster and it’s delightfully intimate. From that you’re plunged into an excellent track by Lanterns which is a bluesy chuggy experimental number which isn’t really like anything I’ve heard before. Captivating stuff.

There’s some droney works on here, some lo fi business, the man-Grouper works of Lee Noble and many other excellent tunes. Other highlights are tracks by Cough Cool, Villages and Listening Mirror. This makes me wish I could be bothered to play cassettes more than I do (as I love the sound) as it’s a truly excellent label sampler.


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