Swedish post-rockers Tape recall bands like Jaga Jazzist and Bluebridge Quartet in making soft, patient compositions around clean guitar with very slight jazz influences. Their new record, 'Casino', is another down-tempo affair with placating riffs, dramatic keys and guitar abstractions that in places are reminiscent of Boris' 'Flood'. Post-rock when it's just nice.
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It was while scouting the charity shops of Headingley in Leeds that I happened upon Swedish boys Tape and their amazing album ‘Luminarium’, it was probably the best £2.99 I’d ever spent and I was immediately hooked. Here is their latest for the Hapna label ‘Casino’ and It has cheered me up no end after a harrowing couple of weeks here at Norman HQ, full of their usual charm and intricate instrumentals, fluttering electronics and dreamy guitar pieces, all combined with some wonderful trickles of neo-classical piano and gorgeously throbbing Hammond organ. This all comes together to create the most lovingly crafted music that’s ever likely to grace your ears, the piano pieces are reminiscent of artists such as the sublime Rachels and the more classical leanings of Nils Frahm, the little guitar flourishes are more akin to the quieter moments of Sigur Ros circa ‘Takk’ and even the jazz leanings of Bark Psychosis and Talk Talk are present here with an extra bit of krauty synth on ‘Goemon’.
The pleasantly titled ‘Craps’ has THE most wonderful organ backing while the super melodic guitar line just makes my heart melt, It’s unusual for me to wax so lyrical about an album as I’m normally a man of few words but ‘Casino’ is truly magical, an exceptional record from start to glorious finish.
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