‘Let You Go’ is the debut LP from South Carolina’s husband/wife dream-pop duo Tape Waves. They make chilled and melancholic, reverb-soaked –basically, think of every cliché associated with dream-pop and that’s them. Alluding to the sunny climes of their homeland, ‘Let You Go’ is 32 minutes of melodic, sun-kissed bliss.
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Our often-grumpy indie rock encyclopedia Clinton's heart was softened by Tape Waves' self-titled debut 7" earlier in the year, earning a rare 9/10 with their "glistening watery jangle", "indistinct murmured vocals" and "sun dappled melodies". Clint's taking a hard-earned week off to celebrate his birthday, though, so it's fallen to me to tell you about their album. Since recording that EP the Charleston, SC duo have in fact tied the knot, and are now Jarod and Kim Weldin, and the happy couple have come up with this LP, with ten tracks dreamily floating past in just over half an hour.
They specialise in a hazy sun-bleached dreampop sound with breathy ethereal vocals and twinkly guitars and delicate melodies which will appeal to fans of '60s-worshipping wispy popsters like Real Estate, Best Coast, Beach House, La Luz et al. It's very pleasant throughout, no nasty surprises but also not a great deal of variation, so the less memorable tracks all blur together in a big dreamy smudge, pleasant but forgettable.
However there's a handful of moments here which elevate 'Let You Go' to something a bit special, and they tend to be when they turn on the Real Estate-ish charm. In the middle of side A is 'Let You Go' which has a delicious chiming guitar lick that's somewhere between RE and Johnny Marr, along with an insistent strummy guitar and simple pounding drumbeat framing Kim's breathy, distracted voice.
Over on side B we've got some more of that liquid guitar on 'Looking Around', the first of three total crackers tucked at the tail end of the album where it really feels like they've nailed that carefree but devastatingly catchy sound glimpsed on 'Let You Go'. One's the single that so impressed our Clint as it turns out. As an album this isn't as consistent as I'd hoped but at worst it's nice but bland and at best it's totally dreamy.
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