Wow! This is a collection of tracks a father made for his son, each year of his existence from birth onwards. Initially made to commemorate the childs birth, dad kept it going and will presumably keep it going until one of them dies. Thing is, the track I'm listening to is absolutely gorgeous. The warmest of warm electronica. Sweet as a nut.
8/10 Laurie Staff review, 19 November 2014
A contender for 2014’s most heartwarming premise to an LP, jacktapes chronicles the translation of UK based tem’s son Jack into music. Each year, between nappy changing and taking the lad to school, tem produced a whole album of music to reflect the boy’s current stage in life. Aww. And the record’s pink too. Of course this is from the same label that just graced my ears with the sounds of the Ski-A-Delics and their ski orchestra.
As a curveball they’ve presented these selected cuts in seemingly random age order, starting with a bright ‘fanfare’ at age 11, then jumping to 6, 10, 4, etc. This give the whole release more of an outline of Jack and his dad’s relationship rather than just being a history document, as well as including emotional states from other major events in their lives. I guess this would make a good christmas album - it’s got that nice warming togetherness and no Eurovision croons. In fact, the only vocals are snippets of lo-fi recordings of merry gatherings in the garden, the majority of the album being gritty home-recorded beats and guitars joined by minimal synthy swells. You can tell that it was recorded in between washing up after a nice shepherds pie and reading bedtime stories due to tem’s insistence on using household objects as his drumkit. There are moments that sound like Benn Jordan’s love for time-lapse photography, and some sections that approach the fragility of AFX’s 'Flim'.
It’s not just heartwarming by name - the lush and carefree guitar strums stoke the embers of the ol’ red pumper, each track slowly unraveling to reveal an innocence that only a parent-child relationship can hold. Apart from the track for age 1, ‘Womb Sounds’, which has a bit of a disturbing overtone. Shouldn’t he be out of the womb by now?
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