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Review: Tapebenders, “Chasing Ghosts”

No Comments 11 January 2015

Review: Tapebenders, “Chasing Ghosts”

“What the Tapebenders possess creatively as a group is pretty special; their sound is emotive, visceral and extremely satisfying as a listener. They say so much without words, with instrumentation that bends and moves in an often imperfect groove.”

Artist: Tapebenders

Album: Chasing Ghosts

Genre: Psych Rock

RIYL: Dandy Warhols, The Stone Roses, Built to Spill

Tapebenders Chasing Ghosts

Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based band, Tapebenders, have taken a smart approach to their release of Chasing Ghosts. The band, formerly known as Elusive Parallelograms, are taking the “best of the best” from former releases and packaging them neatly in this anthology album before moving on into uncharted creative waters. The result acts as an introductory package to a group that builds on heavy sonic rhythms and landscapes that veer from their mainstream modern rock contemporaries.

Fans of bands like The Stone Roses and Built to Spill will really dig this six-piece; there’s a sort of wonderfully warm and warped quality to the melodically-driven tracks on Chasing Ghosts. There’s a bluesy, grungy, metal quality to the heavy soundscapes that Tapebenders seem to effortlessly build on thoughout this record. It’s a diverse collection that shows off their ability to both write a solid hook with catchy riffs and then dive deeper into a more stylized shoegaze style. It’s really the diversity of the tracks that impresses the most.

“60 MPH” and “Modern Splendor” show off the band’s catchy riffy side, while harder-edged sounds on “Nuclear Man”, “Rev,” and “Oblivion”. But even with a wealth of options to listen to, my ears kept bending back to “Semantics” and “Absolution,” two tracks that reach beyond the rest of the material with just a bit more power.

What the Tapebenders possess creatively as a group is pretty special; their sound is emotive, visceral and extremely satisfying as a listener. They say so much without words, with instrumentation that bends and moves in an often imperfect groove. The tracks presented on Chasing Ghosts are designed to tap into a deeper place than merely getting inside your head lyrically; they just reach right in and tug and punch you right in the gut. This is interesting, atmospheric music that makes me truly excited to hear what they come up with next.

Tapebenders website: http://tapebenders.com/

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