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Player Piano by Memory Tapes
Released: Jul 2011
Label: Carpark Records
Chillwave purveyor Dayve Hawk's sophomore disc is just as cozy as his first, with hypnotic swirls of synths rolling around in bleeps and beats melted by the summer sun. Yet Player Piano is a bit denser than its predecessor, Seek Magic, as it travels through breezy psychedelic pop ("Wait in the Dark," "Trance Sisters"), rock-out guitar solos ("Today Is Our Life") and eerie drones and glistening synths that echo M83 with a Joy Division scowl ("Humming," "Fell Thru Ice II"). Hawk, meanwhile, sounds like he's narrating it all from an endless dream.
Stephanie Benson
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