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Tapes 'N Tapes


12" LP

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Tapes n Tapes is set to release their new album Outside through their own label, ibid records, the original home to the band s breakthrough album, The Loon. Outside was recorded at The Terrarium in their hometown of Minneapolis by their long time sound engineer, Drew Malamud. After recording for two weeks, they handed the record off to Peter Katis (Interpol, The National) to lend his signature sound to the mix.

The result is twelve songs that are playful and melodic, while also capturing the essence and energy of their live show. Outside sounds refined and lush, letting the memorable melodies shine. The songs are more straightforward allowing each member s personality to emerge. Outside is the perfect mix of their previous works, with a whole new clarity of sound. The first single, Freak Out, is a fast-paced romp with a shout-along chorus that is sure to delight fans both new and old. The album s opener, Badaboom, showcases longing vocals with a driving rhythm that propels the song into an epic rock breakdown. Nightfall s seemingly disparate parts are woven together into a beautifully strange break-up ballad. The haunting horns and sparse guitars unite for one of Tapes n Tapes biggest songs yet.

One In The World is a danceable, jangly number about a search for love that takes you around the globe. The twelve songs on Outside are unified by themes of longing and loneliness, and the journey of finding and losing love. There is a newfound space in Tapes n Tapes sound that is both intimate and distant at the same time. Combine that with a pervasive sense of joy throughout the whole record and what you hear is a band making music that they truly love.


After the somewhat overcooked Walk It Off, Tapes ‘n Tapes walked away from their XL deal, letting it expire so they could record their third album, Outside, in their Minneapolis hometown and release it on their own Ibid label. This back-to-basics approach suits the band’s tried and true indie sound -- though they’re not quite as raw as The Loon, Outside’s songs are direct while still leaving T'nT plenty of room to play. “One in the World”'s mischievous percussion and brass reflect how revitalized the band sounds on the album, along with “Badaboom,” which opens the album with rhythms so nimble it would be easy to mistake it for a more down-to-earth Vampire Weekend song. Peter Katis mixed the results of the band’s recording sessions, and he makes sure Tapes ‘n Tapes' urgency and whimsicality are in perfect balance, as on “SWM,” where sparkling keyboards dance around Josh Grier's rasp. More importantly, the bite has returned to the band’s rockers, particularly “Desert Plane” and the galloping “Freak Out.” T'nT still run into some trouble when they slow things down, as on “Outro” and “Hidee Ho,” both of which are just saved by blistering solos, but songs like “On and On” and “Mighty Long” show that they’ve rediscovered what made them vital. Neither as rough as The Loon nor as smooth as Walk It Off, Outside is the best place for Tapes ‘n Tapes to be.

Additional Information

Artist Tapes 'N Tapes
Track Listing 1 Badaboom - 3:56 2 SWM - 2:45 3 One in the World - 2:49 4 Nightfall - 4:51 5 Desert Plane - 3:43 6 Outro - 2:47 7 Freak Out - 4:04 8 The Saddest of All Keys - 3:50 9 Hidee Ho - 4:44 10 People You Know - 2:33 11 On and On - 4:28 12 Mighty Long - 3:50

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