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HOPE FOR THE TAPE DECK

Just as I’m bringing Cakes and Tapes back from the dead (more news soon!) I realized there’s a new tape label in town (and by town I mean The Internet) and it’s half-run by the same fine lad who brought us Beat the Indie Drum and the awesome record label Big School Records (Point Reyes, Shy Mirrors, The Appleseed Cast, Graham Repulski… all great stuff, go grab some vinyl). Good to know you crossed over to the tape side of the industry. You can already stream the eight (!) first releases on Hope for the Tape Deck’s bandcamp, but you prefer to check out these eight bands you’ve probably never heard of before, this Soundcloud player will save your day. Really, that Missionaires track is 24k gold, so make sure you listen to the whole thing.

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This is one of the most beautiful albums I ever released since I started Cakes and Tapes two years ago. After months of waiting, it’s finally out and I want everyone to listen to this so bad that I’m going to lose my mind and do a GIVEAWAY!!1

To enter to win a free Meridians cassette, you need to be a Tumblr user. Just reblog this post and you’re entitled to win a free tape; I’ll assign your usernames to numbers and then have random.org pick a number.

To enter to win a free Meridians digital album, just comment on this post, the same procedure will ensue. We’ll announce the winners next Sunday! Scroll down to listen to the full album. Good luck!

aêLegends earned a free cassette and Michael P. got a free download. Contact admin@bolachas.org to get your prizes.

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Meridians is Julie Napolin (Citay) and Trevor Healy (Cakes of Light). Their open-form ballads are alternately driving and hypnotic, exploring the overtones, dissonances, and consonances created by voice, electronics, and guitars. Julie currently plays solo under the Meridians moniker, performing live with tape drones and guitarists such as David First (Notekillers) and Tom Carter (Charalambides).

The unreleased tracks in the Meridians self-titled LP set were co-written and recorded in 2008-2009 by Julie and Trevor. It was recorded with Tim Green (The Fucking Champs/Nation of Ulysses) in San Francisco. There are echoes of British folk, minimalism and the more cinematic strains of krautrock as the two combine intricate electric and 12-string guitar melodies over pulsing loops of flute, violin, found objects and oscillators.

<a href=“http://cakesandtapes.bandcamp.com/album/meridians” data-mce-href=“http://cakesandtapes.bandcamp.com/album/meridians”>Meridians by Meridians</a>

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Plastic Flowers’ calm and beautiful new EP, Natural Conspiracy, was already available for free streaming and download via Bandcamp. Today we’re releasing it on cassette, via Cakes and Tapes; you can see some pics of 3 of the 33 (!) cassettes available for purchase via Bandcamp and stream it all below. If you live in either Portugal, Greece or Ireland, Cakes and Tapes will refund you the shipping costs after you place your order. No more austerity for you! Grab Natural Conspiracy below, follow the band on Facebook and watch the video for “Fake Leaves” here.

<a href=“http://cakesandtapes.bandcamp.com/album/natural-conspiracy” data-mce-href=“http://cakesandtapes.bandcamp.com/album/natural-conspiracy”>Natural Conspiracy by Plastic Flowers</a>

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Crystal Shipsss, “Yay” (Cakes and Tapes, 2011)

Our label Cakes and Tapes has just returned with its 17th installment. Yay is the debut album from Crystal Shipsss, a sideproject of our favorite Danish songwriter Jacob Faurholt, who released one of the best albums of the year earlier on. Yay leaves all that quietness behind, drenches itself in reverb, it even tries to stab you at times in all its low fidelity glory, but it’s still infected by melodies that’ll stick in your head for hours. Mastered by master James Plotkin (Khanate, OLD, Jodis), Crystal Shipsss is quite the antithesis of Faurholt’s solo work but that doesn’t make it less interesting. Discover it below.

Yay is now available on digital and limited edition cassette (50 white C30 tapes) formats. Streaming is free, of course.