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Tapes n Tapes - The Loon

by Rich Morris Rating: Release Date:

Another day another hyped indie band. You could look at it that way, or you could absorb the sprawling, slightly incoherent, and highly galvanizing sounds that populate this debut album and admit – as everyone else has so far – that Tapes N Tapes have really got it going on. The Loon is not the kind of album that grabs you and shakes you by the throat. It’s not as immediate as The Magic Numbers, or as quirky as Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, but then neither is it quite as transparent. In fact the band avoid any obvious song structures, leaning towards the opaque as much as possible, throwing out Pavement-style rock riffs one minute, harmonizing in a Beach Boys style the next. Frontman Josh Grier adds oodles of charisma to the album with his warbling delivery and lines like "I've been a better lover with your mother." It’s not the most dazzlingly original document, but The Loon assimilates its references so well it often feels that way. --Paul Sullivan

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