Player Piano - Memory Tapes
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  • Band members: Dayve Hawk
  • Summary: This is the second album for Davye Hawk as Memory Tapes.
  • Record Label: Carpark Records
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Electronic, Dream Pop, Ambient Pop, Neo-Electro
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  1. The songs are so masterfully constructed and the mood throughout so consistent that the key complaint must be that it has to inevitably come to an end; a sure-fire sign that an album is doing something right.
  2. Jul 6, 2011
    80
    Complex of subject matter and sound, Player Piano could have been weighed down by intricacy.
  3. 70
    Summer needs a wistful, nostalgic soundtrack, and Player Piano has stepped in.
  4. 63
    The real weak link is Hawk's airy falsetto, which is too underwhelming for its own good. But give him a hairbrush, a mirror, and another couple of years and we'll see how it sounds then.
  5. Aug 8, 2011
    60
    It's an album that sounds somehow both old and new, resembling Bibio and Yeasayer rewriting Brian Wilson's back catalogue. [Aug. 2011, p. 123]
  6. Jul 28, 2011
    60
    Like the craft of the best tracks here, the album itself describes a smooth and clearly bookended parabola, an unexpectedly rainbow bridge, but one that, unlike the most well-known of these, is a pleasure, not a revelation.
  7. Aug 22, 2011
    40
    The problem is the lack of hooks, atmospherics and soul.

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