Seek Magic - Memory Tapes
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  • Summary: This is the debut album for Dayve Hawk as Memory Tapes.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
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  1. If you're the sort of person who can see music--even if you can't, perhaps--this is so colourful.
  2. Having greedily sucked the Tapes blog dry of every note I could find without so much as a by your leave to the chap generous enough to share his creations with a bunch of strangers, I waited for Seek Magic's release tingling like a tuning fork and hoping he wouldn't pull a Big Pink on me. He didn't. Seek Magic is probably my favourite album of the year.
  3. A record of achingly gorgeous dance-pop that captures both the joy of nostalgia and the melancholic sense that we're grasping for good times increasingly out of reach.
  4. This is yet another one of those records about escapism, yearning for a bolt of light in the dark, an end to normality. And it finds it, to almighty effect; producing the kind of rapturous charge that no bedroom-dance record has ever assembled before.
  5. 80
    On this mostly splendid debut, meanwhile, Hawk actually fuses two of his previous recording identities bridging the shiny electronic of his Weird Tapes alter ego with the hazy lo-fi psychedelia of its "feminine" mirror image, Memory Cassette. [Jan 2010, p. 116]
  6. He may have followed the aspiring bedroom producer's now-established route from blog favourite to remixer (for Yeah Yeah Yeahs), but the solo debut of Dayve Hawk, former frontman for post-punks Hail Social, is anything but predictable. [Jan 2010, p. 122]
  7. After a month of digesting Seek Magic thoroughly, oscillating wildly between manic enthusiasm and a kind of defiant distrust of this whole act’s shtick, I’ve committed myself to the stance about which I felt most comfortable from the beginning: this is a very good album, but there are certain things about it with which I take issue.

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  1. VincentD
    Jan 22, 2010
    The future of pop music as we know it. This album has the magic to uplift the uninspired and entice the casual... a colorful explosion of mental therapy. Collapse
  2. Mar 23, 2012
    THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST PSYCHEDELIC/ELECTRONIC ALBUMS I HAVE EVER HEARD. You will be hearing rainbows and seeing music in no time. They album is best listened to in its entirety (as with all great albums) but highlights include: Stop Talking, Graphics, Bicycle and Plain Material Expand
  3. BTodd
    Jan 12, 2010
    Dreamy pop/electronic of the highest order.
  4. NachoC.
    Jan 25, 2010
    Ladies and gentleman, I present to you, the founding father of Glo Fi. Next to Neon Indian, Memory Tapes has given birth to the Glo Fi movement. This album is an achievement, although drawn out at times it is phenomenal. Highly recommended. Expand