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Last copy! A Why the Tapes Play compilation from the "haze of the cassette revolution." Home recorded music from the 1980s and 1990s stretching from bedroom pop to long-form ambient to lo-fi electronic.

Featuring sounds by KDA, Eric Gaffney & Friends, Nightcrawlers, Heather Perkins, Linda Smith, James T. Rao (of Orange Cake Mix), Kathy King, and Mark Kisinger.

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Like a chamber-pop band led by a synth player and inspired by Nico Muhly's Mothertongue and John Cale's Artificial Intelligence, Land & Buildings' Huron River Eclipse is an album "similar in tone to lonely morning rain or the stillness of a roadside motel on the long drive through the desert to nowhere."

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An introduction, ten acts, and five intermissions preparing for the possible loss of what we have. Guitar, cello, voices, and a ton of little instruments. Indie-chamber-folk, perhaps. Listen on Bandcamp.

“To sum it up in a short phrase: pure brilliance.” -Fensepost

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Letters- You Make Me Feel (Like the Island Im Not)

Chamber folk-pop songs from Chicago theater and film composer Jenn Romero.

Released on Athletic Tapes. Listen on Bandcamp.

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A moon-obsessed split tape from Joe Jack Talcum (AKA- Joseph Genaro of The Dead Milkmen!!!) and Gravey Train (Joseph Carlough of Displaced Snail Publications). Bedroom folk and lo-fi gems from these two fine Philadelphia musicians.

The split is made up of the Over the Moon EP by Joe Jack Talcum, and the The Appalachian Moon Man Sings Again EP by Gravey Train. Released on This & That Tapes...[ continued ]

Temporary Sale! Sludgy psych-garage rock meets lo-fi folk aesthetics in an epic four song EP.

Listen on Bandcamp.

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Appalachian Yard Art- Hekatonkheires

Attention Ursula K. LeGuin fans! A soundtrack to the world of Earthsea, as imagined by Colleen Johnson (Silver Shadows, Upside Drown) and Smoot (Maple Rabbit).

Cover artwork by Mary Evans and screenprinted by Michael Dellinger. Mastered for tape by Evan Hashi. A benefit for the Transgender, Gender Variant & Intersex Justice Project...[ continued ]

Hand-claps, foot-stomps, rounds, singings saws, three part harmonies, general cleverness and goodness. Polka Dot Dot Dot will break your heart and give you reasons to get up in the morning.

Hand-silkscreened in Stumptown Printing chipboard case.

Polka Dot Dot Dot- Wicker Frames

​Last one! Semi-tropical post-rock instrumentals from Hungary's Silent Island (István Csarnogurszky of Black Hill) and folk-pop songs from Newfoundman.

Stunning packaging! Comes in a small printed box with vellum slip cover, insert inside. Why the Tapes Play.

 

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A finally crafted thing indeed. A more mature songwriting that I can’t help but liken to Joni Mitchell, in the way the songs have moments of darkness and dischord that resolve so gracefully and how the songs are so catchy but never dumbed down. Some songs lush and bright, some songs rocking and aggressive. An album that is sure to make her fanbase grow across the lands.

Eleanor Murray- Street To Ride