Outside, Tapes 'n Tapes' third studio album, is kind of like that really annoying friend that you only keep around because every now and then they do something interesting that will make for a good story later on. For every fun and catchy moment on the record, there's another typical and outright boring match for it waiting on the next track to make you forget what made you enjoy the last - and it's only in those rare enjoyable moments that Tapes 'n Tapes show their real potential. Hiding behind the bells and whistles that saturate most of the record in a vain attempt.
Artists Tapes 'n Tapes Outside. Outside Tapes 'n Tapes. This album has an average beat per minute of 132 BPM (slowest/fastest tempos: 100/184 BPM). See its BPM profile at the bottom of the page.
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Tapes n' Tapes - Outside (Image courtesy of Ibid Records). Let's get this out of the way: having been lauded as the newest, bestest band out there and having taken a critical beating for their follow-up, this band has seen both sides of the blogosphere and they've lived to tell the story. Upon the expiration of their agreement with XL Records, Tapes 'N Tapes were free to self-release Outside, their third full-length record, on their own independent label, Ibid Records. To say they have returned to where they began would be somewhat apropos, but an understatement.
Are Tapes ‘n Tapes just a flash in the pan? Their 2006 debut The Loon exploded into being with copious amounts of shrapnel that we joyously stood in the path of. Released on the band’s own label Ibid, it was the kind of ramshackle, rough-cut affair, abstract and angular, awaiting its seat alongside feted works by underground giants Pavement, the Pixies, et a. Outside is an overwhelmingly appropriate title for Tapes ‘n Tapes’ third album. Just like the similarly feted and forgotten Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Cold War Kids, this indie rock four piece were the talk of internet town circa '05/'06. Oh, the cruel vagaries of aughties buzz-band fate.
Tapes 'n Tapes – Outside. Label: Ibid – ibid LP03. Format: Vinyl, LP, Album. Includes printed insert and download card for album in MP3 format. Recorded at The Terrarium in Minneapolis, MN Mixed at Tarquin Studios Masted at Sterling Sound.
One in the World 's mischievous percussion and brass reflect how revitalized the band sounds on the album, along with Badaboom, which opens the album with rhythms so nimble it would be easy to mistake it for a more down-to-earth Vampire Weekend song. Peter Katis mixed the results of the band’s recording sessions, and he makes sure Tapes ‘n Tapes' urgency and whimsicality are in perfect balance, as on SWM, where sparkling keyboards dance around Josh Grier's rasp.
Tapes n Tapes is set to release their new album Outside through their own label, ibid records, the original home to the band s breakthrough album, The Loon. Outside was recorded at The Terrarium in their hometown of Minneapolis by their long time sound engineer, Drew Malamud. After recording for two weeks, they handed the record off to Peter Katis (Interpol, The National) to lend his signature sound to the mix. The result is twelve songs that are playful and melodic, while also capturing the essence and energy of their live show. Outside sounds refined and lush, letting the memorable melodies.