RIP Cassette is a collective that recently released Hello Good Morning. The project started in 2019 with a bunch of friends. There are four songs all of which felt straightforward but accessible.
The first song is entitled “A Simple Lie” and it revolves around a 4/4 beat, a couple of jangly minor and major chords, and vocals. I was getting a Tame Impala vibe. Up next is “Little League.” You are greeted with another similar beat and tempo. The mood here is more melancholy and reflective.
There is a change in production on “Emily.” The song utilizes a drum machine which I think was a good thing for the song. It’s more mellow and subdued and by this point I was really digging the vocalist. Last up is an acoustic song called “Hello Good Morning” which is very different sounding. This is more or less a straightforward folk and country hybrid. It’s a heartfelt and sincere tune.
There is a lot to appreciate here from the simple songwriting to the catchy melodies. I thought the vocals were the biggest strength.
This EP has a lot of the typical things I notice from a band that recently formed. The band is testing out different styles. They didn't have much time to find a signature sound but I felt like the foundation was strong.
My main critique is in regards to fidelity. I consider early Arcade Fire recordings and Mac Demarco lo-fi but these recordings have a home recording type of lo-fi. The drums for instance are missing some essential frequencies on the lower end and there isn’t much definition from the guitars. I’d encourage the band to do what they can to get a boost in this area whether it’s working with an engineer or learning more about engineering.
Overall, I thought these were solid songs from talented musicians. I hope it’s just the beginning and wish them luck as they evolve with their sound.
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