Tape is a two-piece band comprised of Henrik Bentzer and Andrew Bell from Copenhagen. They released Drift, Rattle which is a complete DIY effort. They are an eclectic blend of rock that mixes a number of sub-genres.
The production and recording quality is exceptional for DIY and sounds professional. They utilized a couple of hardware compressors and high end plugins and the proof is in the pudding. That being said I still think they should have handed the finished mixes to professional mastering engineer for numerous reasons. I’d say if you can afford to then do it. They open with “Crook” which was one of the more straightforward songs. It digs into a clear hard rock vibe that didn’t bring with it many surprises. Not a bad tune in the least but very familiar sounding.
They sound like a different band on “Erosion.” It’s more atmospheric, dynamic and a bit experimental. The shift was dramatic and I wasn't sure what to expect after that. I will say I really enjoyed the instrumental section around the three-minute mark.
The band rocks on “Heron” while “Vessels” plays a bit more into that Tool vibe I heard hints of on “Erosion.” “Burbs” has some of the most technically impressive playing. I thought the vocalist style worked well on this song.
They end the album with “Sunnydays” and “Dominion.” Both songs have something that I appreciated. I should also mention that is where a mastering engineer would have made a difference. “Sunnydays” is not only noticeably louder but the sonic imprint feels different as well.
I was having a hard time finding their sound in my head after I spent some time with the album. It’s founded in rock but that lining that really defined what was unique about the band that would let me recognize them If I heard one of their songs playing at Taco Bell was elusive.
I like this band's delivery and I definitely had some preferences as to which songs stuck out. Overall, this is a solid album but I wouldn't mind seeing if the band can lock more on a specific strain of tone in the future. Recommended.
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