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Tape: Rideau

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Dec 22 2005
Artist: Tape (@)
Title: Rideau
Format: CD
Label: Hapna (@)
Rated: *****
Jesus! Hapna is getting bigger and better release after release and I can't even wait for the new 3/4 Had Been Eliminated, but in the meanwhile Tape is here and that's pure pleasure for your/my ears. If you're new to the band, this combo hailing from Scandinavia is the last metamorphosis of "intelligent-pop", it simultaneously combine originality, pop lullabyes, acoustic instruments and electronic music. What do you think about Mum? They've been one of the pop sensations of the last years, honestly I think they were ok, but I've never been so much into their records...well forge it, "Rideau" strikes right where Mùm was failing. These Scandinavians build endless landscapes harmonized with an organ or a keyboard like Labradford, the melody is embroided with a trumpet, an acoustic guitar as well as many other instruments, and arrangements are so good that the length (about 46 minutes) end to be "just too short". They wait patiently to sort out every ornament, each single piece of the puzzle is put at the right place and at the right moment, everything is well developed around some simple melodies that will breaks into your heart like cupid's arrows. The vibraphone and the acoustic guitar sometimes move in unison creating the magic. I'm sure the small noises crossing these melancholic images will drive many of you to a comfortable landing. What to say about "Sand dunes"? It makes you feel like sucking from your lovers' makes you wish it never ends.