Jersey electronic artist Dayve Hawk has taped over his two separate pet projects, Weird Tapes and Memory Cassette, to bring together their respective elements of dance and minimalistic ambiance into a single aptly titled album, Memory Tapes. What results sounds like an antique music box in a disco club. A weird mixture for sure, but if you run with the whole retro-mixtape idea Hawk seems to be proposing, a porcelain ballerina twirling underneath a shimmering disco ball is more appropriate than you’d think.
Take the track, “Stop Talking”, a strong 7-minute epic. It builds slowly, guiding you through a nostalgic haze with a steady pulse of snares and bouncy synths. Just when you think the song has all but receded into a fog, it comes back with huge drums and a beautiful ethereal melody that sounds like it was recorded on a kid’s toy keyboard. There’s something eerie, something playful to it all, like Hawk was saying there’s something weirdly wonderful about the memories we have and the songs we set them to.