SCRAPS OF TAPE have always been about creating emotional music filled with playfulness and energy. The harmonies is drawn towards the gloomy and desperate while the melodies creates hope and a feeling of being able to overcome any obstacle and accomplish any goal you have in front of you. All of this is then tied together by a great amount of energy and creativity.
The music is most often referred to as postrock but if you’re stopping there you are merely scratching on the surface on all of the widely spread musical influences that all together makes up what SCRAPS OF TAPE is all about.
On their first album they sounded liked an instrumental crossover between BOB HUND and MOGWAI. On the second album the heavyness got heavyer and the harmonies got more harmonic and it got you thinking of both ISIS and JOAN OF ARC at the same time. On their third album in 2009, Grand Letdown, SCRAPS OF TAPE have taken all of this and pushed it through a grinder making something very compact, mature and confident. And like a cherry on top the vocals and the personal lyrics took all of this to a new level.
In October 2011 finally SCRAPS OF TAPE released a new album titled Resident Flux and I have to admit that I did not really like this album from the first second. Maybe because I loved Grand Letdown too much. Tons of memories, feelings and emotions from the time this album was released overshadowed Resident Flux. But I felt that neither the album itself nor the songs are reasons for my not too big sympathy for Resident Flux. It was my “fault”. A problem that now, about three months after the album was released is solved. And the solved problem hit me like a boomerang – now it is simply impossible to not listen to this masterpiece of SCRAPS OF TAPE.
In other words: I had some problems to find the access to the album, but know I don’t find out…and it feels good to not find out. Quiet the same I felt with their 2009 album Grand Letdown – it simply took a bit longer, but even years after this album was released I keep listening to it again and again.
The first video which is featured below, Wieldless, was shot during the making of the album artwork of Resident Flux. If you are into raw alternative-experimental-indie-rock music you will love it. Promised!
The song Flera Meter Kort – which is featured further below – was the first single/video of Resident Flux and features guest vocals from the Swedish indie rock genius Mattias Alkberg (Bear Quartet, MABD). Compared to the slick sound of their last masterpiece Grand Letdown, Flera Meter Kort has a rawer and more spontaneous feeling. Mixed with Mattias Alkberg’s vocals it contains just about everything to warm and please every punk heart – as well as every indie heart.
Important: if you ever have the chance to see SCRAPS OF TAPE live, then do it. They are an amazing live band! No words can explain their huge live-energy!
SCRAPS OF TAPE
alternative / experimental / indie / rock
from Malmö / Sweden