Z-tapes: the highlights

For a long time i’d known about Bandcamp without exploring what it had to offer. However, not long ago, stuck in a rut of listening to the same stuff on spotify I thought i’d give it a shot. I was not disappointed!

Within minutes of searching for some ‘indie-pop’ I came across Z-tapes, a slovakian label who exclusively sell their artists work on cassettes; and online of course. I instantly noticed they were running an offer of their full discography for 1 euro (or more). Now, I hadn’t paid for a digital album in years (I thank spotify for that), so paying a full euro for 56 albums/ep’s seemed a bit steep. Nonetheless I persevered, and I was not disappointed.

Here’s my favourites so far, and a little description with each one

High Sunn – One of the most prolific bands i’ve come across, in the last two-years, they have released no less than ten albums. I can’t say i’ve listened to them all, but what I have has impressed me. Genre: lo-fi, indie, rock, garage, fuzz

 

 

Candy – The latest offering from Candy is full of emotion. The first track ‘In a room in St Kilda’ is a simple, yet effective take on longing, that many will find themselves relating to. Maybe not the St Kilda part but uknow. Genre: pop, jangle pop, bedroom, synth. 

 

 

Naomi Pop – A band made up of three teenagers from Boston, Naomi-pop produce fuzzy, lo-fi pop that feels perfect for a long drive. Genre: pop, bedroom, lo-fi

 

 

 

5 Brilliant Bands at Leeds Festival 2017 You Might Not Have Heard of

Blaenavon 

After five years working on their debut album, Blaenavon finally released ‘That’s Your Lot’ earlier this year. It received a warm reception from critics; The Line of Best Fit stating that they have created a ‘stunning stratosphere’. The album is full of mature and personal themes that see the band unafraid to air their misgivings:

”Pity me, I beg you please / I’m a pathetic pipsqueak” frontman sings on ‘That’s Your Lot’

SLØTFACE

A band made to play live. They deliver energetic rock music that will have you jumping up and down flailing your limbs like a clubber at 2:30am.

The Hunna

One of those bands that I always find myself singing along to. I discovered this gem of a band at last year’s festival amongst the mud and rain and haven’t stopped listening.

Fickle Friends

Fickle Friends make ridiculously catch synth-pop tunes with an all too obvious 80’s influence. A band made for the ‘indie-disco’

Marika Hackman

She might be young, but she’s not inexperienced, Marika first started playing guitar at 12, something that is clear through her complex songs, full of colourful characters that at times, you hope you won’t relate to.