Anonymous figure/collective from New Jersey, possibly Philadelphia – all we know is that the listless space pop of Memory Cassette is well worth a place on your playlist, right alongside Ariel Pink, M83 and Ulrich Schnauss. You can download a handful of his/her/their excellent EPs for free here along with a fantastic mixtape of personal favourites.
Originally formed to make live music for haunted houses”, this Colorado trio moved to Brooklyn within six months, where they toured with Yeasayer and MGMT before having the faux-‘80s sounds of their debut Does You Inspire You singled-out as the best album of last year by M83.
They’re also playing a free in-store appearance at Pure Groove Records in London on Wednesday!
You can catch my interview with M83 (along with some album reviews) in the new issue of State magazine, which has just hit stores. This month also includes features with Iggy and The Stooges, The Ting Tings,
Saul Williams, Baby Dee, Dan Deacon and much more.
We *heart* the ’80s. That’s the first thing this track exclaims. And it doesn’t stop there: just delve further into the brilliantly titled Saturdays = Youth, check out the video for ‘Graveyard Girl’ (below), or even take a cursory glance at the album’s artwork. But rest assured, for Frenchman Anthony Gonzalez (aka M83) has refined these elements into a poignant aesthetic that rises far beyond mere retro indulgence and kitsch nostalgia. (more…)