Saturday, March 17, 2012

Album Review: Erased Tapes Collection IV

Album Rating: A-
It's perfect really, not only is Erased Tapes Collection IV a wonderful record in its own right, but it's a beautiful entry point into one of music's most endearing labels.  You see, Erased Tapes is about as "indie" as a label could possibly get.  However, they specialize in some of the most blissfully organic and enchanting music; post-rock and instrumental rock imbued with a certain poetic beauty.  Such artists include: Olafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm, and A Winged Victory for the Sullen.  These artists are at the very top of their respective areas of music.  And you know what?  Each of them-and more-are present on Erased Tapes Collection IV.

Released last month, the album is exactly what one would expect: a collection of songs from recording artists on the Erased Tapes Label.  Listeners are treated to the dreamy soundscapes of Olafur Arnalds, the lovely piano tunes of Nils Frahm, and the dramatic post-rock stylings of Codes in Clouds.  This is truly a remarkable deal considering Erased Tapes smartly chose a stunning tracklist.  "Near Light" was an incredible standout on last year's Living Room Songs, while "Poland" was easily one of the most captivating tunes on this years Another Happy Day OST.  Arnalds is at his best on these songs (which is saying quite a lot considering his track record) and one would surely be missing out if passed up.  Nils Frahm also brings a lot to the table with "For" and "Snippet," entrancing piano melodies from one of contemporary music's best.  While not the absolute best from A Winged Victory for the Sullen, "Steep Hills of Vicodin Tears" is still an absolute must hear from one of the greatest ambient records in years.  Blending classical tendancies with the serene minimalist ambience of Adam Wiltzie.

Erased Tapes Collection IV is pretty much a no brainer.  As a solid, cohesive album it fails because it simply isn't a solid cohesive album.  As a collective of some of the most beautiful music out there today, it meets, and in most respects, exceeds expectations.  If you've been on the fence about any of the included artists, or have simply never heard of them, then do yourself a favor and check this awesome little record out.

Track List:
A Winged Victory For The Sullen – Steep Hills Of Vicodin Tears
Ólafur Arnalds – Poland
Nils Frahm – Snippet
Codes In The Clouds – You Are Not What You Think You Are (Rival Consoles RMX)
Rival Consoles – Into The Heart I
Peter Broderick – Old Time
Oliveray – Growing Waterwings
The British Expeditionary Force – Where You Go I Will Follow
Ólafur Arnalds – Near Light
Nils Frahm – For
Jon Hopkins – Insides (Rival Consoles RMX)

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