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FINGERTIPS: “COAST TO COAST” – THE BLANK TAPES (impeccable song, classic sound)
Previously known for his home-recorded-onto-cassette output (and quite a lot of output it was), Matt Adams has taken his shape- (and location-)shifting lo-fi project The Blank Tapes into an actual recording studio, solidified it into a permanent band, and given us an impeccable helping of rock’n’roll goodness in the process.
Adams has always had a knack for songwriting; to my ears, it’s a pleasure to hear a song of his given the width and depth that lo-fi recording really can’t deliver. But it’s not like he’s turned into Beyoncé or anything—a fuzzy sense of the homemade and hand-crafted very much remains, and completely serves a song that pays homage to the garage-y side of classic ’60s rock while avoiding the feel of a hollow knock-off. Hints of the Zombies, the Kinks, CCR, and/or the Guess Who are sprinkled in and around “Coast to Coast,” which is additionally full of splendid touches of its own, both small and large—the minor-key wordless vocal introduction to the major-key song; the fleeting Spector beat in front of the chorus; and (my favorite) the extended bridge that offers not only an aural change of pace but unfolds into a very satisfying coda section (2:48). When the ear is taken on that effective of a side trip, hearts are usually won over.
Adams has spent musical time in both San Francisco and Los Angeles. The latest incarnation of the Blank Tapes is an L.A.-based trio featuring D.A. Humphrey on bass and Pearl Charles on drums. “Coast to Coast” is the first available song from the album Vacation, which is due out in May on Antenna Farm Recordings. You can download the song via the link above or from SoundCloud. Thanks to Largehearted Boy for the head’s up.
Stream: The Blank Tapes, ‘Coast to Coast’
If you weren’t around for the Summer of Love or the Human Be-In — and we somehow suspect that most of you weren’t — find the photo gallery of your choice and listen to “Coast to Coast,” the new single from the Blank Tapes. (Heightening your experience in any other way is strictly optional, mind you.) There you are in 1967, courtesy of songwriter Matt Adams and cohorts Pearl Charles and D.A. Humphrey, who continue to nail the ’60s vibe on their forthcoming album “Vacation” (out May 14 via Antenna Farm Records). Adams, a SoCal native who spent a few years in the Bay Area (during which he released 2010′s “Home Away From Home”), finds musical inspiration in double rainbows, tamarind seeds and “Brazilia,” where he caught a little bossa nova fever while on tour. “Don’t Ever Get Old,” Adams warns near the album’s close. Groovy, man, but easy for you to say.
Pop Press International loves The Blank Tapes, the jangly psychedelic pop project consisting of frontman Matt Adams, who’s backed by Pearl Charles, DA Humphrey, and Will Halsey. We’ve been impressed by the band’s recent mp3s as well as their live show last year in Austin. Yesterday the band released a new single through SPIN magazine in advance of a forthcoming full-length entitled Vacation, which you can stream below. You can also watch an early living room acoustic recording of the song. The Blank Tapes will be at SXSW in just a few short weeks, and in light of that, you should stay tuned to Pop Press International for some important announcements regarding the band.
Easy as a Sunday morning, or Monday as the case may be, “Coast to Coast” finds the Blank Tapes distilling the ’60s guitar-pop sound — a little Dylan, a little Buffalo Spingfield, a little Turtles — into 3 minutes and 36 seconds of bliss.
Canción del Día: The Blank Tapes – Coast To Coast // Febrero 20
CDD/// The Blank Tapes – “Coast To Coast”