If you’re not yet familiar with the weird and wonderful world of Strategic Tape Reserve, I Heart Noise has a label mix up to introduce you to your new favorite ferric cassette architect. Features some of my favorites like moduS ponY & VLK, qualchan, HAWN, and Whettman Chelmets, plus my contribution to the 2019 compilation Shopland World: Music for a Discovery Park of Miniature Supermarkets. Check out the article on I Heart Noise and the mix on Mixcloud or below:
Tabs Out named the Strategic Tape Reserve Shopland World tape (which I have a track on) their #2 tape of the year and my Departure 2019 tape their #70! Check out the full list (which also includes music friends Whettman Chelmets, Budokan Boys, Nicholas Langley, moduS ponY, Jordan Reyes, and more) here.
Wow, it was a weekend full of Farewell, Doomed Planet! on the airwaves. So many wonderful shows to catch up with:
Strategic Tape Reserve’s ShopLand World: Music For A Discovery Park Of Miniature Supermarkets is happily still making the rounds, most recently being reviewed by my faves Yeah I Know It Sucks. They had this to say about my contribution, “What Penumbras:”
“First shopping mall I entered was one curated and owned by Elizabeth Joan Kelly. Once in I got the surprising surprise of being tossed into what could only be described as a surreal slide into something named ‘What Penumbras’. A heaven for consumers that likes to buy psychedelic experiences from a jar by mumbling gurus that got themselves deliciously surrounded by smoke and special sound effects. It made me not only feel very enthusiastic, it also gave me a very weird feeling in my stomach; a shopping sensation like this, you simply wouldn’t even expect to happen at a well thought out shop in a chewed up Disneyland theme park… This was the impressive place that once you had found the exit again would have made such a impression that it would simply stay with you for days on end.”
Full review on their blog!
Our supermarkets may be small, but our musical ambition knows no bounds! The Strategic Tape Reserve compilation ShopLand World: Music for a Discovery Park of Miniature Supermarkets has continued receiving favorable press, including some alarmingly non-sarcastic banter on the Tabs Out Cassette Podcast. “What Penumbras,” my contribution, also received some praise in Pat Padua’s Spectrum Culture 3.2 star review of the album:
“This isn’t a trip to the dazzling cornucopia of the modern grocery store, but a descent into a commercial hellscape, with a quick succession of shimmering blips suggesting a nightmarish aural vision of the checkout aisle.”
Padua also calls the album a “a dense and frequently unsettling anthology.” Read the full review on the site!
ShopLand World: Music for a Discovery Park of Miniature Supermarkets is out today on the wonderful Strategic Tape Reserve label. Help support Eamon’s dreams of building a miniature supermarket theme park, and listen t 25 solid bangers along the way, all for the low low price of $3.36 USD for digital download or $5.60 USD for a BEYOOTIFUL cassette. Make sure to check out my contribution, “What Penumbras,” at track 2!