Performed as the alias of solo artist Dayve Hawk, Memory Tapes’ style is nothing you can really put a finger on. “Bicycles” is a leafy suburban road outfitted with Congo drums, “Plain Material” is a 60s vinyl played in a large French cathedral, and “Green Knight” could easily be found in a backroad German euroclub where expatriate funk enthusiasts go to get down. The only common trait among all the work that Hawk has put out is a sustained haze of sound that tends to pervade through every song. There is never a silent or inharmonious moment— a quality that makes every listen worthwhile and complex. Hawk’s innovation is never-ending—the man has gone through more aliases than Diddy Dirty Money, and his music similarly shows little sign of ceasing.
By, Dale Bachman