We view cities as unsleeping machines. A constant whirring of life and motion that moves like the tide; the comings and goings of people scattered about living their ordinary lives can be both mundane and beautiful. The idea that a city doesn’t sleep is hardly a new one; nightlife in a city often bursts with life before ebbing back to a more reflective and purposeful slumber when the sun sets.
Although they’re a brand new prospect, London natives Night Tapes have taken it upon themselves to document that wistful saunter into dawn whilst aiming to capture and distill the very soul of London and the need to sometimes escape from it.
Having probably one of the best release titles of the year, Dream Forever In Glorious Stereo is a short but incredibly sweet release. The vibrant melancholic energy of the three tracks that make up this EP are incredible and whilst the record has been split into three component tracks which titles make up the EP title “Dream”, “Forever”, and “In Glorious Stereo” the EP is best taken as one uninterrupted seventeen-minute hit.
If the tracks within Dream Forever In Glorious Stereo are to be considered movements capturing a time of day, the opening “Dream” would be dusk, the ambling drums bolstered by a clutch of deeply captivating gaze-y guitar bursts that lead the empyreal vocals listlessly to the forefront. Synth swells bring an electronic brightness to cut through the sunlight. Moving through “Forever” the vocal enraptures, the dynamic shifts slightly with a brightness that feels more incandescent as driving bass lines twist and turn among the ever-expanding soundscape.
Final track “In Glorious Stereo” is the last remaining puzzle piece that completes this sonic jigsaw, the moment everything clicks. The organic opening has remnants of the studio session left to give impressions of every day activity as the frenetic synths become more unpredictable, removing the lucidity of waking hours as the drift toward sleep becomes an ever-thickening haze that ultimately gives way to static as we dream forever in glorious stereo.
Night Tapes have, in one short release, remarkably nailed the sound that many bands spend years striving for. A blend of complementary genres that create the impression of looking at hazy dream pop and neo-noir synthwave through a vibrant kaleidoscope of possibilities. The remarkable level of infectious vibrancy captured in such a small run time of Dream Forever In Glorious Stereo is to be applauded. I want more, but for now – this will do nicely.