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GRL MTN Presents: Aaural II

Posted on: July 17th, 2012 by Matt Gilles

I hate to pull our own chain like this, but we’re extremely proud to be expanding the Ann Arbor-based GRL MTN music collective (of which we at Zen Tapes are all members of) to some new friends. To usher in our extended family, we’ve created Aaural II, a compilation comprised of exclusive tracks all across the board.

As we continue to evolve, we’d like to give you a permanent invitation into our ever-morphing world through the machinery of a brand new website, which has been painstakingly created from the ground up by our own Cory Levinson (!!). It’s simply GRLMTN.com. Go figure.

We really hope that you enjoy the new homestead of our music and that you have some great times on your own accord with Aaural II playing somewhere in the background. For now, enjoy a few tracks from our newly indoctrinated friends:

mp3: OldKid: “Urban (P)light”

mp3: Known Moons: “The Structures の 様 Child”

mp3: Samn Johnson: “Pictured Rocks”

P.S.- we even have t-shirts for sale!

Lucy and the Daze: ‘Alone, Together’

Posted on: July 5th, 2012 by Tom Auty

Discovered this cool album via email a few days ago. ‘Alone, Together’ progresses in a really fluid way. It’s a piece centered around self-reflection and transformation, themes that are captured in a cinematic way, something I observed prior to reading the description about the release.

From the bandcamp:

This is a concept album I made in December. When I was alone, which was most of the time, I started hearing a score to a film I had never seen. It was really simple. And then I started hearing a voice telling me how to make it sound better. Telling me, take this out, put this in. This voice became my “imaginary friend”. We began working on this EP blending sounds and emotions, making things that sounded cool to us. Going from a really dark place in my life, to now what seems like Nirvana. If I wouldn’t have made this…whatever it is, i don’t know, I would probably be in a metal institution. So give it a listen.

Buy it at any price, $0 to $999. This is definitely something to listen to fully. Ideally without interruption.

Pure Bathing Culture: “Ivory Coast”

Posted on: July 3rd, 2012 by Matt Gilles

“Ivory Coast” is an idealized summer day, both bright and melancholy in divine proportion. It’s the kind of song that I can fall in love with, not for a presumed perfection—nothing in this reality is perfect. I’m in love with it for the imaginary that Pure Bathing Culture‘s simple dreaminess beckons—to be perfectly aligned with another’s essence, flawless health, to live in a moment of bliss forever. True or not, Pure Bathing Culture has me.

Their  self-titled debut EP is available as a glossy wax 12″ courtesy of Father/Daughter Records. It can be purchased here or streamed as individual tracks on the Pure Bathing Culture Bandcamp.

mp3: Pure Bathing Culture: “Ivory Coast”

Macintosh Plus: “リサフランク 420 _ 現代のコンピュ”

Posted on: June 26th, 2012 by Matt Gilles

Seeping out of the mysterious internet aether, are the refreshing 90′s-inspired sounds of Macintosh Plus.

Dreamy and bright, “リサフランク420 _ 現代のコンピュ” roughly translates to “420 Modern Computing Lisa Frank,” and somehow that makes perfect sense. Delicate and hazy, Macintosh Plus builds on a seemingly familiar melody and has me entranced into a floral world of nothing but bright bliss.

Floral Shop is their only release, and it came out last December. Unfortunately the limited run of 100 cassettes are long gone. Support them by purchasing the digital release from the Bandcamp of their label, Beer on the Rug, which of course includes a captivating stream of their entire album.

And don’t forget, “it’s all in your head.”

mp3: Macintosh Plus: “リサフランク420 _ 現代のコンピュ”

Our Brother The Native: ‘Pairing’

Posted on: June 19th, 2012 by Matt Gilles

oh, lord, tell me- is this the love that I am meant for?

Ann Arbor eternals, Our Brother The Native, return with a dreamy math rock-inspired coupling of songs, “Edward” and “Pears,” and the pairing of the two are absolutely sublime. “Edward” is a gentle Tera Melos-esque number reminiscent to smoothly running your hand over a water’s surface. “Pears” is more of a rhythmic venture that features organic percussive samples as well as glorious brass and woodwinds, conveying the feeling of warmth emanating from within.

Pairing will surface as a digital single, courtesy of Canada’s We Are Busy Bodies. Enjoy the stream below:

Reedbeds: ‘Fervent Pitches’

Posted on: June 9th, 2012 by Tom Auty

5 new tracks from Reedbeds, the two tracks below are my favorite of the five, but you can listen to the whole thing here and download it for free here. Meandering, mellow guitar drones accompanied by some sort of keyboard, definitely a must-listen.

Coma Cinema: VHS White Trash (Drunk Version)

Posted on: June 4th, 2012 by Matt Gilles

Mat Cothran is back, this time readying the fourth Coma Cinema LP, School Shootings. “White Trash VHS (Drunk Version)” is a warm easy rider that circles in and about Mat’s inner essence, channelling sordid demons and distant hope just the same. While it is casually described on Cothran’s blog as “just a demo,” it is as addictive and as perfect as any Coma Cinema work, and per usual, I can’t stop listening to it repeatedly.

Gossamer: ‘Gossamer’ EP

Posted on: June 3rd, 2012 by Matt Gilles

Boston’s emotive beatsmith, Gossamer, creates tender compositions that are filled longing and sadness. Bright vocal samples haunt an otherwise barren terrain, filled with engrossing textures and the low hum of sub bass.  The ease in which he progresses through a narrative of meditative reflection and somber self-discovery makes Gossamer‘s self-titled debut best listened to all the way through in one sitting.

Download the EP for free from The Melt’s Bandcamp. Enjoy a couple of my favorites below:

mp3: Gossamer: “Didn’t Mean To”

mp3: Gossamer: “U(Brown’s Round)”

Infamous Reptar: “Nostalgia”

Posted on: May 31st, 2012 by Matt Gilles

Atlanta’s Infamous Reptar is a natural beatsmith with a good ear and a secret collection of golden samples. “Nostalgia” uses a classy jazz cut to build a loose groove, perhaps akin sneaking into a country club at night to light a blunt rolled in the skin of a Cohiba.

Reptar just released No Name, Just Beats a couple of weeks ago, and the whole tape is a pleasant excursion into Dilla-inspired head nodding. Get the whole thing for free from Bandcamp.

mp3: Infamous Reptar: “Nostalgia”