Thoroughly pleasant though it undeniably is, Tapes ‘n Tapes’_ ‘Omaha’_ doesn’t actually do a great deal. Three-and-a-half minutes of rolled percussion and repetitive lyrics, it’s a temporarily distracting piece that doesn’t once so much as suggest it’s about to get going, to grind its gears and at least half-heartedly force the pedal to the metal.
A download-only release – presumably an attempt to attract those few digital domain strays who haven’t yet become aware of its recommended parent LP, The Loon – this single isn’t in the same league as predecessors ‘Cowbell’ and the excitable ‘Insistor’; it’s a slow-paced march, unlikely to set feet ablaze but equally unlikely to be dismissed as middle-of-the-road fare. It’s nice, in a quirkily indie-rockin’ fashion.
And for once ‘nice’ shouldn’t be interpreted as damnation by faint praise. Consider this the final page of the band’s first chapter, and look forward to album two.
6Mike Diver's Score