Music Tapes for Clouds and Tornadoes

The Music Tapes - Music Tapes for Clouds and Tornadoes
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2008 Ratings: #41 / 748
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Based on 13 ratings
August 19, 2008 / Release Date
LP / Format
Merge Records / Label
Lo-Fi, Avant-Folk / Genres
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The word "timeless" is bandied about carelessly in music writing, often incorrectly as an indication that something is more than a fad. But Music Tapes For Clouds and Tornadoes, the long-time-coming sophomore album by Julian Koster's Music Tapes project, is the rare case of a record that literally sounds timeless, or not of a specific era. With liberal use of banjo coupled with the tones of the singing saw and the intimacy of a lo-fi or field recording, Music Tapes comes across like a sweeping summation of the history of 20th century American white-boy music, from the sounds of Appalachia or the Grand Ole Opry to MGM movie musicals and K Records do-it-yourself twee.

An album that is both calming and gives you the feeling you got after opening your presents on Christmas morning as a kid. It's truly a magical experience. If you've ever wanted to hear a man with the soul of a child play songs about reindeer, tornados, and ice palaces recorded on extremely dated technology dating as far back as the early 1900s (and I mean, who hasn't?), give this a go.

Fav Tracks: Song for Oceans Falling, Freeing Song by Reindeer, Freeing Song for Reindeer, In an Ice Palace, ... read more
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Track List

  1. Saw Pingpong And Orchestra
  2. Schedrevka
  3. Freeing Song For Reindeer
  4. Majesty
  5. Nimbus Stratus Cirrus (Mr.Piano's Majestic Haircut) 
  6. Freeing Song By Reindeer
  7. Tornado Longing For Freedom
  8. Song For Oceans Falling 
  9. Kolyada #1
  10. The Minister Of Longitude
  11. Manifest Destiny
  12. Kolyada #2
  13. Cumulonimbus (Magnetic Tape For Clouds)
  14. Julian And Grandpa
  15. In An Ice Palace

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