Various The Minimal Wave Tapes, Volume One

Various The Minimal Wave Tapes, Volume One
Around 1979, punk rock began its steady gestation into new wave and post-punk. The Minimal Wave Tapes chronicles an alternate route where Italo disco and no wave acted as stopgaps. Compiled and re-mastered by Veronica Vasicka, and released by Peanut Butter Wolf, The Minimal Wave Tapes chronicles 14 tracks of highly fashioned analogue synth pop, mostly released independently on limited-edition cassette or vinyl. Featuring the same sleek, NYC-influenced lo-fi buzz utilized by the XX and the Italians Do It Better roster, The Minimal Wave Tapes provides listeners a glimpse into a scene remarkably ahead of its time. From the sandpaper bounce of Belgium's Linear Movement ("Way Out of Living") to the spacious drawl of Brooklyn's Tara Cross ("Tempus Fugit") and the "he said/she said," ennui-draped trade-offs of France's Deux ("Game & Performance"), the most thrilling factor about The Minimal Waves Tapes remains the proposition of a sequel. (Stones Throw)