Pillowdiver / Cassette Recordings
01 10th of August 2011 / 02 15th of August 2011 / 03 27th of August 2011 / 04 6th of November 2011 / 05 23rd of November 2011 / 06 26th of November 2011
All Music by René Margraff
$10 / ANALOGPATH006 / photo inlay printed on traditional Japanese rice paper is included / cdr Limited 100
Cassette Recordings was recorded with little planning or fuss, the process involving Margraff making use of a Fender Jazzmaster and a selection of effects pedals which were then directed into a 4 track cassette recorder. Cassette Recordings seems to benefit from the unique texture which only lo-fi magnetic cassette tape can accurately reproduce and this approach, added to the unfussy naming of tracks by the date in which they were created and the simple packaging courtesy of Analogpath, all serves to create the impression of an unpretentious musician confident in his ability to produce music which stands on its own merit.
The album’s six tracks are dated between 10th August – 26th November 2011 and from the opening number there are echo’s of Margraff’s work in Two People In A Room, with a more overtly bleak and distortion-heavy feel to the music when compared to the relatively cleaner tones of Sleeping Pills. Despite the similar style and tempo of the material within Cassette Recordings and the way in which each track seems to blend into the next, the effect is not at all dulling and this author would be happy to listen to endless hours of the same slow exploration of Margraff’s fretboard without ever growing tired of it.
Cassette Recordings is a fine example of what a talented artist can produce when limited to barebones recording techniques in order to highlight that which matters most of all, the music itself. – Adam Williams for Fluid Radio