Nobody's Moving EP





Once November rolls in, the overwhelming avalanche of new albums finally slows down a bit. This has given me a chance to rummage through my "need to listen" pile, which I started doing this week, making sure that no good records slipped through the cracks. Well, one CD almost did get overlooked, which would have been a shame. Cassettes Won't Listen, who recently completed their Nobody's Moving EP, are the latest signings to NYC's Dope Lotus Records. Their electronic-flavored indie pop draws from a variety of sources, resulting in an optimistic collection of tunes that at times reminds me of Self blended with the Mobius Band. "Take This Outside" kicks off the EP with looping keyboards and catchy vocal melodies that will have "whoah oh oh" stuck in your head until you finally drift into a turkey-induced coma next week. The music on "Cutting Balloons" could easily pass for New Order, featuring a very "Hooky"-inspired melody that should be the lead single. Hey CWL members, there is my helpful tip of the day! The EP switches gears with "Lunch For Breakfast", which embraces the electronic influences of Boards Of Canada for a large portion of the song. When the guitars kick in further into the track, the perfect blend of indie-electro pop and shoegazer rock make this quite possibly the finest song on the release. The EP ends with "Summer Vacation" which takes the pop formula of the Postal Service and blends it up with some DJ Shadow-esque beats that really shows off the musical diversity of CWL. For their debut EP, Cassettes Won't Listen are off to a strong start. I expect to see their name popping up quite often once this release hits shops in early '06.

Cassettes Won't Listen
Dope Lotus Records

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Nobody's Moving EP