Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Records We Missed '09:: Makeout Videotape

Again, I'm not sure if you can miss an album that was a DIY, limited release (500 EPs), but up until a few weeks ago I had never heard of this young song writing scamp from Vancouver. Considering Mac DeMarco (with drumming support from Alex Calder) - aka Makeout Videotape - had a lengthy tour with herohill favs Japandroids (and signed to the same label), you'd think we would have hipped ourselves to his style many moons ago.

It's fitting that as we get closer and closer to the new year, a few lo-fi, fuzz outfits have been getting the royal treatment. '09 was full of records that could have been recorded in a dumpster behinds the Hardees, but however you looked at the whole chill-wave movement, the talent of a few of the bands was undeniable. For me, it was the artists - like Makeout Videotape or Little Girls - that didn't try to hide their pop sensibilities, they merely chose to balance them with hiss, fuzz and static-y blasts.

Unlike Little Girls - Josh seems more like an 80's club kid caught in the wrong decade at times - Mac's melodies often rely on jazzy chords or blues-y stomps that mix with the sunshine swirl, ohs and ahs to create a debut EP that turns heads. MV is already prepping for a full length on Unfamiliar and chances are even when the lo-fi wave inevitably crashes, Makeout Videotape has already shown they have the chops to stick around.

Makeout Videotape - Heat Wave from ryan anderson on Vimeo.

MP3:: Makeout Videotape - I Guess the Lord is in New York

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