On New Horizons Volume 2 is our second compilation release featuring 14 tracks introducing you to some of the finest undiscovered bands & artistes from the UK, USA & Canada. A fabulous and eclectic album ranging through Folk, Blues, Punk, Acoustic, Metal, Rock, Indie Pop & even some Country thrown in too :-)
ZyNg Tapes' latest release, the compilation cassette On New Horizons vol 2, released to coincide with Cassette Store Day 2015. The whole package is a complete work of art, as is usual for ZyNg Tapes. The tape itself is clear/yellow/white with on-body printing, and it comes with a full colour pro-printed inlay with background info on the artists, and a free badge. The tape covers a wide variety of music but holds together as a complete album. There's punky powerpop from Bedbound by Summer, indie rock from S J Denney, acoustic pop from Battleship Romance, punky pop from Alice Kat, rock 'n' roll-infused powerpop from The Sylvia Platters, and engagingly off-centre, spiky alternative rock from Will Dixon.
Twist Helix describe themselves as indie pop, though their music gives an alternative definition of indie pop that differs quite sharply from the genre of this name that has its roots in the 1980s. Twist Helix have a very modern approach which combines electronic pop with a melancholic yet punchy alternative vibe. Go Go Midgets are inspired by US hardcore punk, their music being heavy yet melodic. Nev Clay appears with a folky acoustic singer-songwriter piece that is really moving and well-crafted. Minuss appear with a fierce, noisy number somewhere between hardcore punk, grunge, and garage rock. Bedsit Manor makes emotional alternative pop with effective use of atmospheric electronics. Eric Peter Schwartz makes dark and raw acoustic music with a nod to the bleaker side of Americana. Lion Skin contribute a powerful synthesis of alternative rock and punk pop. Kevin Hodge combines country rock with a crass sense of humour in his song Porno Star Who Loves Me. As a particular fan of folk music, my personal favourites on this collection are the tracks by Nev Clay and Eric Peter Schwartz, though everyone here does their chosen style of music well.
I've seen some talk here and there from people who are sceptical about the current tapes revival, dismissing it as a 'hipster fad'; that may be true for some of the newer tape labels (though none that I've run into yet), but I don't see anything hipsterish or faddish about ZyNg Tapes. Being founded by Rob Kirtley of The Rabbit's Hat, who came out of the Stone Premonitions collective which had its own tape label back in the 90s, ZyNg Tapes thus has roots in the original tape label scene, which was the complete antithesis of trendy faddish nonsense. A firm support for DIY grassroots music shines through in the releases of ZyNg Tapes. As they aim to cover all genres, it's inevitable that not everything they feature will line up with my own musical tastes, but even so, ZyNg Tapes is a label I'm proud to support as it is keeping the spirit of underground cassette culture alive.
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