There’s a 2009 buzzword that will probably always be associated with Memory Tapes, an ephemeral subgenre that seemed like it would die out but in fact went on to be extremely influential in underground music these past few years, and anyway all the bands that were unwittingly lumped together as part of that ephemeral subgenre have branched out into different directions and new sounds.
So let’s forget about all that for a second and focus on Grace/Confusion, the album rural New Jersey home recorder Dayve Hawk released last December. It’s a mess, but it’s a mighty beautiful mess, one where the rewards outweigh the frustrations. Hawk piled on sounds, genres and ideas of all sorts, then (sort of) streamlined them into multi-segmented odysseys that reflect everything from Steely Dan to Nine Inch Nails to Enya.
In the live setting, Hawk brings along bandmates, so the music’s harder-hitting aspects come to the fore, which bodes well for Monday’s gig with Sleep Over.