Listen to 405 Radio
Cassettes Won't Listen - Evinspacey

Cassettes Won't Listen - Evinspacey

by , 09 August 2011

Jason Drake the mind behind Cassettes Won’t Listen had his business head screwed tightly on when naming this album. Before its release the publicity around the album was already rife. Kevin Spacey, who the album was named after, felt it necessary to issue a cease and desist letter which in situations like this is a PR persons dream. As the industry insiders would say, ‘any publicity is good publicity’.

The album actually has nothing to do with the actor at all. Drake explained in interviews that the name was originally meant to allude to the open space he was acclimatizing to after moving from Brooklyn to Southern California. It also wasn’t the first time he’d been on the receiving end of a cease and desist letter as he’d previously pissed off Guns N’ Roses after making remixes from Chinese Democracy and mixing them with Ludacris acapella takes, all before the G n R album had it’s official release.

Evinspacey the album (nothing to do with an actor of a similar name) is the follow up to the 2008 album Small Time Machine which garnered a fair amount of attention for Drake after he decided to turn his bedroom hip hop making machine into something more elaborate after including live instruments and picking up the mic.

His latest offering is an electro indie affair incorporating hip hop beats and a vaguely Death Cab for Cutie style vocal (in tone not in lyrical content) smothered in squeaks and spacey synth sounds. The best songs on the album in my opinion ('Wave To The Winners', 'The Night Shines & Stuck') all have slightly dark undertones and are surrounded by slightly more generic summery pop songs like the first single ‘perfect day’.

It’s a decent release and a large step towards Drake becoming further established as an electro pop artist. Personally I’d like to see him pushing more boundaries and breaking more rules in his music. I think then we might see his next album making much larger strides into our collective consciousness.

Rating: 7/10

Purchase and listen

Related Reviews

  • The Stepkids - The Stepkids

    The Stepkids - The Stepkids

    by Chris Lancaster

    The Stepkids</strong> are not what you would call a conventional band/group; instead they are the culmination of many styles and genres and three individuals all of which are pulling in the same direction. No deadwood here. The collective is made up of three singer/songwriters including guitarist Jeff Gitelman, who up to recently was the touring guitarist for Alicia Keys. [read more]

  • Fighting Kites / Broken Shoulder - Split EP

    Fighting Kites / Broken Shoulder - Split EP

    by Ashley Davies

    I’m a big fan of instrumental music, so when I heard about this Fighting Kites / Broken Shoulder Split EP I was keen to give it a lengthy listen and metaphorically put pen to paper to review it, well more like pressing fingers to the keyboard, but you get where I’m going. [read more]

  • Subkicks - Threes, Fives and Sevens

    Subkicks - Threes, Fives and Sevens

    by Ross Haymes

    Label: SNS Records Release date: Out Now Website: Buy: Amazon Subkicks latest release Threes, Fives and Sevens has everything you’d expect from your standard indie rock romp release, but does it do justice to a band who managed to become literally ‘huge in Japan’ back in 2006? Subkicks have by no means broken any boundaries through their latest offering but that’s not to say it’s all bad. Each track manages to hold its own and although the c... [read more]

  • Ale Mania/Sauna Youth - Magenta Split 7"

    Ale Mania/Sauna Youth - Magenta Split 7"

    by Steve Mcgillivray

    Brighton's indie label Faux Discx are releasing a number of split 7" and the latest of these, all of which are colour coded, is the MAGENTA release which features two tracks apiece from Sauna Youth and Ale Mania. Sauna Youth are based in Brighton and London while Ale Mania hail from San Diego, California. It's also a very limited series with only 300 copies of each release worldwide. [read more]


Follow Us

Recommended Posts

Popular Posts

Mailing List

Sign up to our weekly mailing list.

Around The Web