For a stay at home dad, Dayve Hawk is a busy man. This Philadelphia father has been releasing albums of summery tunes under various noms-de-plume for the last several years, and on the eve of his first show under the Memory Tapes moniker he brings us a radio friendly edit (relatively speaking, of course) of 'Graphics' from his latest LP, Seek Magic.

With a summer so dominated by the brand of woozy, analog distorted electro-pop that Memory Tapes so clearly falls in line with, it might at first seem a bit odd for Dayve Hawk, of Weird Tapes and Memory Cassettes, to drop his latest single in the midst of the January freeze. And it would be easy to lump 'Graphics' in with this latest crop of 'Glo-fi', but Hawk separates himself from the other neon-clad knob twiddlers with a certain sincerity in his voice that rides every slightly out of tune "Ah-ah-ah". Hawk's lyrics belie the dancy upbeat mood set by the summery instrumentation, and make it a bit more appropriate for a winter release. They're downright depressing ("I don't even recognize the sound of your voice / feel of your touch. / You can be alone / even though I'm here by your side"). Where Alan Palomo would be spouting glassy-eyed nostalgia, Hawk laments a devolving relationship.

While 'Graphics' is an intriguing and an ultimately danceable tune it doesn't deviate too much from the analog blip-blip-crack that we have come to associate with Neon Indian and Washed Out. However, unlike his contemporaries, Hawk uses a defined pulse to drive his song. At its heart this is club music, it's built to be danced to. It builds until that aforementioned cathartic chorus, when a few light-hearted synth flourishes cap the dreary vocals and send the song into a long instrumental outro. If not for the slightly out of tune vocals, and the decidedly low fidelity production, Hawk might have drawn some mainstream attention.

This edited version of 'Graphics' is cut nearly in half, and you lose most of the fuzzy instrumental breaks present on the album version. While that edit may be beneficial in terms of earning a few more spins on the radio, the album version is certainly a more expansive, beautiful piece of music. 'Graphics' is a pretty piece of hazy blip-pop and might serve as a great three and a half minute summation of Hawk’s many projects, but it doesn't merit a purchase if you already have Seek Magic .

Rating: 7/10