Cassettes Won't Listen is the brainchild of New York-based multi-instrumentalist Jason Drake who founded the project as a solo effort in 2004. On Tuesday, he released his instrumental album "The Quiet Trial" that seems inspired by his fun with the turntables, indie-rock and the streets of New York. Musically, Cassettes Won't Listen might remind you of Air's atmospheric electro and the delicate kicks of Alan Braxe.
Recorded in Drake's Tribeca home studio, "The Quiet Trial" [stream] is a lush collage of instrumental electro-pop intertwined with samples from street sounds, voice mail recordings and television newscasts. Take for example "The Sidewalk Cruise." Close your eyes and imagine floating down Manhattan's urban grid ignoring the hustle and bustle on every street corner while listening to this track. Other stand out tracks include the hip hop inspired "Fresh Dipped," the melodic voice mail mash-up "Gigga" and the multi-layered "To Have A Crush" that combines propulsive synths with Drake's rock sensibilities.
Jason Drake's Cassettes Won't Listen is a force to be reckoned with. "The Quiet Trial" shows that he has a knack for both melody and innovation. This is hands-down one of the most accessible and accomplished electronica records of 2006. (Click here to purchase and download "The Quiet Trial.") (Thanks to Dope Lotus Recordings for allowing me to share this track with Arjanwrites.com readers.)
Download Cassettes Won't Listen "The Sidewalk Cruise" [MP3]