French Cassettes frontman Lorenzo Scott Huerta has a big, beautiful mouth. Huerta *belts* out some sexy, powerful, and anthemic notes in French Cassettes’ newest album Gold Youth.
I was lucky enough to pick up this tape at one of their shows at the Bottom of the Hill with Black Cobra Vipers. Gold Youth is an album that will remind you to stay young and jazzy. Its feel good nature is the type that’ll pick you straight out of a Saturday daze and out into the warm sunshine.
Opening pastorally with air synths overs machined drums and keys banging Scammers proving that ‘TLC may be all I need.’ A fine album of electro pop rock, this is a cassette that is in constant rotation during cassette jockey sets. Moving from introspective to danciness, Cover You is an entirely organ-ic party album. 30 & Smokin is a favorite of mine, an ode to narcissistic nihilism, coincidentally, I picked up smoking again on my 33rd birthday.
Look forward to stumbling on more Phil Diamond, I seriously love the unabashed punk funk of this tape. Available from Field Hymns.
Simple key shifts and stripped down electronics make this record perfect for those late afternoon moments of quiet muse and muted excitement.
Coupler, otherwise known as Ryan Norris, develops haunting spacious notes and small intimate pockets for us to lose ourselves in. ‘America in the Coming Age of Electronics’ drifts occasionally into something that echoes a little more sadness than one would first come to expect.
Second track ‘Ton’ pushes us down singular lines of thought - remaining simplistic throughout, it enables a sense of focus to consume the listener, complicating only towards its tail end. And that remains the beauty of this record for myself, exploring its simplicity, and being gifted the time to really invest in it. It’s quiet, and beautifully so.
Check it out here.
- Luke Bartlett
Not going to lie, we’ve been on pause but I’ve been cueing your cassettes at parties. We’ll be coming out of hibernation this month with some yung blood.