With a name like Cassette this has to be lo-fi bedroom pop...right? Think again. This veritably un-searchable indie rock quantity, evidently based in Austin, Tejas, exuded far more studio finesse than I expected going into this one, and to everyone's benefit this ep's half a dozen tunes were worth laboring over. Sure, Cassette sport tuneful bona fides, but more discernibly there's a real technical proficiency at play here, recalling this quartet's inspirational antecedents No Knife, The Jealous Sound, and even Clairty-era Jimmy Eat World. Moreover, they pull off mildly downcast and contemplative motifs without resorting to anything too heavy handed or maudlin enough to dodge most, if any, dreaded "emo" accusations. This is one blind purchase that turned out to be an unexpected delight.
01. Oak & Tunnel 02. New Southern Economy 03. The Anchor 04. Real Live Animals 05. Waking World 06. Every Last Tall Building