1. ...But Now Things Were Different, With Birds Unable To Speak
2. Feelings For Something Lost In Two Parts (Pt. 1)
3. Leaves Abstract In A Village Plunged Into Mourning...
4. Abandoned Houses Hiding In Flickering Shadows
5. Lines Running Low Through 7th (...The Shame Of It All...)
6. It Was A Cold Day In February And We Walked Across The Lake....
7. Departures (Burning Saints For Your Own Sins)
8. Shut Your Eyes And You'll Find The Trees Turning Into Flames
9. When We No Longer Are Around To Write Our Love On Each Others Eyelids
10. Fading Lights And Distant Memories
11. Feelings For Something Lost In Two Parts (Pt. 2)
12. It Ends With A Version Of Keeping, Reminding About What Once Where...
Library Tapes is a Swedish project focusing on minimalistic piano based music. Although piano, ambience and avantgarde often automatically get associated with the likes of Harold Budd and La Monte Young, Library Tapes offers a slight twist that sets themselves apart a bit. As the project name suggests, the music is given an archival treatment. The piano sounds like a musty old relic found in your grandparents' attic and the recordings are given a treatment that make them sound aged and fighting off the ravages of mildew. The resulting sound is captivating, as though you've wandered into a dark room with a flickering television set showing some obscure independent film. Except without the usual pretense that goes along with obscure independent films. To a degree, there is certainly a Harold Budd aspect to the music, but fortunately Library Tapes do not feel the need to recite poetry over their music nor do they drag out any of the songs beyond their suggested shelf life.
Feelings for Something Lost is a very good minimalistic record that aptly captures the title's mood. Best enjoyed with dim lighting, a cat on your lap and perhaps a good single malt scotch while you contemplate...things. And stuff.
Review by John Chedsey
Review date: 03/2009