Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Tap Tap - Lanzafame

Tap Tap
Lanzafame
Catbird

I first read about Tap Tap over at My Old Kentucky Blog. After listening to a sample and reading about them being likened to Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, I decided to get the album. After a quick check out process via paypal over at Catbird Records, and a short wait on the USPS, Tap Tap's Lanzafame showed up in my tiny mailbox.

Upon first listen, the references to Clap Your Hands are understood and accepted. However, listening to it a number of times has uncovered nuances that were perhaps missed on the first pass.

Take "To Our Continuing Friendship" for instance. The chorus on this is more Beach Boys than Clap Your Hands. "Talk Slowly" lets Tap Tap take a crack at low-fi folk, and they pull it off quite well. Standout tracks include opener "100,000 Thoughts," "Little Match (Big Fire)," and the aforementioned "To Our Continuing Friendship."

Tap Tap puts together a little over 30 minutes of bouncy, energetic, quirky pop. If you've got an extra $10 and a paypal account, make it yours.

Check it out if you like: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Islands, Neutral Milk Hotel
Listen to a sample here: "100,000 Thoughts"

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