Avilés (Asturias), 1999. Daniel Romero creates .tape. [spelled dot tape dot] in order to turn his room into a magical sound device, mixing folk guitars with bleeps, 8-bit sounds with toy instruments, cheap keyboards and laptop, pop melodies with drone experimentation. In 2002 he becomes the first artist to record for the reunion of two prestigious French labels (Optical Sound & Aspic Records), where he releases his first album, “Flying Over Bañugues. Loops & Sketches”, a delicious and chaotic tribute to a tiny town in Asturias.
Although he is surely the best kept secret in Spanish electronica music –if we dare to call it electronica- his work catches the ear of the more restless, and it becomes difficult to keep track of his collaborations on labels from all over the world (tar100mg in Japan, Mira Records in Germany or Mexican Soundsister), and his numerous remixes everywhere (Phasmid, Rainier Lericolais, Fibla, Lusan, Strand, mou-lips! or Propergol and Colargol).
In this, his first record for spa.RK, .tape. features his collection of toy instruments (guitar, xylophone, accordion, violin), and opens the doors of his universe to different guest collaborators (amongst others, Angelica Negrón, from Puerto Rico’s band Balún, on violin, David Cordero from Spanish post-rock band Úrsula, Paul Slocum from Texan duet Tree Wave and Steven Scott from the Scottish band Text Adventure) who have contributed with sounds, and even vocals, to .tape.’s own special sound treatment. Without losing one bit of freshness and luminosity, .tape. leaves behind his lo-fi productions and spins a web of sinewaves, loops, sinuous noises and crystal-clear jinglings that turn his new record into the perfect mix of electronic lullabies, post-folk landscapes, timeless pop and poignant experimentation. There is even room for an toy poptronic bizarre hit called “The Projectionist”.
A record full of poetry and emotional intensity, intimate and delicate, allowing us a view of the very special and private world in which .tape. organizes and reorganizes his sound universe. A nice surprise coming from the new Spanish electronica scene.
released October 5, 2005
music by .tape.
daniel romero: acoustic guitar, toy accordion, toy xylophone, toy guitar, toy violin, objects, mouse, knobs, keys, software
luis solís: double bass
mikel martínez: electric guitar
steven scott: vocals (the projectionist)
david cordero: electric guitar, melodica
angélica negrón: violin
paul scolum: vocals (the projectionist)