Days Without End

Artist: (various)

Title: Days Without End

Released: 2012

Label: Clock Tower Nine

Format: cassette

Genre: pop rock, post punk, dream pop, psyche, garage, instrumental rock, alt rock

Days Without End is a cassette compilation of many emerging artists and bands, some of which hail from the thriving musical havens of Seattle and Cleveland.  The compilation is sewn together by the genius behind Clock Tower Nine, Danny, and I have to say that this is a compilation that will not be one to miss.  The variety of sound here is enough to keep you engaged and actively tuned it, if you’re not compulsively singing along (as I tend to do after a few listens).

What I like most about this cassette is that there really aren’t any low lights.  This is a problem I find with a lot of major label compilations.  Sometimes they cram a bunch of tunes that really don’t fit together onto one disc or stuff well known artists on with a bunch of unknown artists and the mix winds up creating mixed results, as in many instances, the lesser known artists have better tunes to offer than the well-known folks.  Here, every artist packs a track or two that’s perfect.  Even if the style is drastically different from the previous track, it still feels like it belongs there.

As for the aforementioned styles, one can jump from the wild rock of Self Destruct Button (see their Bandcamp) to the indie, almost dreamy Orca Team.  The tracks move effortlessly between the dreamiest pop/garage rock to mellow and playful instrumentals.  Seriously, I am finding very little to complain about here.  Not a weak spot to be found.

Lately, it seems that you cannot go wrong with material from tiny labels or small projects and this is no exception.  I would highly recommend picking up your copy of the cassette and the upcoming zine today.  It highlights some of the best music that no one else is hearing out of some of the most musically diverse havens in the country.  And if you’re into this sort of psyche / post punk/ dream pop/ hard rock awesomeness, this cassette should be in your hands right now.

4.8 out of 5.

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About Nick H.

I'm a geek for music whether it be on vinyl, CD, 78 or whatever. My goal is to sniff out the greated music on Earth, specializing in the obscure. I make music myself as well, mostly ambient and sound collage (1 album out and a few remixes so far). I work full time as a professional mascot (it pays the pills) but will soon retire, i hope.
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