Artist to Watch: Memory Tapes

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Who:Memory Tapes
Where: New Jersey

28-year-old Dayve Hawk isn't your average musician. The one-time frontman for defunct Philly post-punk outfit Hail Social now spends his days as a stay-at-home dad in rural Southern Jersey, where he lives with no phone, no car, and plenty of time to make lo-fi new-wave disco that recalls the emotive pop sounds of New Order and Cocteau Twins. The Memory Tapes moniker is actually a combination of two projects which date back to Hawk's teenage years—Weird Tapes and Memory Cassette, the latter cooked up as a "feminine" alter-ego to the former. After releasing a series of tracks and remixes online, not to mention the official Call & Response EP as Memory Cassette, he has officially merged the two projects and dropped a full-length album as Memory Tapes, Seek Magic.

Listen: "Bicycle"

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