Tape Tension – “Moving Pictures”


Released today from Tape Tension, “Moving Pictures” is an alluring new track touting a lushly melodic synth-pop charm. Fans of Caribou and Toro y Moi will find a familiar comfort with the bouncy synth-laden backbone and serenely melodic vocal lead. The production feels vibrant and illuminated, with synth arps and a suave bass line adding enjoyable complements. The overall vibe reminds me very fondly of Caribou’s album Andorra, if Toro y Moi was on vocals. “Moving Pictures” succeeds, fully.

Tape Tension is the project of Minneapolis-based multi-instrumentalist and producer Jack Ross. Formed in 2015, with debut single “Driving” releasing in 2017 and a full-length a year later, Tape Tension has been rising especially since the release of 2019 single “With Our Eyes Closed,” which landed on Spotify’s ‘Fresh Finds’ and other notable publications/playlists — and one we were thrilled to premiere. Next up is another full-length album, releasing sometime this year.

Ross elaborates more on the track’s creative process below:

“This was a challenging song to write and record, but I’m glad that I took my time to let it develop naturally. For the most part, that time had to do with writing the lyrics. I had most of the music done quite a few months before that, but finding the right words to fit the things I was feeling and the things I was hearing in the music was tough. It’s undeniably a breakup song, but one that’s about the process of making peace with the reality of breaking up with someone (not being broken up with) and moving on with your life, hoping that they do the same and eventually find their own peace. But just like how going through those motions can be pretty hard and takes time, writing honest songs about it can also be pretty hard and takes time.”

“Moving Pictures” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of July 2020’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Electro-Pop.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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