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35 TAPES

Symphonic Prog • Norway


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Founded in Oslo, Norway in 2018

35 TAPES started in Oslo by Morten LUND (guitar, keys, vocals) and Jarle WANGEN (bass, guitars, vocals). They wanted to put some groovy 70's style of drums on their music which lead up to the hiring of drummer Bjorn STOCKKLAND. The band has the chance to have the support of Robin Morterson and the Apollon Record Label. They were joined by keyboard player Jo WANG and drummer Andreas ERIKSON from BEL CANTO to play the album on stage. The music is heavily influenced by the symphonic prog rock of the '70s, especially by GENESIS and CAMEL.

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3.84 | 28 ratings
Lost & Found
2019
2.91 | 16 ratings
Home
2021

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 Home by 35 TAPES album cover Studio Album, 2021
2.91 | 16 ratings

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35 Tapes Symphonic Prog

Review by Second Endeavour

3 stars Two years on the heels of their excellent debut release, 35 TAPES crank out a sophomore album 'Home'. As was to be expected, it's a quality teamwork, where the instrumental prowness and heartfelt singing communicate very well. In terms of musical approach, Norwegian band recreate the vibe of the early-to- mid 1970's, that stands in stark contrast to the 'fury' of modern prog-rock scene. Imagine a melange of Camel and Genesis - this can give you a flavour of what to expect here. It is all about details, construction and embodiment. I also hear aesthetics of Yes to some extent. The other influences or references are less notable. Actually, 35 Tapes represent a delicate hybrid, rather than a blatant copy. Based on the old-school ingredients, the six original compositions use a sonic palette that fits in mellow symphonesque prog, packed with goodness. Everything is underpinned by a sense of melody, while the music moves through different areas for comfortable feel. To conclude, one minor remark about new disk. My own personal wish would be for the band to provide a multi-part epic here, giving the set an extra dimension. Either way, CD 'Home' is a pleasant album and well worth a try.
 Home by 35 TAPES album cover Studio Album, 2021
2.91 | 16 ratings

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Review by prog_traveller!!

2 stars The second album from 35 tapes Home is released in 2021 and it consists of six songs. The first tune Undertows starts really well with elements of space/psych rock, repetitive riff with Mellotron that compliments it. It builds up with the entire band joining. After the first chorus it's getting a little bit darker and we have a small Hammond part. The last part of the song again delivers a fine space feel. This song sets the tone of the whole album.

After hearing it many times my conclusion is that this album is not for everyone I find it kind of boring, there are some good moments but if I needed to place this album I would say that this is a space/psych album with elements of pop not symphonic prog at all.

I waited for something to happen, for songs to build up in a more epic sense but it does not happen. Mellow feel goes trough out and I must say that the vocals just don't speak to me, they additionally add to the boring feel that this album, at least for me, delivers.

 Lost & Found by 35 TAPES album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.84 | 28 ratings

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35 Tapes Symphonic Prog

Review by Progfan97402
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4 stars It might seem strange any band would name themselves 35 Tapes until you realize that's the amount of tapes inside a Mellotron M400. Since these guys indeed use Mellotron and plenty of it that they're named 35 Tapes. These guys advertise that they're not for virtuoso showmanship and instead go for a nice blend of symphonic prog that emphasizes the melodic side of it. Guitars from Morten Lund and Jarle Wangen that reminds me of Andy Latimer for electric leads and of Anthony Phillips during the more acoustic pastoral moments. Morten Lund provides also tons of analog keyboard like various synths and of course Mellotron. Bjørn Stokkeland provides drums and right away your notice he isn't trying to show off. I though another Norwegian band Jordsjø seemed pretty modest but 35 Tapes more so. Despite all those there are only four cuts, one that takes up side two and none of this overstays their welcome as the music is full of emotion and inspired playing. Really well worth your time.
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35 Tapes Symphonic Prog

Review by Second Endeavour

4 stars Many newcomers are inspired by their musical heroes, when cutting the very first album. And 35 TAPES is yet another unit confirming this principle. That being said, their CD 'Lost & Found' sounds like a refined blend rather than a blatant copy. This Norwegian group is made up of: Morten Lund (electric and acoustic guitars, lapsteel, sitar, keyboards, vocals, Mellotron M 400), Jarle Wangen (bass, electric and acoustic guitars, vocals), and Bjorn Stokkeland (drums). In April 2019, the core members - assisted by guest percussionist Andreas Eriksen - unveil a solid record featuring admirable soundscapes in abundance. From the structural point of view, the material gives us a throwback to the golden age of prog-rock, though it's written in a present tense. This debut offer is composed by four songs which make a total time of 43 minutes. Please, never mind its duration - just value the high quality of a teamwork that's featuring immaculate musicianship combined with heartfelt vocals. The opener 'Travel', starts off with a tremendous guitar soloing that resembles Nick Barrett (Pendragon). To illuminate things further, the band use two basic influences then. Particularly. A short intro gently fades out into the enticing beauty of trademark Camel style, where emotive singing starts to roam. Morten Lund has a fine voice, and can get additional marks for that. Meanwhile, the musical themes continue to change, whilst keeping a grand appeal. After one and a half minutes, the vibe of this piece evolves into the trademark Genesis signature. Accents are absolutely obvious, evoking memories of 'A Trick of The Tail' era. As the song moves along, it continues to sport perfectly-crafted pairing of Genesis and Camel. Both lhe lead vocals and harmonies are impeccable, therefore I like the swapping lines between Morten Lund and Jarle Wangen too. As a whole, it's a fabulous beginning of the album. The next plot titled 'Circles' unveils quite original combination of George Harrison and Camel. Actually, this approach works well since it allows the soft contrast in the music to give some changes. The song progresses at a sedate pace, well suited for the sliding guitar performance. Here, the special atmosphere is build up. The voices of Jarle Wangen and Morten Lund revolve around each other. And as before, the interaction of all instruments and singing provides the completeness. The following 'Wasteland' is certain to attract with its well placed changeovers. While Yes would be a good point of reference, Spock's Beard is another comparison. Noteworthy are excellent instrumental meanderings complemented by sensitive vocals. I also noticed some jazzy snippets and quirky sound effects. Possessing a whimsical construction, the epic track 'Mushrooms' lasts more than 19 minutes with lots of excitement going on. Though I can't pinpoint all the influences, but The Fab Four, Genesis, Pink Floyd, John Lennon, IQ and Marillion (to name a few) should be there. The fact that two different members contribute vocals and harmonies, give this song an extra sense of diversity which helps to keep it interesting over the long haul. To conclude: 35 TAPES have done a great job, and their CD 'Lost & Found' offers a lot for a listener to digest and enjoy. RECOMMENDED!
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