It was last year, with the release of their single Higher, that we were first introduced to the sultry neo-soul sounds of Melbourne-based outfit TAPES. The band ooze out an irresistible blend of sounds that feel simultaneously laid-back and energetic.
Now, with the release of their latest single 9-5, the group continue to refine their music, further building themselves as one of Aussie music’s most exciting emerging acts. If you’re not already familiar with this name, it’s definitely time you changed that.
On their incredible new single 9-5, Melbourne-based outfit TAPES deliver an immersive and sultry slice of neo-soul listening bliss.
Throughout the new single, TAPES glide through a groove-laden concoction of soul, R&B, and pop to craft a sound uniquely their own. With effortlessly smooth instrumental arrangements and flawlessly delivered vocal hooks, the band have crafted a tune that will seep into your bones and stay there for weeks. Once you dive into the band’s pool of sounds, you’ll never want to leave.
Driven by vocalist Teila Packman, the band’s music is the kind that blankets you wholly. Across the new track’s three-and-a-half minute duration, TAPES navigate myriad sonic territories—they never sit in one place for too long. One moment you’ll be moving your body to infectious grooves, and the next you’ll be floating through woozy soul. By the time the track reaches its conclusion, you’ll have been roped in completely to their immersive, sultry sounds.
These still may be early days for this Melbourne outfit, but judging by the quality of everything we’ve heard so far, I think we can safely expect plenty more quality tunes. For now, do yourself a favour and listen to 9-5 above.