Mirror Universe Tapes

October 4, 2009 at 4:20 pm Leave a comment

Mirror Universe Tapes

Mirror Universe Tapes is a Charleston, South Carolina based cassette label and one of the most impressive labels in the surge lo-fi seems to be making as the fall gets into full swing. Mexican Summer and Captured Tracks have been among the most obviously active labels in the stir, each setting a flotilla of amazing music afloat, just as True Panther Sounds was helping to establish the much talked about Girls. Mirror Universe came to my attention when they announced a cassette from Washed Out, one of many bands that Mexican Summer introduced me to this fall. Washed Out has gotten a lot of well-deserved blog attention for its 12″ on Mexican Summer, but that hardly makes Mirror Universe’s cassette tangential, even if its hard for some to take cassettes seriously.

To date, Mirror Universe has released four cassettes, with a fifth from Denver’s Weed Diamond imminent. Besides Washed Out, they’ve included a Brian Grainger split with Ophibre, Toro y Moi, and M.R. (the “stage name” of Matt Rabin). Their sixth release will be from Los Angeles’ Active Child—another deservedly much blogged about band. Bearing in mind the variety of bands and locales represented by their catalog, Mirror Universe has clearly trounced the clichéd notion that cassette labels are necessarilly local phenomenon.

Mirror Universe does however highlight a phenomenal local music scene, with a release from the more pop-driven Castles Underground filed under “Man, Who Knows?” and another “Coming A Bit Later” from ukulele-player Sarah Bandy. I love that these musicians are recording and that a label like this exists.




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