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Creases (album)

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Creases
Released4 January 2015
StudioHartless Headquarters; Charles Holloman Studios, in Charlotte, North Carolina
Length53:38
LabelMint 400 Records, Sniffling Indie Kids
ProducerSink Tapes
Sink Tapes chronology
Touchdown Buffalo
(2014)
Creases
(2015)
In the Rug
(2015)

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Creases is the fifth studio album that is from the American rock band Sink Tapes.

Content[edit]

The twenty five-track album was released digitally on 4 January 2015 with Mint 400 Records, and on compact disc on 17 January 2015 with Sniffling Indie Kids. It was recorded at Hartless Headquarters and at Charles Holloman Studios in Charlotte, North Carolina. The second half of the album is twelve acoustic and demo tracks. Creases is described as lo-fi, fuzz-rock, and shoegaze, and incorporates warm guitars and layered vocal patterns.[1][2] It is compared to the music of the alternative rock and shoegaze band the Jesus and Mary Chain, the indie pop band Luna, and the dream pop band Mazzy Star.[3] A Pirate! press release calls the album an "authentic capture [of the] romanticism of '80s college rock," and that it "bring[s] the hopelessly romantic and the romantically hopeless twenty-something out of you."[4]

Sniffling Indie Kids founder Frank DeFranco and Neil Sabatino of Mint 400 Records met while working on Creases, and "realized we had similar tastes and that there were things each label was doing that could benefit the other." Together they began the North Jersey Indie Rock Festival and have released promotional compilation albums that feature artists from both labels.[5]

Reception[edit]

A review in Jersey Beat by Deborah Draisin calls Creases a "masterpiece" and although "spinning this album end to end is a serious commitment[,] the band definitely brings something fresh and modern to the table." She likens them to Jawbreaker and the Cure.[2] Speak Into My Good Eye editor Chris Rotolo says Creases is "a haze-encased collection of jangle-pop [that] provides all the warmth and nervous goosebumps of a summer's afternoon spent stripping off your swim trunks behind the tennis courts for a little x-rated fun." The review concludes with saying "though the fantasy seems distant in such frigid temperatures, Sink Tapes is able to bridge the gap between creative illusion and physical comfort with this record, making it an early candidate to be named the "Best Summer Album Released In Winter.""[1]

Creases peaked at No. 162 on CMJ's Top 200 chart.[6]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Maybe Gray"3:10
2."Bugs"2:43
3."Blow Me a Kiss"2:31
4."Throwing Knives"1:33
5."Dr. B"1:35
6."You Sulk When You Sleep"2:56
7."Dishes in the Dark"2:31
8."Small Lipped Bird"2:31
9."We Get Canoe (He Always Does)"2:00
10."Temporary Secrets"2:05
11."Little Wriglys"1:57
12."Pool Kid"2:45
13."Meshes"3:30
14."She's Collecting Stories"3:11
15."Change (What Wants, What Needs)"1:48
16."Maybe Gray (Demo)"3:39
17."Dishes in the Dark (Demo)"1:46
18."Blow Me a Kiss (Demo)"2:41
19."Throwing Knives (Demo)"1:30
20."Doc Botnik's House Call Band"1:14
21."Small Lipped Bird (Acoustic)"2:55
22."Small Lipped Bird (Demo)"2:54
23."Little Wriglys (Demo)"2:14
24."Wet Trunks (Pool Kid Hooks Another)"2:57
25."Meshes (Demo)"4:02
Total length:53:38

Personnel[edit]

  • Gabe Chiarello – vocals and drums
  • Alex Kielmanski – guitar
  • Ricky Kuczynski – guitar
  • Thomas Dalzell – bass

References[edit]

Citations
Bibliography
  • CMJ Staff (23 February 2015), "Top 200", CMJ (1379), p. 5
  • Draisin, Deborah (2015), "New From Mint 400", Jersey Beat, retrieved 28 January 2019
  • Makin, Bob (4 September 2016), "Makin Waves with The North Jersey Indie Rock Festival", Courier News, retrieved 28 January 2019
  • Pirate! Staff (20 January 2015), "Sink Tapes Creases", Pirate!, retrieved 28 January 2019
  • Rotolo, Chris (15 January 2015), "SIMGE Premiere: Sink Tapes Streams Creases LP Out Jan. 17 via Sniffling Indie Kids/Mint 400 Records", Speak Into My Good Eye, retrieved 28 January 2019
  • Safar, Jakob (27 January 2015), "Creases", KAMP, retrieved 28 January 2019

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