Memory Tapes

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Memory Tapes
Birth name Dayve Hawk
Also known as Memory Cassette, Weird Tapes
Origin New Jersey, United States
Genres Chillwave, dream pop, indietronica
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, record producer
Years active 2009–present
Labels Something in Construction, Carpark
Associated acts Hail Social

Dayve Hawk (born in New Jersey), better known by his stage name Memory Tapes, is an American singer-songwriter and record producer, and the former frontman of the Philadelphia-based band, Hail Social.


After releasing material under the names "Memory Cassette" and "Weird Tapes",[1] and on signing to Something In Construction to release a Memory Cassette EP (also on Acephale), Memory Tapes' first LP, Seek Magic, was released in September 2009 through the labels Something In Construction, Sincerely Yours and Acéphale. It was self-released in the USA. Seek Magic sold over 1,000 copies on pre-release via one shop in London (Rough Trade) and has since sold over 30,000.[2] The CD release of Seek Magic[3] was bundled with a four-track bonus disc including a Horrors' remix and a 22-minute instrumental, "Treeship",[4] which could also be downloaded from his website for free.

Memory Tapes was initially associated with the chillwave music genre, but is now seen more as a producer in his own right. Each album has its own separate feel and instrumentation. Seek Magic used a lot of dance rhythms and sounds and had touchstones such as New Order and Cocteau Twins. Hawk plays everything on his records and uses unusual sounds such as a bicycle pump on the track "Bicycle" and the sound of sneakers on a basketball court on "Green Knight".[citation needed]

His second album, Player Piano, was released in 2011 via Something in Construction in Europe, Carpark Records in the US and Inertia in Australia. He was quoted as saying it would be "psychedelic girl group music".[citation needed] The music on the album reflected more of a "band" sound than his previous works, and also lacked their reliance on sonic saturation and obfuscation.[citation needed] Pitchfork described the album as "flat and airless, sucked dry of his typically evocative detailing" and gave it a mixed review, scoring it 6 out of 10.[citation needed] The first track from these sessions, "Today Is Our Life", appeared on a large number of blogs earlier in 2011, and the album came out the following July.

Memory Tapes' first live performance was in Manchester, England, in January 2010 and he has since played all across North America, Europe and Australia. The live shows in 2010 were with a drummer, Matt Maraldo, and a backing track.

In 2011, Memory Tapes was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video for the video for "Yes I Know".[citation needed]

On October 2, 2012, Hawk released the first single from his third album, Grace/Confusion, which was released on December 4, 2012.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Hawk lives in rural New Jersey with his wife and two daughters.




  • The Hiss We Missed (as Memory Cassette) (2008)
  • Rewind While Sleeping (as Memory Cassette) (2008)
  • Call & Response (as Memory Cassette) (2009)


  • "Bicycle" (2009)
  • "Graphics" (Re-modal edit) (2010)
  • "Yes I Know"/"First Hills" (2011)


  1. ^ "Memory Cassette". Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Memory Tapes: Seek Magic | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 30 September 2009. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Memory Tapes Discography at Discogs". Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Hear Memory Tapes' 22-Minute Instrumental, "Treeship" | News". Pitchfork. 7 October 2009. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "WE'RE TAPES: Grace/Confusion". 2 February 2012. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  6. ^ Lymangrover, Jason (4 December 2012). "Grace/Confusion - Memory Tapes : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 February 2013.