The Fun Years — Heroes of the Second Story Walk-Up
Spring Break Tapes started as a cassette label and there is no intention to change that direction. It did occur to me that releasing vinyl in a strange way might have deterred people from checking out the new Fun Years release, Heroes Of The Second Story Walk-Up.
So we made a super limited edition cassette for those true to their tape game.
J-cards are made from recycled silver foil vinyl jackets so each one is unique.
Super limited edition of 50.
Digital download code included.
Stickers too while they last.
The Fun Years are still Ben Recht and Isaac Sparks.
"Heroes of the Second Story Walk-Up doesn’t barge through front doors so much as blow through back windows. Formed by baritone guitarist Ben Recht and turntablist Isaac Sparks, the music of The Fun Years transcends the casual band’s name. Urging redemption by tactile rhythm, crackling vinyl slithers with synths above sleepy guitar. The paring of crate-dug record loops with Proustian post-rock is so natural it leaves one wondering why it isn’t already a sub-genre. Media preservation be damned—how lovely to hear dusty record ruts spun like grains of sand between two ears.
"It is the most fully formed and expressive of the Fun Years’ ten albums to date and an immersive emotional Rorschach test, where each moment scans differently depending on what you bring to it. A forty-five-minute suite of seven interwoven pieces, Walk-Up moves like a long piano sonata, where each movement seems to comment on the same subject but never in quite the same way. The approach enables an emotional breadth and accessibility that can be rare in these arcane corners of instrumental music, making Walk-Up the kind of record you want to crawl into and inhabit for a spell."
"...dim and moody fits of blurred post-rock, flirting with moments of what I would describe as utter perfection. “Ask For The Omega Man” is the first aural taste of the new album and delivers the duo’s pensive, warm take on introspective loops. Baritone chords and subtle sets of static fill the space, revealing oddly inviting cycles of sound. It’s the perfect extended teaser for what will surely be a gem of 2017.
"The sparkling energy of life, its joie de vivre, is found in the light, precious guitar interludes and the glimmering melodies, but permeating the music is a creeping, crackling presence of impermanence. The sound warbles like that of an old, adored cassette tape before fading away, reincarnating into something new and bold. A billowing sheet of sound ruffles the side of a resolute melody."
"Heroes… is a wry smile and warm heart, tuning into the static of fuzzy memories without daring to cash in on the phenomenon. And it’s likely the non-nostalgia it causes may just be singular to my ears. But that’s the point: The Fun Years tap into a emotional response that is often more direct. The tease isn’t blunt, and it’s not meant to conjure up a particular moment, but rather a feeling. It’s one I never want to leave, but I also know that at some point I must pick up the needle, place the record back in the sleeve, and live in this moment. But when it allows me to combine my happiness in the now with my content from then, Heroes… truly does make Ben Recht and Isaac Sparks my heroes."