I think I've been here before. Recorded summer 2015 at Tapes & Tubes, New Castle, DE.
Here’s what people have been saying about it…
Though he lives in Philadelphia now, pieces of Austin Potter’s native Pacific Northwest seep into the recordings he makes as Tapes & Tubes. A sampled thunderstorm opens the title track of last year’s Man In the Window trio, giving way to a distant hum of white noise that feels like buzz of cicadas in a summer forest. Paired with his lyrical poems, Potter’s recordings are transportive and visceral while still feeling intensely localized to his own private thoughts.
-The Key XPN
…As always, the three tracks create a mystical atmosphere that is slightly creepy (Austin Potter’s hoarse sing-whisper half-submerged in jangling guitars and thrumming background noise can just as easily send you into slumber as jolt you out of it) but ultimately rewarding — spiritual, even, if you go in with the right mindset. Potter’s yearning and isolation are driven home by his unique vision. The songs feel fragile, like if you listen a little too closely they’ll pop like a bubble.
-Adobe and Teardrops
Philadelphia based singer-songwriter Austin Potter under the name of Tapes & Tubes offers up intense and genuinely emotional lo-fi pop. He just released his Man In The Window EP…the haunting title track with whispered intimate vocals and gorgeous guitar balladry.
Olympia traveler Tapes & Tubes has crafted a quiet introspective gem in Man In The Window. The hushed vocals of the title track evokes Iron & Wine or a narcoleptic Pedro The Lion, with stories told in maudlin half-tones, the acoustic strums and echoed effects pushing us further into contemplation. Rustic ruminations sung from the peripherals.
returning contributor tapes & tubes (psuedonym of philadelphia bedroom recordist austin potter) is back with a short new release called ‘man in the window’. the sounds contained within fit to a tee the ominous vibes of that title. whispery vocals tell brief half stories that seem to dance around their dreadful centers. the music is hazy drifts of guitars and a general ambient hiss. austin manages a fine tension between edgy and somnambulent.