Tape Runs Out
release new single & video for
Debut album Floodhead out 31st March 2023
Tape Runs Out have today released their second single “Paperback” from their deubt album Floodhead, due out 31st March on Trapped Animal Records.
The album is an exploratory sonic journey from the mind of band leader Liam Goodrum-Bell. With its roots in indie-rock but featuring an array of instruments, off-kilter time signatures and experimental track structures, the Cambridge band’s sound has earned comparisons to the likes of Radiohead and Explosions In The Sky.
Liam explains “Paperback is a song about self-doubt and intrusive thoughts, written with a deliberately unusual structure to highlight the themes. It took a few years to finalise – the longest out of any Tape Runs Out song to date – with many discarded versions left along the way. Both the song and the video represent the mental chaos from being overwhelmed with thoughts, which is a recurring theme from the album. “
The most cutting of lyrics, intimate, powerful, raw, and something so many can connect with, resonate with, embrace, and understand. With the vocal melodies captivating the audience, the elevated instrumentation boosts the atmosphere with the twinkling harmonics and complex rhythms. The sincerity of these additions unites and soar through the soundscape complimented with the keys, the drum shuffles, and the dynamic, alternating intensive peaks. It’s so easy to be swept up amongst the captivating melodies of this alluring arrangement. A very powerful release.
Recorded and produced by Liam and guitarist Dan Dawson at Dan’s home studio, Floodhead thrives off experimenting with different textures and sounds, with each song seeking to be its own microcosm of creativity, delivering its unique part within the whole. The painstaking detail and time spent by Liam and Dan between the initial recording session during the summers of 2021 and 2022 takes the listener on a unique journey through the Tape Runs Out universe.
“The main recurring theme throughout the album is being overwhelmed” explains Liam. “I’m guilty of starting shiny new projects before completing previous ones, which leaves me with a trail of unfinished ideas that all jostle for attention in my head. This inability to see things through naturally leads to feelings of failure and self-resentment.
‘Floodhead’ as a title evokes the sense of being overwhelmed with different thoughts and ideas. It also goes into one of the secondary themes from the album, that of being at the whim of nature. As a word it means the wall of water that precedes a flood, which I thought was an apt representation of how it feels in those moments of existential panic.”
Tape Runs Out are Liam Goodrum-Bell (Guitar & Lead Vocal), Dan Dawson (Guitar), Takeshi Kanemoto (Bass) and Laurence Moore (Drums), Clare Myerscough (Violin & keyboard), Ellie Winter (Hammered Dulcimer)