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ARTIST
TITLE
Taped Heart Sounds
FORMAT
LP

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BILLBROOK 001LP BILLBROOK 001LP
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RELEASE DATE
1/21/2022

LP version. Since Jesper Munk's debut album in 2013, the German singer-songwriter has made a name for himself as multi- instrumentalist, "in the paths of Jack White and Dan Auerbach," as the Rolling Stone puts it, playing music that ranges from blues and soul to heartfelt pop and indulging jazz, all this with a very unique, post-punk edge. Taped Heart Sounds offers an evolution of Munk's sound: warm, gentle and soft vibes that go deep. "If there is a way to give you a hug in form of an album, this is how I'd attempt to do so," says Munk. Recorded in an offbeat band room in Berlin with The Cassette Heads, the album brings together classics reaching from blues to rock n' roll. Twelve songs of legendary artists who have influenced and inspired Munk since his early days, including Tom Waits, JJ Cale, Etta James, Hank Williams, Willie Dixon, Jacques Brel, and Mocky. The entire album was recorded with a Tascam Portastudio 8-Track Cassette Recorder which brought an original and authentic sound to each song: "The technical limitations immediately liberated all other aspects of the recording," Munk says. "It shows how much of making music is just listening and without a screen to catch your eye, you really have no choice but to do so." The outcome of this analog experiment is a very personal album, both inspiring and consoling. Taped Heart Sounds courageously opens with Donnie & Joe Emerson's "Baby". Munk's interpretation stands out and has a presence that gives the song a life of its own -- made for walking. "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes", "All The World Is Green", "I'd Rather Go Blind", "Head In The Clouds" -- what follows is a journey through blues and soul that is so vital and "now" that "End Of The Line" may be the final track but certainly not the end of the story. The album wouldn't be what it is without collaboration and partnership. Munk's special thanks go to his fans who helped to crowd-fund the recording. "On top of having had a real fun learning experience it all felt like a community project with real support from friends, the Cassette Heads, incredibly inspiring guests, and from Miles Deico, a wonderfully open and able engineer," so Munk about the making of the album. Taped Heart Sounds is Jesper Munk's fourth album, following acclaimed debut album For In My Way It Lies (2013), CLAIM (2016), and Favourite Stranger (2018).