‘Ending Definite Failure’ is over 90 minutes of modular electronic music, with additional bonus tracks exclusive to this release.
Today we have another new release to announce: ‘crow road’ from experimental noise duo cuhto and kupo, who we introduced previously here.
The split EP is comprised of two twenty minute long tracks, both of which are created from a single, four bar piano loop.
As well as the digital download (available for just £1 here), we have a limited run of 10 cassette tapes, with art-work hand painted by the artist.
You can grab a copy for a fiver from the Cow Tongue Taco shop here.
In additional news, we have updated the awesome Magnificent Bastard release, which is now a bumper double EP: Play Some Rap Music / Under Blue Moon. It also comes with an additional remix by unexpected bowtie.
You can grab a copy of that from the shop here. It’s great, so you definitely should while you can.
Today we are excited to announce another tape release, this time from electronica artist Cup Fungus.
‘Vaguely Nefarious’ is the artist’s second album, continuing on with their ‘bonkers and disturbing’ theme… with powerful synth-soaked electronica. This is an exploration through dark dreams and sinister places.
The album is available to buy on limited edition cassette tape now from our online shop, or through our Bandcamp page. Only fifteen copies have been made, and the price includes a digital download, with four bonus, download only ‘b-side’ tracks.
You can also stream the album via Spotify right now, if that’s your thing.
It’s been a while coming, but we’re finally able to release the ‘Play Some Rap Music’ EP from Magnificent Bastard. Contrary to what it might seem from the title, this is a far more lofi, rocky affair.
Available now to pre-order, the cassette tape will ship out on the week beginning the 10th of April, with the digital download coming immediately. There are three tracks on the EP, with another bunch of tracks that are exclusive for those who buy the tape, on Side B.
You can grab the EP from our online shop, or from our Bandcamp here. There are only 10 copies available, and the band have a few to sell directly, so check out their Bandcamp here if you find them sold out!
Today we are pleased to announce our latest cassette release, from a brand new Cow Tongue Taco artist. ‘Textures for a Rainy Day’ is an atmospheric foray into sound design from electronic artist Cyborg See Cyborg Do – aka Rostislav Goncharov.
Hailing from the Russian city of Perm, CSCD has been producing electronic music for around about 3 years, starting out playing bass, before falling into the heady world of synthesizers. He describes his sound as ‘atmospheric music from a cold place’.
‘Textures for a Rainy Day’ is a collection of tracks that tell a personal story spanning across 2016, reflecting moments from across the emotional spectrum. Whilst ambient music can often feel more like a meandering sonic experiment rather than tracks in their own right, this release takes the listener on a diverse journey, often using sounds gathered from Goncharov’s everyday life.
We’re really chuffed to be able to put out this collection as a one-one off, limited edition run of 15 hand painted cassette tapes – 10 of which we have available for sale in our online shop.
The debut release from Glaswegian noise-mongers Closet Organ, including the singles ‘Paul is Dead’, and ‘Make America Great Again’ is here! This is our first (and only) 12″ vinyl LP release.
These are pretty beautiful with black polylined inside sheets. Limited to 100, you can get your copy for £17, which includes a digital download of the album.
Today, Glaswegian noisemongers Closet Organ release their debut album on Cow Tongue Taco Records – entitled 5318008 as the result of a Kickstarter gamble gone terribly wrong.
5318008 is available digitally, as well as on cassette tape, and eventually on vinyl LP. We have the tapes up in the store right now, which cost £12.50 for both the tape and immediate digital download.
The other day when I was posting out some cassettes, the woman in the post office, off-the-cuff, said:
Oh aye, tapes are meant to be coming back into fashion.
Is that right?
Today a link has been going around about what is apparently the last remaining cassette duplication/production factory in the US, and it’s worth a watch. Only 3 minutes long, and pretty beautifully shot:
“There is no question that tapes are coming back.”
Turns out Rolling Stone penned an article on the topic at the end of last month.
A good time to get into the tape label business then, and a better time to check out what releases we have up for sale in the shop.
Cassettes were a big part of my youth. The first piece of music I ever bought was on tape; I’d spend hours creating custom mix-tapes with songs I’d recorded off the radio; and I even played games by loading them from tape onto the Commodore 64. CDs weren’t around until later, and nobody really released anything on MiniDisc commercially. My generation might like to pretend otherwise, but we didn’t have vinyl; we had cassette tapes.
Now, we almost have instant access to practically any of the music ever recorded through the Internet, which is a mind bogglingly amazing thing when you stop and consider it. As a musician, this is especially amazing. Technology has allowed us the ability to record songs in a way that was completely out of reach 10-15 years ago… but sometimes the process can feel a bit too virtual; confined to the computer from start to finish. There’s a definite longing to produce something that can be enjoyed in an analogue form, and not just resort to pumping out a CD that acts as a vehicle for MP3 conversion.
For that reason, I’ve decided to set up my own cassette tape label, to release my own music and the music of others that I find some sort of symbiosis with (in very limited numbers). Vinyl is great, but far too expensive to produce, and in any event, there’s something about the temperamental, quirky nature of the cassette tape that makes them incredibly appealing as a medium. Some albums are just meant to be listened to on tape. Try it out: find an old tape and take in its warbling imperfections and you’ll see what I mean.
unexpected bowtie – drouth
The first release is ‘drouth’ from unexpected bowtie, an experimental electronic chiptune album that can be previewed for free (digitally) on our Bandcamp.
For £5 (excl. shipping) you get a hand-numbered, hand-painted cassette tape of the album in a pretty cool blue/yellow split shell – as well as some stickers.
There are only 5 copies available out of a total of 10 that were produced, so order here before they are gone forever.