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Live Review: Self Tape paints a hypnotic picture of friendship on 'Hanging Over You'

5 April 2019 | 3:18 pm | Max Lewis

Sydney producer Self Tape has dropped his latest track 'Hanging Over You', alongside a dreamy video directed by Sam Bratby.

Sydney based producer and DJ SELF TAPE has dropped his latest offering, the glittery 'Hanging Over You', alongside a gorgeous video shot in Sydney's Prince Alfred Park. He's also dropped tour dates in New York and Sydney throughout April, with more dates to follow.

Self Tape is all about warm and wide electronic/house pop, taking cues from contemporaries Jamie XX and Charles Murdoch and putting his own spacious spin on the genre. 'Hanging Over You' is his third single, with previous cuts 'Tell Me' and '12:51am' displaying his proficiency for house-y jams over pop-centric vocal samples.

'Hanging Over You' is the perfect realisation of Self Tape's sound yet, nailing the balance between spacey ambient vibes and four-to-the-floor house-y goodness. Warm keys and a warped vocal loop set the vibe before meaty percussion sets an abrupt pace. The track luxuriates in additional layers of samples, synth accompaniments and percussion aspects, while also maintaining a brisk pace throughout. Moving back and forth between more ambient moments and dense dance-y passages, the track maintains a solid flow throughout while also giving each aspect a chance to shine.

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The video, shot and directed by Sam Bratby, evokes the dreamy and intense vibe of the track through a mix of traditional video with black-and-white film photography. Shot at Prince Alfred Park in Sydney, according to Self Tape the visuals " explore a friendship [...] A late night adventure through the streets of Sydney ending at sunrise. Two humans with a shared story against the rest of the world, living in a moment." A neat harnessing of lighting, shadow and depth of field gives the cinematography a dreamy and at times surreal look, while the rapid splicing in of film photography gives the visuals a gritty, lo-fi edge. It's a neat little accompaniment that boosts what is definitely Self Tape's best track yet, and another notch on the steady rise of a producer with a lot of promise.


Words by MAX LEWIS