There was a time when I would buy just about every synthwave cassette tape that I came across and can therefore boast a pretty notable collection as a result. However in the past year or so, due mostly in part to student loans kicking into repayment, I’ve become a bit more strategic in my purchases not only in terms of physical synthwave media but with just about everything else in life too. It’s mostly due to this that, as much as I had intended to go, I will unfortunately be unable to attend the Outrun the Sun festival this weekend in Los Angeles which is being brought to you by the wonderfully amazing folks over at NEO-LA.
I am devastated by this for many reasons, such as I will not be able to see some great acts perform live and therefore support the synthwave scene in turn as well as meet some friends, but I’d be lying if I didn’t mention that I had also hoped to score myself a limited edition cassette tape made specifically for the event…
Kill All Music, the self-professed “anti-label” and a co-sponsor of Outrun the Sun, has worked their magic once again by producing a high-quality compilation which highlights featured acts that will be playing across the two-day festival. The catch of this release however, and what makes it a limited edition, is that there will in fact be only fifty copies made and they’ll only be sold at the festival. Nowhere else, and yet I got one. Number 21 out of 50, if you’re curious.
Now, you might be asking “wait, how?”
True, the fest isn’t until this weekend and I live closer to Boston than Los Angeles, but let’s just say that I have connections which I can’t reveal. What I can reveal, however, is some details on just how fantastic this release on tape is all around with a sneak peek at the track listing which features some exclusive songs:
At first I was a little confused by the design, struggling to figure out which side had what music, but now I’m willing to admit that I simply failed to realize that they’re color-coded and said colors match the similar colors on the track listings. Not to mention there’s one palm tree on one side and two palm trees on the other side. It’s the little touches like those that one can appreciate after they’re done being an idiot, haha, but seriously the graphic design and presentation on this really is perfect despite my own shortcomings in acute visual awareness.
Although that’s honestly not too much of a surprise given the reputation of Kill All Music who have really come into their own in the past couple years as one of the premiere (anti) labels and creative communities out there today. They’ve consistently produced top quality physical media, which are sold at ridiculously reasonable prices when compared to other labels I might add, and are honestly doing the best they can to put the music and artists first before themselves.
That all said, if you happen to attend Outrun the Sun this weekend, be sure to pick up a copy of this tape while supplies last and then tell them that Watermelon Banzai sent you! I don’t think saying that will actually get you anything, but it would be pretty nice of you to do none the less… ❤