Before I begin with all my love and praise about Secret Peaks, the 3rd compilation by Austin-based tape label, Graveyard Orbit, I would first like to speak a little about their first compilation, Space Junk: Cassette Store Day Compilation 2013, which not only showcased their eclectic aesthetic, but also affirmed that they’re a serious force to be reckoned with in the cassette scene.
Randall Taylor, the brains behind the micro-label, was ever-so kind enough to send me over one of these special Space Junk tapes (MY FIRST TAPE EVER!) and I could not have been more chuffed when I went down to the post office and picked up this rad parcel, with the tape hand-wrapped in custom packaging, alongside a funky Graveyard Orbit robot mascot. They’re just cool like that! The meticulous attention to detail in both the selection of the featured artists (all of whom are some of the world’s greatest hidden gems when it comes to underground indie pop and electronic acts), as well as the whole look and feel, showed me that they’re not here to fool around when it comes to independent music and art. Another thing is that he is also just an all-round cool dude, and deserves all the support in the world! So, although these tapes may be sold out, it would still be worth your while to check it out and see what they’re all about!
However, what I am really here for today is to talk about the brilliant new compilation they have just released, namely the Secret Peaks Winter Compilation. To put it into perspective, I know max 4 of these artists featured, and the rest are all just amazing hidden gems who have all been dug out of the Internet and put on a pedestal – as they should be! Of course, they’re all brilliant and work so well together in a compilation, which, as many of you know, is pretty important on tape considering you can’t really jump very easily between your favourite tracks. It’s evident that the people working so hard to get these amazing tapes out are not only innovative and hard-working, but also consistent and thoughtful when it comes to creating a work. Their ability to maintain high standards, while simultaneously grow and explore, is super commendable, and pretty dam inspiring.
So, the next step would be for you to go and check out this brilliant label! And if you like the compilation, buy it! Treat your boo, show your friends, show your mum…whatever! Once you’re in Graveyard’s Orbit, you can never get out (this is a good thing, believe me).