Tapes 'n Tapes The Loon (Ibid Records) Proving that patchwork quilts aren't just for oldies, Tapes 'n Tapes have packaged the aural manifestation of theirs in the form of The Loon. One listen will debunk claims that big differences between one song and another can't work. There are elements of folk punk - This Bike is a Pipe Bomb and country bumpkins Pine Hill Haints - but the overall sound is unique and refreshing. The four-piece Minneapolis outfit have played around with tempo, making each track distinct from its predecessor, and the band understand that if it sounds too groomed, it loses all meaning. The opener into this quirky blend of genius, Just Drums, doesn't hold back with the infectious consistency of its drumbeats and Doors-like strumming. Insistor treads on Rockabilly ground to the extent that you can't help but bang your foot along to the beat. What a shame Hong Kong is lacking in hay-filled barns where people can convene to dance, drink and commit debaucherous acts, for this would be the perfect soundtrack for such a location. The groin-thrusting Crazy Eights, with its filthy guitar workout and couldn't-care-less vocal, scoops the prize for standout track of this solid 11-piece set. Following close behind is Omaha, but this isn't an attempt to adopt Sufjan Steven's penchant for naming his songs and albums after American states. The equally beguiling Buckle showcases the band's abilities to get under the skin of the listener with some melodic hooks. This enthralling debut will beef up any record collection and further prove that some indie kids know exactly what they're doing.