Swiftumz – the lo-fi pop project from Chris McVickers, an artist we previously dubbed “San Francisco’s loveable and cuddly brat” – is releasing its LP Don’t Trip for the first time ever on tape today, courtesy of the Fullerton’s Burger Records, and the label is streaming album cut “4EVA” on SoundCloud now. Since the record’s initial release in September 2011, “Don’t Trip” has only been available digitally or on vinyl from Portland label Holy Mountain Records, but McVicker is apparently joining the masses now flocking to the ’80s throwback world of cassettes (my personal favorite back in the day was any model Maxell XLII. The release is part of Burger’s “Tape A Day, OK?!” series, where the label is releasing exactly that – one new cassette everyday for the entire month of January. Don’t Trip is limited to 150 copies.
“4EVA” is two minutes and 46 seconds of pure garage pop bliss, gritty yet exhibiting an undeniable optimism that is bolstered by McVicker’s breathless vocals. A centerpiece to a great album, it’s a wonder that he didn’t release the track as a single earlier. Listen below, and then pick up your copy of Don’t Trip on cassette over on Burger Records’ website (or if you’re still skeptical of this whole tape revival, head here, here, or here to get your vinyl or digital copy).