Fading Tapes was formed in 2014 by Krzysztof Siwkowski (guitars and synths) and Marcin Lasek (drums and other effects) in Szczytno, Poland, mainly playing space-rock/post- rock and ambient music. Their main inspirations are independent cinema and life itself.
They had started their musical journey in 2006 long before they became Fading Tapes. In the beginning they focused on genres like ambient and electronic. They pivoted their sound and started to play live instruments such as classic guitars and african drums, combined with synthesizers and extraordinary sounds and voices. They decided to change main instruments to only electric guitars, which today creates their specific spatial sounds and effects, and percussion which gives sharpness, psychedelic or gentle space rhythm. Since then they have formed a Fading Tapes. They love bands like Stars of the Lid, Surface of Eceon, Landing, Auburn Lull, Windsor For The Derby, Windy & Carl, Bardo Pond, This Will Destroy You.
The band’s name is associated with the book that was accidentally found in a small shop with a variety of things in their town. “Vanishing Europe” tells about forgotten places around Scandinavia, which they feel spiritually related to. It was the time their music started to change and they realise it might be a great source of inspiration. They like to travel; every trip is an experience that can be translated to music. Today they play melancholic, nostalgic and emotional music with their refined and unique sound.
Their debut album “Music From Attic” was made in the attic in late summer. The silent and lonesome space was ready to cooperate with the band and allowed to create this spatial atmosphere. They also found a new instrument, some kind of trumpet, that was used as a thready, tearful voice. “Music From Attic” have long, dreaming guitar compositions decorated with the silenced or sharpened sounds of percussion. Every song is a story expressed through instrumental lyricism. A story that was mostly improvised. It means that there was no plan, no arrangement, only experiences of everyday life and sounds that moved artists to specific, imaginary places, where they could create the stories. As they themselves admit, each song has its own story, that can be received in a different way every time somebody listens to it.