First things first. Tape Loops is a superb album of ambient piano-based analog recordings by an artist with a refined minimalist aesthetic and a sure hand on the controls. The fact that it is the first album by Chris Walla since leaving the popular and critically acclaimed Death Cab for Cutie 17 years with the band just makes it all the more interesting. In fact, it is exciting to think about the potential size of DCFC’s favorably disposed audience that might be prompted into a new phase of musical discovery. Any such listeners will certainly be getting a fine introduction to the genre while longtime fans are in for a pleasant surprise.