A musical trend that I've noticed lately: the resurgence of the cassette tape.
Increasingly, I've been noticing bands releasing music on cassette. Initially, it seemed to be smaller acts wanting to establish an indie/D.I.Y. vibe, but I've just seen a photo on Facebook of a cassette edition
of Carcass's forthcoming Surgical Steel
, which bids fair to be the extreme metal event of the year.
I was a child of the Walkman era, and if anyone ought to feel nostalgia for the era of the cassette, it'd be me. I had hundreds of the things. I don't get it. The enduring affection for LP records, I can understand, even if I don't share it - vinyl can sound better (especially when compared with CDs that are mastered for maximum loudness at the expense of dynamic range), is durable when cared for properly, and gives you nice full-sized cover art to look at. Cassettes don't have a particular sound quality advantage, the things wear out if you play them too much, and the cover art is teeny and usually ends up being cropped to fit a rectangular rather than square form factor. Not to mention that annoying thing you'd get when one side of an album was longer than the other, and you'd have to fast forward through a couple minutes of silence to get back to the beginning again.
I do recall that when I first changed from cassettes to digital music, my listening habits changed in a way that I regretted a bit. CDs (and then MP3s) made skipping from song to song so easy that there was a period in which I rarely listened to full albums any longer, instead skipping from song to song at will. This was a transient thing, though - as soon as I noticed that I was missing the experience of sitting and listening to a full album, with all its high and low points, I started listening to full albums again. It certainly didn't drive me back to cassettes.
So, am I missing something? Does the cassette have charms that I'm overlooking?