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Fantasy Living

by Max Blansjaar

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Garden Song 04:43


✨ In the summer of 2019, Max Blansjaar took over the small garden studio belonging to his label Beanie Tapes for a week and came out with the five new songs that make up his sophomore release, Fantasy Living.

“While last year’s Spit It Out! EP was recorded over the course of four months, Fantasy Living took me just a week to create; I spent entire days in Beanie Tapes Studios recording and producing everything myself. My aim was to fuse pop music – which gets an unfairly bad rep these days – with more trashy, lo-fi sounds, taking artists like Darwin Deez and Tune-Yards for inspiration.”

Since his début Spit It Out! landed in 2018, Max has become a regular name on Oxford gig posters, playing every venue in town (except the ones he’s not allowed in until he’s 18) and most of the local festivals. His packed out Truck Festival set was a highlight of the summer and he’s already made it onto the line-up of Ritual Union, an Oxford all-dayer that features mostly out-of-town bands. BBC Introducing has enthusiastically supported all his singles and he’s widely regarded as “Oxford’s new indie / pop sensation” (Oxfordshire Music Scene, Autumn 2019)

Fantasy Living is an official Cassette Store Day release. |[●▪▪●]|


released October 12, 2019

Written, recorded and produced by Max Blansjaar at Beanie Tapes Studios
Mixed by Rich Aitken at Nimrod Sound
Mastered by A Thing Called Music
Photos by Siobhán Cox
Artwork by Léa Morales-Chanard

Thank you to Billie Eilish, The 1975, and the other pioneers of the cassette revival movement.


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Max Blansjaar Oxford, UK

18-year-old musician originally from Amsterdam, now based in Oxford. Signed to Beanie Tapes. Reasonably clean.

“Deadpan, lo-fi pop tunes delivered with buzzsaw accuracy” – Clash Magazine

“Lo-fi wonder...a warming take on indie-pop” – Born Music
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