Thursday, December 19, 2019

Meta: December Update

I'm baackk!  Sorry it's been a while guys, I've been busy with irl stuff (and binging 90s anime) recently, but here I am with another post!  This'll be a bit of an update post because I don't have any album reviews lined up at the moment.  I know this is a bit different as I usually don't do personal posts like this, but I thought hey, why not give it a shot?

So first, what have I been listening to?

Recently I've been listening to a lot of ambient as well as some more obscure, weirder albums.  I re-listened to Birth of a New Day not too long ago which is just as amazing as I remember.  I ended up burning it to a CD and listening to it while driving around at night which is just a different experience entirely (highly recommended!).  I've also discovered a weird ambient album called Field Recordings from the Edge of Hell which I've been picking away at, but the album is almost nine hours long, so it's been taking me a while to complete.  From what I've gathered so far the album is essentially trying to imagine what it would sound like if someone went into hell and did field recordings in different parts of it, which I find to be a fascinating subject.

Now, what other things have I been doing recently?

Well, I've been watching 90s anime as I said earlier.  I watched through Cowboy Bebop, which was absolutely amazing.  The world building is probably my favorite part of that show as they do a really good job of eluding to certain aspects of the world throughout (such as the gate disaster) but never actually explaining what happened, which makes the world feel much more alive.

I've also been re-watching Serial Experiments Lain, which is so much better the second time through.  With how muddled the story of that anime can be, it's so much more clear and seems to have a more coherent story during the second watch-through.  I also watched the dub the first time, which I think slightly took away from the overall experience as the sub is quite a bit better in my opinion.

Well, that's about it!  I probably won't have another post up until after the holidays, but keep your eye out.

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, November 11, 2019

Synthwave Review: Pictures of Purple Skies

Pictures of Purple Skies by Memorex Memories is the latest installment in an amazing artist's discography.  It's both nostalgic and fresh at the same time, and to me gives off a sense of wonder at the future.

Like most synthwave albums, Pictures of Purple Skies has a bit of a futuristic feel, but it also dabbles in the past.  Little bits of FM radio, children playing, and waves rolling on a beach can be heard throughout the album, almost as if fragments of memories are coming to the surface as you listen.  This makes an awesome contrast that feels unique and helps set apart the album from the competition.

One track in particular, Ebb and Flow, is quite interesting as it deviates from the traditional synthwave formula by incorporating an acoustic melody to accompany a fast paced beat and ambient synths.  Another interesting track is Fathom (Deep Dive) as it uses a voice fading in an out of the song to add an interesting little twist to it, one that I thought was rather cool.  I personally love both of these tracks, and was pleasantly surprised when I first heard them.

Personally I would describe this album as chillwave.  It's great to just throw on and relax to.  It has a few fillers, which I'm never a huge fan of, but besides that this whole album is an amazing journey through the past, or future, depending on how you look at it ;)

So, I definitely recommend giving this thing a listen, and if you like it to check out the rest of Memorex Memories' work.  I promise you won't be disappointed!

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Halloween Aesthetics: a Youtube Halloween Vaporwave mix

I just recently stumbled upon this mix on Youtube dedicated entirely to Halloween Vaporwave songs!

The video itself is kind of old (it was uploaded in 2016), so the songs all make use of the older style of Vaporwave featuring samples, loops, and lots of distortion! :P

But still, I'd say this is totally worth a listen, even if you only throw it on in the background while doing something else.  It's a spooky little trip into the past of Vaporwave music ;)

Hope y'all enjoy!

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Ambient Review: Hovel of the Pumpkin Witch

In the spirit of Halloween, today we'll be reviewing a spooky ambient/drone album titled Hovel of the Pumpkin Witch!

I found this album while randomly browsing the ambient section on Bandcamp, and I was obviously intrigued by it's Halloween imagery.  I love all things ambient and Halloween, so I though why not give it a shot?

First off I have to say I absolutely love the album cover.  It's got that classic, nostalgic, Halloween feeling to it that we all know and love.  Additionally, the description for the album has a short story following the character "Mr. C" as he attempts to uncover the mystery of why so many children in his town go missing during the Halloween season.  I thought this story was a genius touch to the album, and helped with the overall world building the artist seems to be doing.

The music itself is what I would call ambient/drone with a heavy focus on synths.  Every track has a foreboding/demonic feeling to it, making you feel like you're in some dark dungeon, or traveling to the pits of hell.  The only song that deviates from the normal formula would be Track 5, Patchwork Monster, which is a three minute track with a highly repetitive melody and clips from different horror movies overlayed on top of it.  I thought this was a nice break in the middle of the album, and I absolutely love the word play here.

As for the artist himself, his entire Bandcamp page is dedicated to Halloween albums, of which he currently has three released.  All three follow the story of Mr. C, and he seems to be releasing one every October.  I personally love the intertwined narrative of these albums, and can't wait to see what the artist has in store for next year! :)

So, I definitely recommend you check this album out.  It's an eerie, chilling album that'll get anyone into the Halloween spirit.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Pop Review: Pop Food

Whew!  I'm finally back with a real post!  It's been long enough :P

Annnndd... it's not a Vaporwave album.  Well that's true, it's not, but I must say this album has had me grooving since I first found it a week or two ago and I think you all are going to like it ;)

Pop Food by Jack Stauber is one of the best "pop" (if you can even call it that) albums I've ever come across.  It's songs have a weird, distorted sound which Jack's unusual singing style wholly compliments, and while at first it might just seem like some odd little album that you're supposed to listen to once and never pick up again, but the more you listen the more you realize how great of a musician Jack truly is.

Like I said, this album is weird, but it's songs are also insanely catchy.  Jack does an amazing job of creating original melodies and lyrics while still making sure that every song will be stuck in your head for the rest of the week.  This isn't your typical lovesick pop album, it's so much more.

I know it may seem like I'm gushing about this album a bit more than I usually do, but I was super impressed my first listen through, especially since I had zero idea what I was getting myself into.

So yeah, obviously I recommend you guys go check out this album, and if you have a little extra time definitely check out Jack's YouTube channel where he makes cool little animated shorts.

So thanks for reading, and I'll see ya in the next post!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Meta: I'm Alive, I Swear!

Okay okay, remember when I said I'd be getting back to more frequent posting? Yeah... well here we are.  I've still been busy and have been spending my (admittedly little) free time doing other things.  I haven't been keeping up with the Vaporwave scene as much as I used to either, but I should have a post or two coming out soon ;)

So yeah, sorry again, and I have a real post on the way!

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Future Funk Review: Pink Dance EP ピンクのダンス

I'd just like to start this post by apologizing for the lack of content recently.  This summer has been crazy busy so far, and it's been hard for me to keep up with all the new releases/goings on in the community as well as write about them.  I'm hoping as things lighten up I'll be able to get back into the groove of things.  Anyway, enough of my blabbing, let's get on with the review!

I've only heard one of Future Girlfriends albums before this one, so I wasn't exactly sure what I was in for with Pink Dance EP ピンクのダンス.  What I found was a simple, yet fairly original take on Future Funk.  The EP doesn't use the standard city pop samples (at least not as far as I can tell), which I thought was refreshing right off the bat.  All the songs are simple but catchy.  If you're they type of person that hates getting the same song stuck in your head forever then this EP isn't for you ;)

Another thing I've always loved about Future Girlfriend is his album art.  I'll admit, I'm a bit of a sucker for colorful anime album covers, but I think regardless of that he always manages to make clean, colorful, professional looking covers that aren't always present in the other Vaporwave sub-genres.

And finally, to close this review, I'd just like to say I love the "hello my future girlfriend" sample he puts in the songs.  I never really thought about it until this EP, but that meme is most likely where he got the name from, and I think that's hilarious.

So the final verdict: check it out if you have a few minutes to spare.  It's energetic catchy tunes are sure to put you in a good mood for the rest of the day!