Monday, May 20, 2019

Broken Transmission Review: 現在の地域条件

現在の地域条件 by 天気予報 was the first broken transmission album I'd ever heard.  I originally heard of the genre from a top 5 video on Youtube and decided it sounded interesting enough to check out, but I didn't expect to like it.  I honestly thought this would be the limit; this is where I drew the line.  This would be where vaporwave went too far for me.  I was wrong.

The album is 23 tracks long and consists mainly of short songs (generally under a minute long) comprised of looped commercials and jingles.  A few tracks feature voices and humming, but most of  them are strictly instrumental.

So what do I like so much about this album?  Honestly, I can't put my finger on what it is exactly.  There's just something truly captivating about the seemingly infinite loops of commercials, jingles, and sounds that make up this album.  I think the artist does a good job making you feel like you're in the moment.  He captivates the feeling of sitting in front of the TV watching the morning news in a very interesting way.  Additionally, the looping that's used makes you feel like you're watching all this on an old broken CRT.

So in conclusion: I'd say check it out.  You may like it, you may not, and that's fine.  This genre definitely isn't for everyone, but for those weird people like me out there it's a channel surfer's paradise.

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