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!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Dark Ambient Review: TOWERS

TOWERS by TOWERS is a cinematic, ambient adventure through a dark dystopian future.  It's Dark Ambient, which is a genre I've loved for quite a while, but still haven't explored as much as I would like to.  Dark Ambient being sub-genre of Ambient characterized by dark, dystopian themes which I personally adore.

The album itself is one of the best I've come across in the genre.  It doesn't quite rival 2814's masterpiece: Birth of a New Day, but it feels like a little brother to it of sorts, at least in the overall theme.

The album consists of four tracks: TOWERS I, TOWERS II, TOWERS III, and TOWERS IV.  Each one sort of blends into one another, and makes it seem like it's all one giant musical piece.  Each track is quite long, with the shortest being twelve minutes long and the longest being sixteen.

The whole thing all feels like one long walk through a cyberpunk city on a sad, rainy night.  It has distorted samples of rain, police cars, ghostly voices, and numbers of other things to help set the mood.  I think it does a good job of giving off enough of an air of purpose to know what it wants to be, but is also still vague enough to let the listener's imagination fill in the blanks.

I think what really makes an Ambient album good for me is when I forget I'm even listening to it at all.  If it lets my mind wander and go where it wants to, it's done it's job in my eyes.  And, from listening to this album, I can definitely say it did this well.  It's not overly complicated or showy, but it's still there, almost guiding your mind through your own imagination.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Future Funk Review: Hibiki EP

Hibiki EP by Hibiki is the artist's first and only album, with only one three year old single under his belt, and I must say it's very good, especially for a first go!

It's everything you'd expect from a future funk album, with a little less focus on anime/Japanese culture than some of it's peers.  While it's only six tracks long, every one is enjoyable.

I actually ended up picking the cassette up from Palm '84 during their sale, and it holds up very well.  It sounds great, and the cover/cassette art is awesome looking.  Another little touch I enjoyed on the cassette is that Hibiki actually listed the sample used for every song on the album, which I thought was a nice change.  Unfortunately they're sold out, but I'd definitely recommend  getting it if it every gets reprinted.

So, as with every album I've reviewed so far on this site, I'd definitely recommend checking it out!  It's a great little album to start your summer off right with ;)