Brought to us by the ever-amazing Bogus Collective, we have a lovely full-length classic vaporwave album by Fester’s Quest titled FANCY FEAST (blue label). Now – was I attracted to listen to this album simply because there was a cat on the cover art? Yes. But as anticipated the sounds within are clever and enjoyable – utilizing a very classic and traditional flavor of vaporwave, FQ takes the listeners hand gently and guides us through the fuzzy haze. The project is overwhelmingly instrumental, lacking the pitched-down and chopped vocals one would expect in such vaporsounds – instead opting for melodies and riffs on the guitar. The result is quite nice, making this record great for background listening where you want just a little more interesting flavor in your ambience.
Seikomart Japan presents us with this lovely long player from Diskette Park, Contempo. 22 tracks of lush washed-out Vaporwave that rides the mallsoft vibe quite well – offering a great balance of melody and texture. The album is quite cohesive, after playing this one top to bottom a few times, it’s something wonderful to experience as a whole piece. There’s definitely some stand out hits, but it’s best to just sit back and get lost in it….
Nice washed-out vapor sounds presented by Vivarium Recordings, featuring 14 lush tracks with a nice lounge vibe. Huge focus on emotion and texture in this one, making me feel like I am standing in a hotel lobby in 1994 waiting on hold on a payphone. The whole release also gave me very light Steely Dan vibes, particularly with the highlighted samples and melodies used. Overall a very enjoyable listen!
Blissful new offerings from Japanese label White Paddy Mountain, Waiting for Mint Shower!! is a beautiful 8-track project from Tokyo-based band Shelling. Mellow, emotional, and highly recommended.
shelling is a shoegaze/dreampop band formed in Tokyo. aya(vocal,guitar,compose) and shota(guitar)
“shelling” means to gather shells on the beach.
in February 2010 they released a split CD with IROTTO+
called “before time melts.” on High Fader records.
in February 2013 they released 1st full album on white paddy mountain.
Adhesive Sounds presents another marvelous project in This Is Reverbtronics, by バーチャルボーイＡ Ｔ Ｓ Ｕ and Lisergishnu. Lingering somewhere between Vaporwave and Synthwave, Reverbtronics does a splendid job of building an environment using a sonic toolkit. Dystopian and desolate, yet sprinkled with endearing hope.
Everyday, computers around us leave waves of resonance in our
lives. The binary echoes in our minds, from which our affection
to connectivity cannot be hidden.
Plastic cases hold the intrinsic desires of progress, plastered in
electrical traffic encoding our souls. Hidden pagodas which
manage our information highways beneath the soil.
Loneliness can be just an option for those immersed in this clash
of magnetic dissonance illuminating our world.
So Divine! is a new vaporwave album by producer Skyline Divine, released April 9th by Adhesive Sounds. The project is light-hearted and drenched in sunny California-Retro vibes. Loosely a concept album built around an awkward teens first love experience, it’s easy to close your eyes and imagine these tracks playing out as the soundtrack to this heartwarming story.
A lonely teen is thrown into an expensive, neon pink covered world they call San Fernando Valley. It didn’t matter how much time she spent on her hair and make-up, she couldn’t find love… until today. She finally feels like she’s ‘all that… and a bag of chips!’ She couldn’t believe it! The hottest guy in the Valley noticed her and invited her to his private yacht party!
THATONEGOODVIBE is a new tape release from experimental producer PZA, released via Pennsylvanias Section 9 Tapes.
Truly a dank tape, marrying vaporwave concepts with harsh noise, approaching the boarders of witch-house at moments! Each track is dense and spooky, filled with warped synthesizers and fuzzy low-end. The project weighs in at 12 tracks, you must purchase the Cassette version to hear the final track though! You can also download the album via Section 9’s Bandcamp.
Phenomenon is a delicious new vaporwave album brought to us by Kaiseki Digital Label. Produced by Lacon, Phenomenon is a masterpiece of chilled out, downtempo electronics. The album does a great job of taking sonic cues from science fiction and video games, with bold and interesting synth tones being utilized throughout the project. Sitting at a healthy 10-tracks in length, it’s a great long-player for both relaxing and grooving. Download the album now for only 5 bucks!
Omens guide me whilst I enter these gardens, hearing the ancient hymns from a slumbering dimension upon with pathways I traverse. The waves deepen around me, the winds begin to surround from metaphysical awakening, reaching worlds end eternally vagabond … whence the architect breathes.
Adhesive Sounds brings us this fresh compilation cassette, Galleria Reveries, a dynamic collection of vaporwave and mallsoft tracks sure to put a smile on small children everywhere this holiday season! Packed with traditional ambient mallsoft tunes, which combine lush synths with field recordings and public sounds, Galleria Reveries is a deeply relaxing and profound release. Let your mind drift off as you listen to the 15 artists weave their sonic web together, or be mindful during your listen to tune-in on the dystopian capitalist/futurist scene painted by these tracks.
Where are the shopping malls of tomorrow? Perhaps they hibernate in memory. But could we dream a plaza of the future? These tracks presented in ‘Galleria Reveries’ imagine a brave new world—built on the bones and dust of fallen empires.