Infinity Frequencies – Dream Recovery

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


Dream Recovery predates Infinity Frequencies’ Computer trilogy by almost a year. The artist’s fourth release, this album features many of the sample curation techniques that would make Infinity Frequencies a household name in signalwave, broken transmission, and vaporwave as a whole: classical music sources, extremely short songs, and ultra-small loops. Those who have heard Infinity Frequencies’ later releases will instantly recognize his curious effects-laden production style that sounds as close to a thick layer of dust over long-forgotten tracks as to which a digital file could ever amount; it’s impressive – as always – that such a feeling can be evoked, and the artist’s style aptly demonstrates the auditory equivalent of technological obsolescence better than practically anyone else.

Production notwithstanding, Dream Recovery betrays its status as an early Infinity Frequencies release; the choice and flow of samples in relation to a consistent theme are not entirely ironed out. Dream Recovery is unique – especially in comparison to the Computer trilogy – in that it features a relatively large proportion of rock songs and advertising jingles. Some listeners might enjoy the toss-up between the whirling, hypnagogic “Antiques” and stereotypically late-night commercial “Blvd.,” but the placement of these songs are distracting more than they add to whatever theme that a “dream recovery” is supposed to elicit. Similar issues pop up with “Move,” “Spotlight,” “Refreshing,” and “Long Distance” – tracks that, perhaps in another compilation, would not sound poor on their own, but don’t really work in context of Infinity Frequencies’ digital loneliness, and instead come across as hackneyed vaporwave songs insofar as the “it’s just mall muzak with effects” pejorative.

All that being said, Dream Recovery is a solid addition to Infinity Frequencies’ discography. Despite its flaws in pacing, there are several good “upbeat” tracks that fit: “Sunset Avenue” is guitar-driven, but the minor key melody totally works in the album’s context, especially preceding track “Generation.” Check this out if you’re a fan of the Computer trilogy – especially Computer Decay – or interested in the world of sample curation.

 

Tracklist


1. Enlightenment Ritual – (1:27)
2. Antiques – (0:52)
3. Blvd. – (1:01)
4. Hotel Lobby – (0:12)
5. Drives – (1:36)
6. Lost Artifact – (1:16)
7. Move – (0:32)
8. Vanishing Mirage – (0:56)
9. Endless Existence – (2:04)
10. Generation – (0:53)
11. Sunset Avenue – (1:28)
12. Spotlight – (0:59)
13. Floating Axis – (1:09)
14. Waterfall Simulation – (0;42)
15. Long Distance – (0:56)
16. Memory – (1:59)
17. Permanent – (0:51)
18. Refreshing – (1:08)
19. Cascading Rainfall – (2:01)
20. Light District – (0:46)
21. Dinner Reservations – (0:26)
22. Gliding – (0:56)
23. Product Information – (1:20)
24. Woman of the Snow – (1:39)

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