幽霊, TOGETHER! – Into Your Eyes
Recommendation: ✂ (“I want to 知っています” and “ｔｅｌｌ ｉｔ ｔｏ ｍｙ ｈｅａｒｔ”)
Into Your Eyes is an old-school ECCOJAMS extended-play by “post-death” producer 幽霊, TOGETHER!1 of DMT Tapes FL.2 The album’s seven tracks are classic-style vaporwave with an old AM-radio sheen comparable to releases found on the Fortune 500 label.3 Each song has a general late night feel, with heavy utilization of lyrical samples. There are fewer production effects on the voices than one would expect for an album going for a classic bent: other than “I want to 知っています,” most of the voices themselves have relatively little screw. “ｋｅｅｐ ｈｏｌｄｉｎｇ ｏｎ” applies a phaser to adult contemporary music in a manner that will be familiar to those fans of the Elemental 95 label (in addition to the aforementioned Fortune 500), and “ｔｅｌｌ ｉｔ ｔｏ ｍｙ ｈｅａｒｔ” has a nice super-gated drumbeat that gives it a trippy flow. There’s a whispered rap on “Ｏ Ｖ Ｉ Ｄ” that’s kind of weird and causes some pops and clicks on the recording that distract. Give the selected tracks a listen.
1. ｏｕｔ ｏｆ ｔｈｅ ｂｌｕｅ – (3:25)
2. I want to 知っています – (2:31)4
3. ｋｅｅｐ ｈｏｌｄｉｎｇ ｏｎ – (3:03)
4. ｔｅｌｌ ｉｔ ｔｏ ｍｙ ｈｅａｒｔ – (4:29)
5. 愚かな – (3:03)5
6. living all alone – (4:13)
7. Ｏ Ｖ Ｉ Ｄ – (1:47)
1Japanese translation: “Ghosts Together!”
2Released under the label’s “second season,” DMT[REC].
3… a comparison that even DMT[REC] makes.
4Japanese translation: “(I want to ) know”
5Japanese translation: “Stupid”