Ganz Feld – Unwise 2.0
Recommendation: ✂ (“Brain”, “Fatal Shadows”, “藕断丝连”, “Disconnected”)
Released at the start of fall 2016 on the Canadian label Lost Angles,1 Unwise 2.0 is a half-hour of vaportrap by Ganz Feld that utilizes hypnagogic and ambient melodies. It expands on the artist’s 2015 six-track EP Unwise, which was released by Aloe City Records.2 Unwise 2.0 came out approximately ten months after the EP’s original run, and it was accompanied by a cassette release in an edition of fifty.
Unwise 2.0 prominently utilizes progressive electronica and new age (nu age?) melodies, similar to Dream Catalogue alumnus 「fluence」 on 2014’s ｅｌｅｍｅｎｔａｌ. It has a clean and crisp production that’s similar to (and will appeal to fans of) releases on chris†††’s Business Casual label. The first six tracks (corresponding to those from the 2015 EP) are far more trap-based, with lots of hi-hats and hip-hop textures that run at single-length. “玉Cruelty” receives the remix treatment by pseudonymous artist Vandelay Industries – which is a reference to a fictional entity on Seinfeld. These six tracks have the all-too-common pitfall of vaportrap music whereby the hi-hats are simply abused; they distract more than they facilitate the music of the experience, although they are not mixed loudly in comparison to the progressions.
The stand-outs of Unwise 2.0 are in the four new tracks. “Brain” features production work by fellow vaportrap artist STΛQQ ƟVERFLƟ, who’s released on labels such as Business Casual, Midnight Moon Tapes, and Ailanthus Recordings. “Fatal Shadows” is a downtempo vaportrap artist with some serious cyberpunk/dreampunk ambiance popping up at its last minute. “藕断丝连” is a ten-minute ambient jam with trap and hip-hop elements; it’s by far the best song on Unwise 2.0 and is deserving of addition to anyone’s vaporwave playlists. Final track “Disconnected” opens with a keyboard arpeggio slightly similar to the Halloween theme that dives into ambient IDM. These four tracks highlight Ganz Feld’s future focus on dreampunk and eventually ghost tech, which culminated in the release of Prophecies on Pyramids in August 2017. Grab them.
1. CTV – (3:35)
2. Night Palms – (2:37)
3. 玉Cruelty [Vandelay Industries Remix] – (2:32)3
4. Trans Oneiron – (3:06)
5. 变态 [VIP] – (2:38)4
6. 2Shy – (3:48)
7. Brain (feat. STΛQQ ƟVERFLƟ) – (2:30)
8. Fatal Shadows – (3:39)
9. 藕断丝连 – (10:35)5
10. Disconnected – (3:32)
1*Not* “Lost Angeles” – or maybe it’s just me who makes that mistake.
2Aloe City Records might or might not be defunct. As of this writing, they haven’t released anything in almost a year.
3Japanese translation: “Beautiful (Cruelty”
4Japanese translation: “Metamorphosis [VIP]”
5Japanese translation: “Lingering wire”