Catlights – Triangle
Take home some hardvapour, throw it in a pot, add some dreampunk and a bit of a vaporwave – and baby, you’ve got a stew going.
But wait a second… This was made in 2010. Before all of that. Before any of it was really a concept, honestly.
Triangle is the debut release from Catlights, a project by .mp3neptune that began in a concentrated effort to create “hard” music that contrasts with the “delicate melody” of the artist’s other works.
Asura Revolver calls Triangle a work of “almost chaotic plunderphonics”, which isn’t too far off the mark for the glitchy nature of a lot of these tracks. “Team Workout” samples an athletic trainer’s admonishments with a ton of degradation and screw, creating a pretty awesome blend of hardvapour and classic-style vaporwave. “Forum Raid” could be at home on a Hotline Miami tribute album, with its sinewy synthwave melody and high-bpm tempo. Ending track “Wait” features a distorted vocal lead that sounds somewhat like a fucked-up version of the intro spoken word bit to Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – and I can’t believe I just made that reference.
As you can tell by this article, Triangle is one of those albums where every single song could use a line because of how well .mp3neptune has done at creating an album that’s different enough on each new track without being totally discursive – something that’s not easy to do for a genre like hardvapour. It’s also gotta be mentioned that this thing was produced years before any of those genre tags were even a thing – Triangle predates hardvapour and dreampunk by several years, yet its official release in mid-2017 could not have been more timely. Crazy, weird, and perfectly suitable for its half-hour package.
1. I Found a Murder Tape at the Thrift Store – (4:18)
2. Inverted – (3:20)
3. Team Workout – (2:53)
4. Chemical Burns – (3:00)
5. Forum Raid – (3:29)
6. Intermission – (0:46)
7. I Guess So – (7:05)
8. Dairy Farm – (2:03)
9. Drifting – (4:15)
10. Wait – (2:28)
1Taken from the Asura Revolver blurb for the album.