AOTW | 26 February – 4 March: Darksleep – Obviate
Closing out February as our fourth album-of-the-week for 2018 is Obviate by Darksleep. Darksleep started off in 2014 with Identity Ender, which – for coming relatively late in the vaporwave game – sounded more like a 2011 ECCOJAMS album than most of the releases in 2011. However, Darksleep quickly changed tones to darker and more ambient-influenced albums, which culminated in this 2015 full-length on Business Casual. Obviate is related to Replica by Oneohtrix Point Never is being heavily influenced by progressive electronica music, where “New Age” sounds are utilized to create a cyberpunk-ambient aesthetic with lots of warm tones and analogue sounds. There are several points (as on “Blemish Moon”) that harken back to Darksleep’s vaporwave background, being obvious points of samplism that call ones attention toward the production tropes used in making the album, kind of like a Stan Brakhage film. The overall effect is a twisted odyssey through ambient and surreal sounds.
Read the Sunbleach article here, and check out the music below: