Sunbleach grew out of the Songsavers blog written and edited by former WVFS Tallahassee (89.7FM) disc jockey and MusicOMH writer Dylan Kilby. Originally featuring a plethora of reviews from albums in his music library from years of activity within the professional and amateur music clime, Dylan shifted his attention and began to focus primarily on the genres of vaporwave and heavy metal toward the end of 2015.
Vaporwave is a genre of modern electronic music that began in 2010. It is based in the re-contextualization of easy listening, mall muzak, and early electronic music through the aesthetics of early computer culture, non-Anglophone language/culture, and retro-futurist visualizations of the digital age. The majority of vaporwave artists utilize selective sampling and curation in order to create their works similar to “plunderphonics”, although there is a sizable population of artists who use partially or entirely original material in the production process. Vaporwave often incorporates surrealist, nostalgic, and cyberpunk imagery. Subgenres include “classic-style vaporwave”, “ECCOJAMS”, “mallsoft”, “vapornoise”, and others; historically and culturally associated genres include “dreampunk” and “hardvapour”.
If you’d like a brief starter guide to vaporwave and its related genres, then check out the following albums. These are either community-recognized as being excellent examples of vaporwave or are culturally relevant to its growth and development:
- Daniel Lopatin – Chuck Person’s ECCOJAMS. Vol 1
- MACINTOSH PLUS – FLORAL SHOPPE
- 2814 – 新しい日の誕生 (Birth of a New Day)
- Lindsheaven Virtual Plaza – NTSC Memories
- 식료품groceries – 슈퍼마켓Yes! We’re Open
- Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica
- chris††† – no lives matter
- Universitat de Barcelona – Virtual Campus (TM)
Although most articles focus on album reviews and criticism, content also includes various features and articles analyzing vaporwave trends, subgenres, and other aspects of the scene.