AOTW | 27 February – 5 March: Remember – ルートバックホーム

Kicking off March 2017 is ルートバックホーム by Remember, a dreampunk release out on Dream Catalogue that incorporates the best of city-lights ambiance and rain on one’s apartment balcony. Taking inspiration from dreampunk forebears such as HKE and telepath (both of whom collaborate with Remember on this album), ルートバックホーム evokes cityscapes in their solitary yet vibrant wonder, where the streets stretch […]

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AOTW | 20 February – 26 February: Digital Sex – Zones

The name “Digital Sex” just screams vaporwave. The odd sensuality of the Internet laid bare – no pun intended. Zones is the artist’s 2016 release, following the well-received Overgrowth collaboration with Oscob. Zones is twelve tracks, each of which is themed around a different “zone” – e.g. “MINUS ZONE”, “EMPTY ZONE”, and “ICE CAVERN ZONE” – with some video game […]

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AOTW | 13 February – 19 February: テレビ体験 – Y.2089

BEMKSZZZZZHHHHHHHHHHHH[japanesemuttering]SOZAAAA. Sorry, just playing Y.2089 by テレビ体験. It’s the first album released on TKX Vault, an imprint of Dream Catalogue specifically started by cyberpunk artist HKE as a creative outlet for avant-garde works removed from his main projects. Y.2089 is one of the most abrasive albums in the entire genre of vaporwave and cyberpunk music. At its core, it uses […]

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AOTW | 30 January – 5 February: 被遗忘的时光 – forgotten time

forgotten time is an album of “fishvapor” brought to you by Tetra Systems, a label that features saki the fish “and his aquatic friends”, according to the label’s home page. forgotten time is a mixture of hypnagogic drift/slushwave and classic-style vaporwave, striving to achieve that muffled sound when one’s head is underwater. It’s quite successful at it: forgotten time is […]

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AOTW | 19 December – 25 December: Eyeliner – High Fashion Mood Music

Not vaporwave? Bite me. High Fashion Mood Music is a synthy extravaganza from Eyeliner. It’s the simplest of progressions on the simplest of keyboards with the simplest of production, and that very simplicity is what makes it a charming album that doesn’t take itself seriously in not taking itself seriously. Tracks are bouncy and lively with just enough glitz to […]

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