The Tree of Life – Psalm 23

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ TKX Vault tagged Psalm 23 as “torahvapour” on their Bandcamp page, which is an entirely accurate description for this dreampunk release. The album’s eponym is one of the most famous passages in Judeo-Christian texts, that which begins “The LORD is my shepherd, I shalt not want.”1 Likewise, the artist’s moniker The Tree of Life does not refer to […]

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UNFR – Holy Forest

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ UNFR’s Holy Forest consists of a single seventeen-minute long track called “Scripture,” out on the experimental label TKX Vault (formerly known as Tokyo Exchange).1 The album is dreampunk, a specific style of ambient vaporwave that utilizes drone music as its musical foundation as opposed to chopped-and-screwed techniques, sample curation, or trap beats.2 Expectedly, Holy Forest has no percussion, […]

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断片化された友人 – Fragmented Memories

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Fragmented Memories is six hours long. That’s ridiculous. 断片化された友人1 is marketed as a supergroup of seven high-profile vaporwave artists, but it’s not. Only twenty-one of the sixty-nine tracks are collaborative, and almost none of them feature every member. The tracks are rarely any different from what any artist puts on their solo albums, giving this album the impression […]

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zoal – humans [EP]

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ humans is the debut release by zoal, a Los Angeles artist who produces a unique blend of industrial-electronic music and vaporwave. Similar to The Darkest Futures on Dream Catalogue, zoal’s modus operandi is to make samples as unrecognizably distorted as possible, with nods to the beat-tastic styles of Skinny Puppy and The Prodigy. A short four-track, ten-minute release. […]

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アドブロック+ – 私はライトゼロを感じている

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ アドブロック+1 puts the “noise” in “vapornoise” – harsh noise, that is. In contrast to vapornoise artists whose amusicality is rooted in the usage of television samples and chopped-and-screwed production while still being listenable, 私はライトゼロを感じている2 is Merzbow software-destruction at its purest form. This album is better viewed as harsh noise influenced by vaporwave: the connection to the vaporwave scene […]

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