ASCEND – ANOMALY

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ANOMALY is one half of a two-part release1 by the artist ASCEND that was released on 29 February 2016 through Question Records. Each of its twelve tracks is designated as a new “episode” (as with its sister album). ANOMALY is full of discursive ECCOJAMS that applies varying amounts of pitch-/tempo-shifting, gain, and reverb to even more varied samples […]

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永遠の睡眠 – 最初の世界への道

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 最初の世界への道1 was the first release on Australian label Commercial Dream Records,2 which has since gone defunct (or so is assumed, as it hasn’t released any music in a year-and-a-half by the time of this writing). It was released at the same time on the certainly-active Lost Angles label, which is based out of Ottawa, Canada. It’s the only […]

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MACFLUORESCENT – Honey Port

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Honey Port1 was originally released through Verbatim Consciousness Recordings (an imprint of DMT Tapes FL) in July 2016 as the label’s fourteenth album and was reissued six months later at the beginning of 2017 by Cyber Dream Records.2 Both issues are the same in terms of content; the only differences are that the former has “EP” appended to […]

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¶¬ŠÆ©•§†‰]z·è®Ê&zØbž Z®«¦Wš±ìŠÐ – The Gates

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ No, that’s not the craziest typo you’ve ever seen. The Gates is the fourth album released by Dublin, Ireland label Smirk Sounds. It’s from the artist ¶¬ŠÆ©•§†‰]z·è®Ê&zØbž Z®«¦Wš±ìŠÐ, which looks like a random string of text you’d find if you opened an image file in a word processor. The Gates is sixteen minutes of ambient vaporwave and dreampunk […]

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音 LIGHT システム – everyone has forgiven you please come home now

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 音 LIGHT システム1 is known for their successful series of vaportrap releases such as Buy Milk (which recently received a nearly-instantly sold out run of cassettes on Vice ’98), but they actually started out playing classic-style vaporwave. everyone has forgiven you please come home now was released in 2013 through Saphron Squares, the collective label for 音 LIGHT […]

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