夢が制限されています – 彼らは徐々に消失しています

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Is that George Takei? Probably not, but just look at that face: it screams “Oh myyyy.” 彼らは徐々に消失しています1 is a minimalist ambient album of the Telepathic Data Storage project. It’s part of a little-known subgenre called “lowercase,” which takes Brian Eno’s statement that ambient music should be as “listenable as it is ignorable” to the far end of the […]

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猫 シ Corp. – Class of ’84

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ If you’ve heard a 猫 シ Corp. album before, then you probably know what to expect here: smooth jazz and easy listening tracks taken out of context (in a good way!) and repurposed into a new concept. In this album, it’s the concept of celebrating the titular Class of ’84.1 There are a few contemporary R&B tracks thrown […]

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Vision Girl – デッドデッドデッドデッド

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ デッドデッドデッドデッド1 is a nine-track extended-play and the second release from the broken transmission project Vision Girl. In contrast to the chaotic Y.2089-esque film score sampling of Film Noir and the classical music screw of Amare sanguinem, this album is entirely ambient music , signalwave piano samples, and tape-degrade overlays. It’s the most reserved album of the Vision Girl […]

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Chinese Hackers – ( wiretap )

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ( wiretap ) is the debut full-length album by Chinese Hackers, who developed the “vaporgoth” style upon the release of the ░▒▓死▓▒░ extended-play only three months prior to this. Vaporgoth is a highly specific1 subgenre of vaporwave that utilizes industrial music and vaporwave in the creation of dark soundscapes. Source material is all over the place – from […]

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AIR Japan – Summer of Love

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ AIR Japan’s Summer of Love extended-play is hyperactive vaporhop – a big difference from the avant-garde side with which TKX Vault is typically associated. This release is a short nine tracks in ten minutes, with ultra-smooth/ultra-light songs that recall the multifaceted instrumental microsong utilized by artists such as J Dilla. There are a couple particular highlights in the […]

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Casino Gardens – Casino Gardens

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Casino Gardens’ self-titled album probably wouldn’t be attached to the vaporwave scene but for three reasons: 1) its release on the Beer on the Rug label, which hosted many of the well-known early vaporwave releases;1 2) its retro and super low fidelity; and 3) its faux-utopian framing. It’s actually the first album in the history of Beer on […]

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Shima33 – Release

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Don’t be fooled: under its stark exterior, Release is a love story. Shima33’s second album for Dream Catalogue opens and closes with short spoken word pieces that describe the wonders and the pains of falling for someone – and how love can color experiences as personal and intimate as music. The tracks don’t tell full stories; they’re little […]

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