虚拟梦想广场 – 爱的吸收

Recommendation: ☀☁☁ Once in a while, an installment of telepath’s Virtual Dream Plaza project (written in script as 仮想夢プラザ) will receive a label release. For example: あなたを待って1 was released on TKX Vault, and 破片2 was released on Dream Catalogue. 爱的吸收1 is the only VDP album to be released on Nirvana Port, and unlike most of the VDP albums, it is […]

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cold. – bleak

Recommendation: ☀☁☁ bleak is the last of the Nirvana Port releases, capping off the label’s ten-month run with not a bang, but a whisper.1 In fifteen minutes, cold. ends the second Dream Catalogue imprint with a stark “click” that suggests turning the lights off before leaving – or, more fittingly in theme with the Port/Vault imagery of D.C. imprints, the […]

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Broken Light – Endless Desert

Rating: ☀☁☁ If you’ve listened to the SUPERCOMPUTER trilogy on TKX Vault and the Computer trilogy by Infinity Frequencies, then Endless Desert by Broken Light is an excellent place to go next. Endless Desert is a nineteen-track signalwave album that plays like an Internet version of Brian Eno’s Ambient 4: On Land. It’s a vaguely conceptual album of what appears […]

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DARKPYRAMID – ELECTRIC▲L TE▲RDROPS

Recommendation: ☀☁☁ ELECTRIC▲L TE▲RDROPS is the first album from the DARKPYRAMID1 project, released through Dream Catalogue in March of 2014 as the twelfth overall release by the fledgling label. It’s the start of the “love story”2 narrative in the DARKPYRAMID albums, which isn’t readily apparent but may be seen in the accompanying text of a woman finding comfort in the […]

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骨架的 – Poor Homme

Recommendation: ☀☁☁ Poor Homme1 ended the anonymous producer 骨架的’s two-year hiatus following the release of Ancient Science in 2013. His(Her?) ninth overall full-length harkens back to the classic-style/proto-vaporwave of 2010’s Holograms and 2012’s Reflections, blending hazy vignettes of smooth jazz/easy listening with computer music. It’s also one of 骨架的’s longest albums to date: at twenty-one tracks in over fifty minutes, […]

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C A S I N O ☆★☆★☆ M A S T E R – 勝 者 ! ! ! !★W I N N E R★

Recommendation: ☀☁☁ 勝 者 ! ! ! !★W I N N E R★1 is a clusterfuck of casino noise. The second and final album from C A S I N O ☆★☆★☆ M A S T E R is a twenty-minute sound collage of Japanese pop music, sound effects, and bit phrases. Previous album ☆★☆ ボーナススピン幸運 !!! almost entirely relied […]

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cereaʟ – Opening Soon

Recommendation: ☀☁☁ Opening Soon is a five-track extended-play by cereaʟ, one of only two releases ever put out by this Australian artist. This EP is mallsoft, but with a twist: rather than produce what would come from the PA speakers in a mall or make the soundtrack to an empty and soulless shopping experience, Opening Soon is a field recording […]

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