ANXIETY ONLINE – FEAR

Recommendation: ☀☁☁ ANXIETY ONLINE is a wonderfully evocative name, and FEAR is a wonderfully evocative album title in all its simplicity. This is the third release ever for HVRF, one of two main forces in the hardvapour underground (the other being Antifur); the label purports to be from Prip’yat, Ukraine, which is the location of the Chernobyl disaster. FEAR is […]

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ph.2003 悲しいです – LUISMIWAVE 太陽 EP

Recommendation: ☹ The LUISMIWAVE 太陽 EP1 by ph.2003 悲しいです2 is an eight-track release out through Latinwave, a label based out of Ecuador that was established in mid-2015 to cater specifically to the Latin American vaporwave community.3 The EP consists of memetic classic-style vaporwave, primarily being composed of Hispanic pop and adult contemporary tracks with FLORAL SHOPPE screw effects. Each song […]

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日本語の文字 – 何も は リアル

Recommendation: ☹ 日本語の文字 is a sneaky parody of vaporwave; the name translates as “Japanese characters”. The album title 何も は リアル is related; it translates as “Nothing Is Real”, which might be a snipe at the thematic focus on emotional emptiness that permeates many vaporwave (especially classic-style) releases and message boards. Or perhaps I’m overthinking it all.1 Musically, 何も は […]

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eーra – DIE-U

Recommendation: ✂ (“DISTRUPT (INTRO)”, “MY NOISE TANGIBLE”, “YOU SAY MISS”, “SEVENTH ELEMENT”) If you go to the Bandcamp page for Luxury Sky District, you’ll see that every album released by the label is dated exactly twenty years prior to the actual release date. For example, DIE-U by eーra came out on 20 December 2015, but its album page says that […]

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Wasn’t – Validations in Discord

Recommendation: ☀☀☁ Validations in Discord1 made its rounds on several labels in 2016 including Question Records, & Options, and Aloe City Records. Produced over a six-month span from 2015 to early 2016, this is a three-track EP from Wasn’t that incorporates acid techno into the vapor aesthetic. It’s billed as the twenty-fifth release on Question Records, and it includes a […]

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