Golden Living Room – Post-Internet

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Golden Living Room’s Post-Internet is an excursion into hyper-produced ambient computer music, with birdsong faintly sitting on the threshold. The seventeen-track, hour-long album is the fifth full-length by the father and professional music teacher, who first became active with 2013’s Plug In, Drop Out. This will well-please fans of spacey video game soundtracks such as Portal, Kairo, and […]

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いすゞ・ピアッツァ ENTERPRISES – ISUZU PIAZZA

Recommendation: ✂ (“1981 Isuzu Piazza XE,” “Tokyo Motor Show,” “Tape Start B”) The only extant album of いすゞ・ピアッツァ ENTERPRISES1 is textbook vaporwave in the sense of almost entirely unedited samples put together in a package meant to elicit nostalgia and set up as if it’s from a promotional cassette tape for the titular vehicle. It does what it does well, and those looking for nothing more than […]

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Skoddie – Biaxially-Oriented Polyethylene Terephthalate

Recommendation: ✂ (the first eight tracks) Ever been interested in what early Autechre’s take on vaporgoth or dark ambient would sound like?1 That’s Biaxially-Oriented Polyethylene Terephthalate by Skoddie, also known as Skoddie the Cat, whose late-2015 album is a two-and-a-half hour odyssey through various forms of lowercase, dark ambient, drone music, and field recording; with disordered album titles that evoke […]

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チェスマスター – 天使

Recommendation: ☀☁☁ At the risk of sounding totally pretentious, 天使1 is チェスマスター’s2 most “important”3 album, as it heralded a serious stylistic change in the producer’s approach to subsequent works. The previous three – 真の愛,4 Night Drive and The Games We Play – were primarily hypnagogic drift albums with some elements of late night lo-fi; 天使 somewhat continued this, but with […]

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Vektroid – Color Ocean Road

Recommendation: ☀☀☁ Color Ocean Road may not be vaporwave in the strictest sense, but as a part of the Vektroid project by Ramona Xavier, it’s one that would not be fair to skip in the discussion of the genre and its evolution. This was the final album released under Vektroid, before the mid-2016 triple-release of Big Danger, RE•SET, and Vektroid […]

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Infinity Frequencies – Dream Recovery

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Dream Recovery predates Infinity Frequencies’ Computer trilogy by almost a year. The artist’s fourth release, this album features many of the sample curation techniques that would make Infinity Frequencies a household name in signalwave, broken transmission, and vaporwave as a whole: classical music sources, extremely short songs, and ultra-small loops. Those who have heard Infinity Frequencies’ later releases […]

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