Datavision Ltd. – Vector Tables [EP]

Recommendation: ☀☁☁ [Originally posted to the SongSavers music blog on 28 March 2016.] Released two weeks into 2011, the Vector Tables extended-play by Datavision Ltd. is one of the earliest examples of the broken transmission subgenre of vaporwave, which samples late-night television, advertisements, and bumpers in typically lo-fi form through “garbage muzak” aesthetics.1 The project consisted of Robin Burnett and […]

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Blank Banshee – Blank Banshee 0

Recommendation: ☀☀☁ [Originally posted at the SongSavers music blog on 25 March 2016.] The “vaportrap” subgenre of vaporwave probably wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for Blank Banshee, who – erroneously or not – tagged his debut release Blank Banshee 0 as “vaporwave” on his Bandcamp page back in 2012, setting off an entirely new development within the subculture. Perhaps it’s […]

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Rez x Oscob – Virtual High Rise™

Recommendation: ✂ (“Security Deposit,” “SOARING SKY ADVENTURE 95′,” “Vorex”) [Originally posted to the SongSavers music blog on 21 February 2016.] Virtual High Rise™ is the second album in a trilogy produced by vaporwave duo Rez x Oscob. Packaged with an attractive, digitally-rendered photo of an elegant skyscraper, Virtual High Rise™ is a concept album about one’s visit to a futuristic enterprise as dreamed […]

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ECO Virtual – Atmospheres 第2

Recommendation: ☀☀☁ [Originally posted to the SongSavers music blog on 9 February 2016.] In the mid/late-nineties, Sony used a 49-second clip from Kerry Livgren’s Odyssey into the Mind’s Eye to advertise the processing power and video card of the VAIO line of desktops. The video utilized full-motion computer graphics that demonstrated the burgeoning world of home computer graphic capabilities; it showed […]

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Haircuts for Men – +0 [EP]

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ [Originally posted to the SongSavers music blog on 29 October 2015.] Haircuts for Men has released eleven albums in thirteen months. Wow. That’s obscene. Luckily for this future funk1 artist, a lot of them are quite good. The +0 EP is a short, five-track collection released on DMT Records – a Michigan label that specializes in limited-run cassettes […]

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メモレックスVISIONAL – Lucid Cycle

Recommendation: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ [Originally posted to the SongSavers music blog on 29 October 2015.] メモレックスVISIONAL’s1 Lucid Cycle is only vaporwave insofar as visual aesthetic: this is a very new agey, ambient release that clocks in at just seventeen minutes. The artist – who has only published music under this moniker since the beginning of 2015 – describes the album as “incorporat[ing] aquatic […]

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