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Community driven vaporwave music reviews.
 
This was written by gbanas92 from Private suite Mag (Now defunct Vaporwave Magazine) An FM Skyline release is always a source of excitement. Be it a classic like EarthSim, or last summer's brilliant Advanced Memory Suite, FM Skyline has a tendency to churn out computer-generated gold. So how do you follow up something like that? How far do you keep pushing? What's waiting on the other side? It turns out the answer is but one word: Liteware. The 2nd FM Skyline release to grace vaporwave...
 
This was written by mxhdroom from Private suite Mag (Now defunct Vaporwave Magazine) In these uncomfortable days of quarantine, music can be a great escape from the repetition, routine and days that never seem to end. An album can transport you somewhere else, to another time and space, to take your mind off things in the way that only music can. In this gloomy context, Cape Coral's latest album, Karma Cleaning, their third after 2016's 3 Way to Analog VR Emotions and 2017's Slowed...
 
This was written by gbanas92 from Private suite Mag (Now defunct Vaporwave Magazine) A mallsoft release is always a particularly special treat for certain people in the vaporwave community (this writer included). There's something endlessly charming and enrapturing about spending some time voyeuristically getting a peek into a bustling mall. The downside to this is that the limits of the genre seem to have more or less been reached, making it especially challenging for a mallsoft album to...
 
This was written by stroligy from Private suite Mag (Now defunct Vaporwave Magazine) For fans familiar with vaporwave-luminaries S U R F I N G, best known for their 2012 cult-release Deep Fantasy, Léroy Honeycomb's HAWAII94 is a familiar face in a glo-fi dreamland. Like Honeycomb's alternate offshoot Neoclone––a project with a mere three tracks, all with an undeniably crisp, cool, grounded sense of style––HAWAII94's latest album Visualise is equally glossy in texture, sultry in tone, and...
 
This was written by Strawberry Station from Private suite Mag (Now defunct Vaporwave Magazine) Sometimes, less is more. With Erebus, the now long-established香港快運2083(HKE 2083) continues their exploration of sonically distinct genres, with great success. This is an album that needs no whistles and bells to be comfortable in its own skin. The plain white album art speaks to its laid-back self-confidence and effortless melding of both classic vapor and vapor-adjacent genres. 香港快運2083's...
 
This was written by stroligy from Private suite Mag (Now defunct Vaporwave Magazine) Soul▲Craft's latest album Gateway effortlessly captures the burgeoning excitement of summer days and carefree living––a lifestyle long awaited for those wishing to escape the confines of quarantine. With such a circumstance leaving us in the collective dark, Gateway peels back the curtain, letting sunshine melt the hardened and reveal the obscured. Warm instrumentals glaze over each and every track, while...
 
This was written by gbanas92 from Private suite Mag (Now defunct Vaporwave Magazine) Not so long ago, we were talking about how phenomenal FM Skyline's latest album Litewares was. But here he comes again with yet another release— though it's a bit of an unorthodox one. Rather than being a traditional album, what we have here is a collection of, in FM Skyline's words, "sample experiments." Some have been used during live sets according to the album page, and the whole release definitely...
 
Windows 96 is a Brazilian producer who experiments much with synth, vapor, psychedelic and VGM sounds. Glass Prism is his last album, published in May 2020, let's explore it a little bit more. I Swear : it is the first track of the album and it is extremely synthwave (in the best way as possible). There is a voice, and the whole mood is very chill. The perfect song when you lay in bed before sleeping and you need to think. Underwater : it remembers me of the bubbles in the sea, there are...
 
One of the latest works by Superflat, a great vaporwave artist, who was present at the Latin All-Stars vaporwave festival (he created a great set). Today I am going to review Junky Memorabilia, his latest album. Happy Meal: can you feel the sea? the w a v e? Ladies and gentlemen please get ready for the first track of the album, a complete future funk mix, that will make you feel extremely nostalgic while dancing to it like crazy! this future funk piece is great, you will feel like you are...
 
Tokyo Rat is a young Canadian producer born in 1996, the year of the rat, which explains why he chose this very particular name to represent his art. He really loves synthetizers and you can really hear this in his album. Japan is a place that really inspires his music, and, even this is something you can feel in his music. So, let's start this review. Hero: this is the first track of the album, where there is a very motivational speech at the beginning. The whole song involves...
 
Neon95 released this album at the end of 2020, and I have to say that the whole concept is genial. Talking about death without using a single word, and making understandable every idea in every song. After the Pokèwave albums, this is a very different one so let's explore it: Welcome to the Afterlife: we can hear a voice through a speaker as if we were in some kind of afterlife station or airport, there is a looped melody which is very well hearable even though we always hear the public...
 
Gaia by Blank Banshee is the last album published by him on November 30, 2020. After years of waiting from the last album, which was Mega in 2016, Blank Banshee surprised us with a whole new masterwork. It has got 15 songs, let's see them! Primordial: this is the first song of the album, which is a great one! At the beginning we hear some notes that will get looped during the whole song in different ways, it's very calming and relaxing. Mindtrap: this piece starts with a rapped part, which...
 
View: https://seikomart.bandcamp.com/album/interactive-affairs Interactive Affairs by Fan Fiordo is a lounge, cybernetic vaporwave album released on July 1st, 2019 by Seikomart. I feel like Fan Fiordo best describes it best here '"The Argentinian's blend of electronic nostalgia may be hard to nail down; it constantly expands and distends following Vaporwave's ironic flare. Strikes swing from moody fog, tunes travel aimlessly, and operatic rawness leads up to adulterated and charming...
 
:chikaYo: This review was originally written on the main Agora Road website :chikaYo: View: https://isaacascii.bandcamp.com/album/soulhealing This is a great Classic Vaporwave Eccojams album that takes you through a "refreshing journey through 80's movies, Synth Pop, Funk and Italo Disco at a soulhealing speeds". This album was released on May 16th 2019 made by Isaac Ascii. 20th century future (vaporwave) – This is the first track of the album and it consists of movies start up...
 
:KongDance: This review was originally written on the main Agora Road website :KongDance: View: https://hotelpoolsmusic.bandcamp.com/album/constant Constant by Hotel Pools is a Synthwave album that was released on July 12th 2019. Now first, let's take a moment and view the beauty of the album cover design. The artwork was done by Andrew Walker from designince86.com and as I browse through his website, it seems like he has done a lot of album covers like Electronic Gems. The album cover...
 
:KongDance: This review was originally written on the main Agora Road website :KongDance: View: https://9rhythm9.bandcamp.com/album/rhythmical-patterns?from=embed RHYTHMICAL PATTERNS is an album that I have been playing on repeat for quite sometime now when I first heard it on this month's vaporwave producer thread. This album is kinda has a mixed synthwave centric sound and was released on June 5th, 2019. The vibe I got from the album is like a CSI detective soundtrack. It is really...
 
:KongDance: This review was originally written on the main Agora Road website :KongDance: View: https://petersprinter.bandcamp.com/album/zomer Hey everybody, today I was emailed to review デ ZOMER by Peter Sprinter from Peter Sprinter himself! This is another artist from the Netherlands like Eis-T! I reviewed Eis-T's album NEDERWAVE I awhile ago, You can view the review here. Now I can certainly say that It's a refreshing experience to hear vaporwave in another language other than English...
 
:KongDance: This review was originally written on the main Agora Road website :KongDance: View: https://seikomart.bandcamp.com/album/paradise-lost Fatman Miami is a new artist that I discovered from one of MusicTheHangUp's tweets and am happy to have discovered another Miami inspired vaporwave artist. His album titled Paradise Lost released on the Seikomart label can only be described as a tropical beach front vaporwave album. What you should expect from this album is some heavy...
 
:KongDance: This review was originally written on the main Agora Road website :KongDance: View: https://gulfaudiocompany.bandcamp.com/album/b-l-u-s-h Blush is an album that I wanted to review for a while now but now that I have more free time I can finally review this sweet delightful album by b l u e s c r e e n & danger.ファルコン.1989. This is a Post-Vaporwave/plunderphonics Album originally released by Sunset Grid & Gulf Audio Company Label but is now available on the My Pet Flamingo...
 
:KongDance: This review was originally written on the main Agora Road website :KongDance: View: https://kirayoshi.bandcamp.com/album/reincarnated-resurrection Today im going to review Reincarnated Resurrection by キラヨシ it's an interesting experimental electronic vaporwave album originally released on dj project on 31 August 2018, then later released on cassette and Minidisc by Section 9 on December 7th 2018. The album cover has a pretty business class aesthetic but I feel it represents more...
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  • (Guest) Midnightmadness:
    That makes sense. So I guess followup, do you think that vaporwave is the punk or metal of our current moment? Also is this a fair question? Maybe I'm not giving metal enough credit as a current form.
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  • BobbyTrivia:
    you know, to an extent it is imo
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  • BobbyTrivia:
    when i first saw the genre, i think it was "garage electronic," it was a super-fitting name 'cuz we all know about garage bands and friends just getting together and jamming
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    with vapor, i mean you can remake the song Angel off basically the first vapor album, Eccojams, entirely with the free program Audacity
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    big swaths of people born 1985 and later can be described as either terminally online or just, much of their lives revolve around the use of their computer. it's only natural that guitar, drums, and even vocals end up being relegated to instruments that can either be emulated with a computer, or that they'll be replaced entirely by something new (ie: in vapor, it's synths and samples)
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  • BobbyTrivia:
    it probably isn't fair to ascribe the genre onto an entire generation though; not so many people keep up with vapor as they do with hip hop or more popular electronic acts
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  • (Guest) Midnightmadness:
    Right, but not everyone was into punk music back in the 1970s and 80s even. Do you think vaporwave is a kind of counter-cultural like punk was?
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    that's fair
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    in some ways it is for sure
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    socially and politically though... i mean, maybe i'm in a bubble, but i don't see any boundaries being pushed outside of ignoring copyright law (though many vaporwave acts have legitimate fair use arguments)
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  • (Guest) Midnightmadness:
    I read an article that argued it subverts the myths of the current moment by keeping the myths and feelings of the recent past alive. Don't worry this wasn't the Dummy magazine one either.
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  • (Guest) Midnightmadness:
    That societal beliefs and conceptions change, but vaporwave keeps the feelings of older ways discarded by the mainstream still somewhat tangible. The myths that say US or European countries told themselves in the 1980s, aren't exactly the same ones that exist today. Therefore, it holds some degree of human potential in it for different worlds being possible. I don't know if that connects at all to you?
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  • BobbyTrivia:
    that's an interesting perspective. i'd have to think about it more but, for instance tonight i was listening to some music i was really into over a decade ago; am i subverting modern myths just by choosing to listen to music i liked when i was younger? vapor is new music and is a new thing, even if it's referencing old stuff, ya' know? but i'm not sure how they're defining myths and feelings. i mean, i put on 2814 for the first time and i felt like, i've never heard anything like this before. first time i heard Floral Shoppe i felt like, whoa this is making be feel some stuff, music doesn't normally make me feel this type of way.
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    and i don't wanna be too negative to the perspective but like, i only recently started listening to Fleetwood Mac and i still haven't ever really listened to Diana Ross. so even though (some) vapor artists are recontextualizing a lot of this older media, it's still new to me both from it literally being a new song and new interpretation, but also because i had never heard the source material in the first place
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  • BobbyTrivia:
    for sure an interesting perspective though. it sounds like they're arguing that vaporwave is escapism in a way, but obviously a lot of people view any and all music as a form of escapism
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  • (Guest) Midnightmadness:
    Yeah I could link you to the article, it gets very sociological so I was having trouble wading through it myself XD. It is centered around this concept of "affect" which I had a hard time understanding; one definition is that it is kind of like "the background noise" that defines a society or time, things people take for granted. I don't think they mean myths in a like Ancient Greek sense, but just referring to the stories that society tells itself or the different stories people tell themselves about what their life purpose is or who they are.
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    yeah i'd check this article out
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    dang this is a longboy
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    Yeah for real XE
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    XD
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  • (Guest) Midnightmadness:
    I'd take it piece by piece, but its pretty interesting. I think it takes a nuanced perspective, and also criticizes the defining of vaporwave as just "anti-consumer," but obviously it is much more than just that
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    (Guest) Midnightmadness: I'd take it piece by piece, but its pretty interesting. I think it takes a nuanced perspective...