Time to get down and funkay with some surly-swirly funkadillio with ‘FriendChip’ by Yoann Turpin!
‘FriendChip’ by Yoann Turpin is a fourteen track album created, as quoted on FriendChip’s Bandcamp page, “with my lovely Korg synths: Kronos, M3 and Polysix Emulation. Also: Alesis Micron, Yamaha EX 5, Roland Juno D and Nordlead 2X for the chip parts, my Akai MPC 1000, Kaossilator Pro and the great Reaper”. Yoann takes several successful explorational deviations from ‘FriendChip’s core funk feel, and many of them are solid home runs.
Click play on the track embed below and sink into ‘FriendChip Overture’ to get a feel for this thoughtful, laid back album.
Yoann employs a lot of bold, quirky sounds to create the songs of ‘FriendChip’, including notable kazoo-like accompaniments in the song ‘Slikk Time’, the entire Tron-esque intro during ‘Final Bit on the String’ and the straight up boss-mode showdown harmonies in ‘Presh-Influence’. The conscious attempt to scour the corners of the sound bin for inspiration culminates in an album that touches many different musical worlds without spreading itself too thin.
Hit play on the embed below and take a listen to ‘Never Ask Why’ for a beautiful change of the album’s pace into a piano based melody, shifting into soft, echoing chip tones for an inquisitive lullaby track.
‘Never Ask Why’ is a remarkable change of pace in a primarily chip-funk album, underscoring Turpin’s ability to colour outside the lines compositionally. ‘Never Ask Why’ will be a standout favourite for many listeners, and is a highly recommended must-listen if you are on the fence about purchasing the album.
Just when you think you have a handle on the direction ‘FriendChip’ is taking, Yoann cranks the wheel and sends you down a completely new fork in the musical road with ‘Sensei Alpha’: harnessing the wondrous melodies of the erhu and infusing a deep asian flavour alongside the chip-funk Turpin has established throughout the album. ‘Sensei Alpha’ rightfully deserves a spotlight for its improvisational melodic riffs,
‘FriendChip’ continues to surprise with shifts and changes toward the last third of the album with ‘Swords and Spears’, which includes prophetic lyrics and vocals provided by Joe Cimatti. Immersive, purposeful, and and completely complimentary to Turpin’s track, ‘Swords and Spears’ alone is reason enough to consider supporting Turpin’s continued musical pursuits with a digital purchase of this album.
‘FriendChip’ is an album that surprises and succeeds with its brave combinations and tangents into uncharted chip waters. But hey, sometimes you’ve got to be brave to make new friends, or chiptunes for that matter. :)
FriendChip by Yoann Turpin is available now on Bandcamp for €7 (just under $9US).
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