Posts Tagged ‘amazing’

Sladerfluous Reviews: ‘Diafon’ by Vian

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October goes out in a glorious cascade of Norwegian flare with ‘Diafon’ by Vian.

‘Diafon’ by Vian is absolutely, positively guddommelig.

If you, like me, don’t have the pleasure of the ability to understand Norwegian, that’s okay. ‘Diafon’ offers depth beyond understanding the lyrics, part of the charm lies in letting go and allowing Vian to sweep you into their euphoric sound. I almost don’t want to google translate the entire lyric set. ‘Diafon’ is prolific with an expansive compositional structure that forks and turns with deliberate precision, creating pockets of wonder between instantly gripping hooks as transitions tease your expectations. ‘Diafon’ holds so much power in its delivery, yet manages to employ that power in concentrated, intentional doses for maximum impact. Production values are crisp and professional, making ‘Diafon’ a stellar release destined for album of the year status.

Soft swirls of piano, tight drum work, dreamy acoustic guitar, ringing electric guitar, hypnotizing vocals, and fleeting electronica find common ground on Vian’s alternative indie journey of expressive, progressive sound that gels so well together you’d think the band had been together for decades. Tracks range from ethereal alt-folk-electronica to prog-rock power ballads as Vian traverses ‘Diafon’ with confidence and a defiantly strong sense of self.

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Sladerfluous Reviews: ‘Solstice’ by Marissa Hapeman

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Last March I wrote that “…we should be so lucky to get a follow-up album in the future” from Marissa Hapeman after reviewing her chiptune debut ‘Pretty in Pixels’. Forget luck. Marissa Hapeman returns with explosive fervour with her second major chip-release ‘Solstice’.

 

Tease your musical palette with ‘Waiting For Good News’–

–then dive into the full ‘Solstice’ review continued below!

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Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 5 [Tracks 41 – 51]

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Welcome back to the breakdown of the Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 5 compilation album! PixelRecall here with the esteemed privilege of rounding out the final bundle of tracks along with you! By now I hope you have downloaded the album for yourself (if not, grab it HERE) and I’m sure you have your own thoughts on the final ten tracks of the compilation so let’s jump in and compare notes!

Nate Horsfall's Sweet Sweet Volume 5 Art

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Sladerfluous Reviews: ‘Atlas’ by FM-84

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‘Atlas’ by FM-84 is too spectacular to ignore.

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This is one of those moments where we at Chiptunes = WIN felt compelled to break open our scope to bring an album to the forefront that orbits our main focusing sub-genre because when you hear this incredible collection by Col Bennett (featuring several MIND BLOWING collaborations), you’ll be thankful that we made the exception and brought FM-84’s masterful dreamwave artistry to your attention.

Start your ‘Atlas’ journey with ‘Arcade Summer’, a delightful ambient introduction into FM-84’s 80’s synth dreamwave stylings, but be warned that this is only the tip of one magnificent iceberg…

‘ARCADE SUMMER’ by FM-84
There is so much more to love within ‘Atlas’. Continue on through the review below and experience the dreamwave decadence that ‘Atlas’ has to offer…

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Sladerfluous Reviews: ‘Pixel Tsunami’ by Jesse W. D. James

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‘Pixel Tsunami’ is the sleeper hit of early 2015.

This three track EP by Jesse W. D. James is an unrelenting wave of innovative chiptune music, artistic expression, and experimental composition.

Jesse W. D. James is a producer/composer with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Greenville, South Carolina’s Furman University. He has composed video game soundtracks for studios such as Zero Gardens and Plutono, as well as produced music with his dance/progressive band The Fire Tonight. Jesse also has an extensive video archive that features his work on YouTube, including ‘Pixel Tsunami’. (more…)