Posts Tagged ‘Bandcamp album release’

Meaning in Chaos: Cityfires – ‘CCL Dive’

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Cityfires’ latest release is fire. That pun is too easy not to make, but I really mean it. With buoyant emotional synthpop, some of the most magnetic sound design I’ve heard all year, and fascinating lyrics – this album’s spirit is most deserving of the title “adventure” out of all that I’ve written about. It’s full of surprises and seriously fine-tuned, with tracks like ‘The Tangle’ trimmed down to interesting ideas, while others such as the titular song take the time they need for a core feeling to hit home.

Full to the brim with electric melody lines, immersive sound design, and creative mixing decisions, this fifteen-track masterpiece never sacrifices quality for quantity. Tight vocal tracks are infused with textured electronica, and organic instrumentation as well. Instrumentals are just as diverse: ‘Daybreak Apparatus’ echoes the peppy videogame joy of earlier ChipWIN comps, while ‘Dreamshifting’ feels like some more recent chiptune which draws from mathrock. Alternatively, ‘Mothfold’ defies description. The whole album is kinetic, and really integrated, a trip through clear landscapes and sights to behold.

It is also a story of hope in moving forward.

Art by Alex Spivey
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Sam Sher’s Year In Review

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INCOMING TRANSMISSION


So that was a year huh.

A lot of good things happened. A lot of bad things happened. But most importantly, a lot of chiptune things happened! In this here article, I’ll be going over my highlights of this year both in terms of releases and shows!

So get ready to go down memory lane!

Me thinking about life & chiptune & junk.

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Chip Treatment with Professor Oakes: ‘Dinnertime’ by Gors

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A recipe; the ingredients; the cookware — all crucial to preparing your meals and satiating your growing hunger.

The very same analogy holds true for chipmusic: the personality that a musician puts into their work; the level of composition the song yields; and the success of mixing which helps to amplify the song. In this sense, the composition is the recipe; personality the ingredients; and the method the musician is producing their album on and the song mixing is the cookware.

You’re probably thinking why I’m making all of these silly analogies to food and food prep, am I right? Without further adieu…

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