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Chip Bit Sid Takes on: TRUTHR – ‘Self titled’

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Hey guys, it’s been a while but I’m back and I’m reviewing Henry Homesweet’s latest inclination, ‘TRUTHR‘ and his self titled EP. I’ve been a huge fan of Henry Homesweet and his music, ever since he released his album, ‘Luke’s Atari’, and have since been following any music released under both his primary pseudonym and the various other names he’s released material under (e.g: 2a0xCYMBA, Essential Chip, Yeon).

Instead of the usual Nanoloop escapades we generally see with Henry Homesweet, he’s opted to use the soundchip from the classic ‘Commodore 64’ as the machine for TRUTHR’s music. This is something I’ve liked with Henry, as I too like to push myself and experiment with hardware (I’m always trying to further refine my style). Through his different pseudonyms, he’s experimented with various equipment, from using a NES with ‘2a0x‘, to using an Amiga with ‘Yeon‘. Both are different in style but very high in quality.

Getting in meat of the review, TRUTHR’s first opening track’s called, ‘Astro Ivory’ and feels almost ‘vaporwave-like‘, both in its wispy notes and keys, as well as it’s distorted sampling and slow tempo. All are closely linked to the genre. Focussing on instruments, there are certain sounds that really jump out at you, most notably the bass, with its pulsating vibes moving from left to right. It’s also the glue that holds track together, as it’s the most used hook through the track. Another fantastic pick is the melodic hook through the chorus, It’s staccato rhythm almost giving the vibes that we’re in ‘ancient china’. ‘Astro Ivory’ is a great track, however for me it’s one of the weeker songs. Not because it’s not powerful, but the last two tracks are probably my favourites (I’ll get to them later).

As we move towards TRUTHR’s second track, ‘Chem Moon’, the vibes of ‘Astro Ivory’ are quickly forgotten. Instead replaced with more a sinister style, relating to likes of ‘Hip hop’ and ‘track’, mainly down the focus on the beat and rhythm and rather the melodic, which is pretty much absent. I feel ‘Chem Moon’ calls back to a lot of Henry’s housey music, primarily under his title, ‘2a0x‘ and the EP ‘Ambush’. Certain tracks like, ‘$4020’ and pAPU, really mirror what Henry has done on ‘Chem Moon’. That said, I don’t think this song hit a chord with me like the rest, I feel it was slightly monotonous at times (and yes I know house is like that).

‘Paradise 500’ is the third track off, ‘TRUTHR’ and I would say this is one of my favourites off the EP; mainly because it sounds like nothing Henry has ever done before. However it also has me raise a very big question…how does one create such a track on just a C64 soundchip? Well, from what we’ve seen from the likes of ‘Harleylikesmusic‘, it probably look a lot of creativity and initiative! This track was definitely inspired from trips on the beaches and sunny towns abroad, as the thumping melody and key-changes scream ‘palm trees and searing sun whilst driving down a long road’. The song is also well paced, with certain parts turning the energy down. This allows for a delicate ensemble of clavs and snares to sound out, whilst the keys hum underneath. ‘Paradise 500’ is definitely one of those tracks to add to your summer playlist.

The last track, and probably one that everyone will recite as their favourite, is ‘Earth II’. Again, I would say this is another of my favourite picks; I just keep thinking how does one make this kind of music on the soundchip of a c64? As soon as you listen to ‘Earth II’, it immediately sounds like that of a laptop track. Each melody and sound is like a warm and satisfying wave that hits you in such a way. Like ‘Paradise 500’, Henry has gone for a different take in making songs, using a more rather progressive angle, building upon its layers as it goes forward. Listening to the whole track, ‘Earth II’ feels as if Henry has taken a lot of inspiration from the soundscape genre, as well as various scfi soundtrack scores, such as Blade Runner or Gravity.

Although only a 4 track EP, each song, feels as if it is its own certain style, with entire album feeling as if it was huge experimentation to see what Henry could do. First we have ‘Astro Ivory’ with, ‘Vaporwave‘; Second, is Chem Moon which takes on Hip Hop and Trap; Third is ‘Paradise 500’, that takes on, Dance and EDM; and finally we the forth track, ‘Earth II’ which takes on soundscapes and soundtracks. Although these genres are completely different to each other, they do have a couple of things in common; namely the soundchip used as well as Henry’s standout musical style (more so in his melodies and solos which, tend to be slow). Both speak volumes throughout the EP, and allow it to become one rather than a collection of tracks. For me TRUTHR has become another mesmerising standpoint in Henry Homesweet’s musical journey since the 00s.

If you wish to check out below Henry’s other artist names and his releases, I’ve left links below to them below.

2a0x –  Ambush, Data3000 | Yeon – In The Flow | Henry Homesweet – Tape Tone, Lukes Atari, Box Model, Flex out, Archaic Revival, Tombland, Palm Trance, Enter 5D | Essential Chip – TRUTHR, Essential Mixes 2016 etc

Henry Homesweet
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This has been a blog post from Chip Bit Sid, a UK based Chiptune Blogger. Along with monthly features here on The ChipWIN Blog, I post once a week on my own blog. To get in touch, please message via the social media links below! I also do my own music under the banner as ‘Kojin’.

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Chip Bit Sid Takes on: 2016 – 3 songs that grew on me!

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2016 has been an truly eventful year, with both positive & negative things happening all around us. Chiptune has been a huge part of this year, especially for me. I have reviewed so much music that I was practically reviewing a new album every other week, so it’s obvious that I would have come across some chiptune music that didn’t quite hit me, but when taking another listen later on down the line, a few gems have blown me away. To sum up, here are 3 songs that have grown on me over the year 2016.

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Stokin’ the Forge: ‘Graces and Furies’ by Corset Lore

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A very merry December to one and all in the ChipWIN nation, and thank you for joining me for another outing at the Forge. This month marks three years since I began writing for Chiptunes = WIN with a review of Corset Lore’s baroque-tastic self-titled EP. With serendipitous timing, it just so happens that Corset Lore has just released a brand new EP on the storied 8bitpeoples netlabel entitled ‘Graces and Furies‘. This release brims with the stylistic elements that inspired me to pen that first review along with highlighting Corset Lore’s artist growth in the last three years.

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Amazing Album Art courtesy of Raquel Meyes

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Chip Bit Sid Takes On: GOTO80 – ‘80864’

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These past couple of weeks I’ve been listening to GOTO80’s latest album, ‘80864’, released via ‘DATA AIRLINES’. This was the first release from GOTO80 that I have listened to. Honestly, I never really got into his distorted, glitchy style of music, however with ‘80864’, GOTO80 brought the iconic ‘Roland 808 drum machine’ into the mix, so I thought I definitely should pick this up and give it a listen.

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Sladerfluous Reviews: ‘Autre’ by xyce

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‘Autre’ by xyce is one of those “YOU GOT CHOCOLATE IN MY PEANUT BUTTER” moments if the peanut butter was a grassy meadow of adorable frolicking chip-bunnies and the chocolate was a giant head-bangin’ bridge troll shoulder-checking said bunnies into a mosh-pit style frenzy.

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Get hooked with this intriguing mix with the title track ‘autre’, then jump into the article for a closer look at the full album ‘autre’ by xyce!

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The Unicorn Princess Royally Reviews ‘Metatransit’ by Conquer Monster

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What’s up, chip peeps? This month, I’d like to bring your attention to a duo specializing in the creation of refreshing music made from vintage gear and classic synthesizers. That duo goes by the name of Conquer Monster. I look for artists who love what I love.  Groups of people who hang out in the underground scene. Those who would rather own a synth than a car, who spent time circuit bending when other sounds become standard and stale, and those who just feel their sole purpose on the planet is to express themselves through sound.

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CM released their album, Metatransit, on October 16th, 2015. It serves as the score for the comic book Purge Worlds , written by Joshua Oman and illustrated by Chris Black. This concept album refers to tragic hero Brandon Lao’s adventure to seek revenge for his partner Anna’s death, through the exploration of different planets.  The album is dark, futuristic, while also beat driven and nostalgic.  Metatransit explores the themes of the comic with 80s style drum beats, chopped voices, catchy riffs, great melodies, and inspiring sound design work. So, without further ado, let’s enter the world of Joshua Faulkner and Daniel Romero, of Conquer Monster.

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