Let’s face some hard truths, no matter how popular chiptune gets (as a niche medium), there have always been a lot of people thinking it’s starting to fade away. The reality, though, is that isn’t even close to true. There will always be jaded people; this is inevitable. However chiptune, much like synthesizers in the 80’s, has helped many people evolve their tastes in music beyond just what they expected. A lot of expectations were the concept of the nostalgia and limitations of the sound of a single console or a few combined. It has brought people into a whole new perspective of appreciating composition, sound design, and genres they never expected to find growing on them. People who haven’t explored their music tastes before chip music are exploring the wide variety of music that’s out there. We have people continuing to put chiptune elements and chip music influences in their music, whether it’s strictly hardware, strictly software, or somewhere in between. This is exactly where mal4m’s EP, “Don’t Wait,” comes into play.
Describing the next five tracks from our 4th compilation album is a lot like plucking five roses from a stunning bouquet, or stacking five bacon pancakes onto your plate from a pile fresh off the griddle: you can’t go wrong, and they taste even better with syrup. (Chiptunes = WIN does not endorse the practice of eating syrup-coated roses. Chiptunes = WIN does, however, heavily endorse bacon pancakes.)
Volume 4 is a gathering of the best from all corners of the community. There are only beacons of chiptune mastery here, and though your personal tastes may steer you toward some songs over others, each track is a curated experience, and all come highly recommended.
Without further ado, I am honoured to bring you Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 4’s tracks 16 through 20. Come listen!
Big things come in small packages, and that’s exactly what you get with ‘Jelly’ by Roboctopus.
Lighthearted, explorative and accessible, ‘Jelly’ by Roboctopus does more with four tracks than others often can with eleven. Roboctopus redefines the meaning of “full album” with ‘Jelly’, a 4 track EP that will leave you full, and craving seconds.
Thoughtful harmonies employed by Roboctopus throughout the album keep transitions fresh, with title track “Midnight at the Ice Palace” showcasing Roboctopus’ ability to flow into new and unique transitions, ensuring intrigue with each purposeful deviation.
‘Jelly’ does a lot with a little. Roboctopus infuses excitement into this latest EP, employing clever tweaks and variations on its own established melodies with an efficiency that inspires. “Evening for the Rest of Your Life (Remix)” even goes so far as to pull the rug out from its own melody during a midway transition to spotlight its bassline undercurrent with refreshing abandon.
While strong ties imbue ‘Jelly’ with a certain uniformity throughout its four ambitious tracks, “Memory Erasers Local” is the strongest departure from the rest of the album with deep explorations into echo, pans and distance, creating hypnotic hooks alongside an upbeat anthem.
‘Jelly’ has a trademark effervescence that culminates with “Can’t Have the Fish if you Ain’t Got the Jelly” which, simply put, is a quirky experiment that WORKS. It’s lighthearted and fun, infusing an unexpected drop into explorative basslines underneath an unapologetic grab-bag of chip pop-blips and synth that dares to redefine the term “melody”.
‘Jelly’ by Roboctopus is available on Bandcamp right now for “pay-what-you-want” at a minimum of $2(USD). For the LSDJ curious, the .wav files of all 4 tracks are included with your purchase of the album.
“Jelly” is a must listen that plays out as its own mini-odessey, weaving through each of its four distinct tracks with a finesse that evades expectation.
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