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!
Welcome to 2017, ChipWINNERS! What better way to break into the new year than with some quirky chip-swing tunes delivered from their hearts to your ears by none other than the legendary YMCK!
‘FAMILY SWING’ by YMCK is a deliciously unique chip-swing album packed with heart, quirk, and unabashed adorableness. This bright album takes swing and runs with it, folding the classic genre into the chip-sphere with a level of polish that will make you wonder how you’ve never heard music quite like this before.
Check out ‘Glory in my hands…’ and fall in love with a little chip-swing with YMCK!
Intricate simplicity best describes Tom Howe’s latest 7-track release ‘New Adventure‘.
‘New Adventure’ is the musical equivalent of “The Little Engine That Could“. The 7-tracks of Tom Howe’s latest album does a lot with a little, coming together for a solid collection that illustrates Tom’s creative progression since his release of several singles to Bandcamp in September of 2012. Check out “Semi-Mandatory Sorta Synthpop Edition” for a taste of Tom Howe’s electronic offerings!
There’s appeal in the lo-fi pseudo-grunge bass tones that serve as the foundation for the tracks album-wide, lifting ‘New Adventure’ up beyond the crisp, paint-by-numbers trap chiptune so often struggles to transcend. The music offered throughout ‘New Adventure’ has a welcome off-beat, organic composition that relishes its own experimentation and never outstays its welcome.
“0~deleteHistory?” launches ‘New Adventure’ off to a hard-hitting start with that aforementioned bass and layers on a gripping synth melody. Tom’s mindful manipulation of the pan adds significant immersion and freshness to ‘New Adventure’, most notably during “1~doubt“, a track that plays well against its own expectations to hold attention.
‘New Adventure’ as a whole maintains an experimental feel that shoves against the robotic limits of lo-fi chiptune music, infusing organic composition and often counter-intuitive melodic elements with surprising, heartwarming results. ‘New Adventure’ will be a welcome addition to your collection, and will definitely make you keep watch for more from Tom Howe in the future.
Tom Howe has a large discography on his Bandcamp site of over TWO DOZEN additional albums & singles for you to peruse once ‘New Adventure’ hooks into you. “Friens“, “WTF Is LSDJ?!“, and “ok” are highly recommended.
‘New Adventure’ by Tom Howe is deceptively simple, fulfilling, a welcome surprise, and is available on Bandcamp right now for “pay-what-you-want”. Go get it.
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