Posts Tagged ‘Jazzy’

Rhyphte Reviews: ‘Lachrymose Dreams of the Alchemist’ by Joe Swensen

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Hi everyone — I hope you’re all enjoying 2020, because we’re actually about to take a little trip back to December 2019, a time when everyone decided to drop their albums in a bizarre, chaotic rush to beat the clock on the new decade. Or was that just me? Projection aside, there’s a lot of great tunes to unpack from the climactic finale of the 2010s, so we’re gonna linger here a bit for me to shine the spotlight on a lovely, experimental EP from the equally lovely Joe Swensen!

Album art by the blog’s very own Giselle Llamas!

Formerly known as Turtle Beats, Joe’s been a formidable presence in the scene for a while, but they have recently launched into the forefront by their flawless execution of the “ChipWIN roster debut to new album to Chipspace showcase” true-combo we’ve seen play out plenty of times over the years! ‘Lachrymose Dreams of the Alchemist’ is a compact concept album packed to the brim with novel techniques in Joe’s lively, minimalist style. It’s certainly a must-listen for anyone brainstorming new directions for their next LSDJ project.

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Chip Bit Sid Takes On: Brick BRKer – ‘The Land Behind’

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This month’s review is ‘The Land Behind’ by Brick BRKer (AKA Neil Williams). While this was first published on ‘Chip Bit Sid’, after listening to it plenty of times, I decided to expand my review and include two more tracks. ‘The Land Behind’ is Brick BRKer’s 2nd release, created on LSDJ v6.8.2. According to Brick BRKer, ‘The Land Behind’ is a collection of tracks written over a period of 5 years. They are a record of growth, change and graduation in the Ozark mountains. Being someone who used to live in the countryside, I welcomed the approach from Brick BRKer. I enjoy constantly remembering memories through England’s Northern greenery. So without further ado, here are just a few tracks that I absolutely loved.

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Chip Bit Sid Takes On: Four Small Songs!

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Chiptune is not a place for the lazy man, with people all across the world creating astounding beats, either through retro hardware or invoking their love for nostalgia through modern equipment. Unfortunately due to the pit of music we all start in, the majority of all these songs sadly remain silent with only a handful of people listening to their glory. So because of this, I decided to start a Soundcloud group. A little vault where people can upload their hidden gems. From there, I select four awesome tunes that you wouldn’t normally hear.

So anyway, let’s get right into this!

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Stokin’ the Forge — ‘photographs’ by LoneMoon

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Welcome to the sunny June edition of Stokin’ the Forge ChipWINners! This month it is my distinct pleasure to present you with the chill-chip contained on LoneMoon’s latest album, ‘photographs’. As a whole, the music rolls across the ear soothingly, warmly encouraging a listener to kick back and let their troubles melt away. It pairs sublimely with anything that involves pretending the rest of the world doesn’t exist. Join me on the other side of the fold and we’ll dive into my favorite tracks.

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Stoking the Forge: ‘Summer Forever’ by King Keytan

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Can you hear those sleigh bells a jingling ChipWINners? Perhaps a ring-ting-tingling too? For those of us in the northern hemisphere, winter has begun to make its full force known.

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Yup. All that Winter.

As fond as I am of a seasonal excuse to curl up inside with good video games, ancestral quilts, and a hot cup of coffee, the charm of ice and snow wears off quickly. As such, when King Keytan’s latest release dropped into my lap in late November, the idea of ‘Summer Forever‘ was a serious temptation.

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