Every month that I write these blog entries, I can’t believe how quickly the year flies by. Up in New York City, we’re partly settled into fall; the leaves are barely starting to change colors, and the weather can’t seem to make up its mind. I’ve always regarded autumn to be a time of renewal, and the soundtracks I listen to during this time of the year tend to remain the most nostalgic to me throughout the year. That being said, we have been blessed with a new WMD album, entitled ‘Reminisce’ and I do believe this one will stay with me in future seasons, taking me right back to the memories of this October.
Welcome to the final Sladerfluous Reviews of two thousand and sixteen ladies and gentlemen!
This year we’ve explored newcomers and veterans, official soundtracks and original indie fare. Endeavouring to highlight albums and works that deliver inspiration, authenticity, skill, and entertainment is our unending task here at Chiptunes = WIN.
Hopefully you have found a new favourite or two through the Sladerfluous catalogue, but as 2016 draws to a close, let’s take a look back at the defining tracks from this year’s Sladerfluous Reviews!
R. Morgan working hard w/his doggo companion on 2016 blog reviews.
‘C:\>CHKDSK /F’ by MASTER BOOT RECORD is, in a word, beautiful.
Individually, the sounds and tones employed by MASTER BOOT RECORD could be lazily considered harsh, hardcore, heavy, or metal. Make no mistake, I am not making the claim that they aren’t these things. I am imploring that you look deeper. Together, they twist and compliment in ways that are intrinsically beautiful in the most complimentary use of the word, offering an expectedly intense album that unexpectedly oozes grace and allure.
Delve into the full review below and drink in ‘C:\>CHKDSK /F’ by MASTER BOOT RECORD…
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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