Hello chiptunerds! It’s good to finally get back to ‘Four Small Songs’! I wasn’t able to post last month unfortunately, but that didn’t deter people from adding their music on the soundcloud group. This month has had some fantastic songs, so relax, put your feet up & enjoy some fine chiptune, circa 2016!
I’ve been feeling a bit down lately, chip citizens. Perhaps it’s these cloudy, gray skies here in London, England. I’m accustomed to a bit more variation, a bit more sun back where I’m from in the U.S.A. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind a little rain every once in awhile, and I like the mildness of the weather here; I’m certainly not a humidity fan. I’m just after a little change from time to time.
I sat down at my tiny hotel desk this dreary morning of Monday, August 24th to get to writing my monthly blog entry for ChipWIN with my current sensibilities, desires, and emotional state in mind. “Something different would be nice today,” I thought to myself as I began to peruse over the several sources I go to when finding my next would-be review.
Since the conclusion of our track-by-track breakdown of ChipWIN Vol. 4, we’ve been having to play catch-up here on the blog. Just a glance at the ChipWINdex reveals that this summer has been chock full of incredible chiptune releases. About 2 months ago, ‘Red Eyes and Gray Skies’ was released by Norwegian artist Laffe the Fox, whose name should ring a bell if you’ve been following our annual compilation albums. The feelgood party atmosphere of her Vol. 2 contribution, ‘Sloth Machines’, will never cease to put a smile on my face every time that I hear it. This trend continues with the release of her second album via the Russian netlabel, BleepLove. ‘Red Eyes and Gray Skies’ is a delicious slice of bitpop with some unique and unexpected flavors thrown into the mix. Featuring collaborative tracks with Rymdkraft, Super Robotic Encounters and Robot Orgy Massacre, these hypnotic hooks and catchy melodies are all set to burrow themselves into your brain.
Ever the procrastinator, (sorry, Chris and Hoodie!) I sat down just after the turn of July to figure out what exactly it was I wanted to review this month for my scheduled entry on the sixth. I had done a review of Brother Android’s Pastoral II just a few weeks prior, and, late last week, followed it up with an illuminating interview of said artist for my new podcast, the 8 Bit Road Trip. I left both of these experiences with a better understanding of a particular way of writing music, but I wanted to do something completely different this month. Browsing through the recent releases posted on The ChipWIN blog, I came upon ‘Space Force’ by Rymdkraft. I had seen the album advertised on Facebook previously, and decided to give it a go.