It is funny how plans can be altered within a second. Originally, I was going to review something else.However, just as I was about to put fingers to keyboard, I got an email: ‘Paladin Shield’ had just released a new album; ‘Many Blessings’! ‘Hot damn’, I said as I spent more money on yet another album. Below are three tracks that I loved off ‘Many Blessings’ and why I think it’s top notch.
For this month I’ve been really busy with a variety of different chiptune projects, and so I’m doing a reblog of an Article I wrote back in early 2018. ‘Classic Mistake’ is a an artist I’ve only recently come across, beginning with a cover of 0F Digital’s, ‘Mesh’ and featured in ‘The Great Australian Barbecue Bash’ compilation. What I liked about ‘Classic Mistake’ is that he almost exclusively uses ‘Nanoloop 2.0’, creating some fantastic hooks which are reminiscent to early techno. ‘Geothermal’ is Classic Mistake’s first album released under ‘Cheapbeats’. Below I have selected three tracks that stood out for me of ‘Geothermal’.
Whilst everyone is engaged with the Chiptunes = WIN compilation over August, one of 2018’s greatest chip albums has just been released; ‘A Vision of Light’ by Canadian 16bit based band, ‘Villainest’. It’s been a while since their last album, ‘A Good Day to Try Hard’ was brought to my attention, much to critical acclaim. I reviewed it on ChipWIN, giving it high praise, also rating track ‘The Machine’ as one of my ‘Top 10 songs of 2017’. ‘A Good Day To Try Hard’ was a great introduction to an already incredible band, however it is nothing when to compared to their latest release ‘A Vision of Light’. How you may ask? Let’s find out through a few tracks that picked my fancy.
Welcome to a decidedly semi-spooky Friday the 13th edition of Office Hours! Along with the lovely fall weather, a very interesting album release has graced our digital doorsteps and I have the distinct pleasure of diving into it head first.
Myriad3 are a jazz trio formed in 2010, hailing from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Chris Donnelly (piano), Dan Fortin (bass), and Ernesto Cervini (drums) play straightforward, honest music in the modern jazz idiom. The players function very well as an ensemble, with each taking their turn as soloist or blending anonymously into the musical texture.
Myriad3 released their debut album ‘Tell’ in 2013 on ALMA records, an 11-track excursion into a variety of textures, infectious head tunes, and driving rhythms. Wait, what’s that? You, in the back with the anime shirt – you are wondering what any this has to do with chip music? I’m glad you asked! In September, Chris Donnelly finished arranging the entire album in 8-bit fashion and re-released the tunes under the title ‘Tell((chip))’. These are not simple tunes in straight 4/4 time, run through a cheap-sounding VST; these are entirely new versions of the source material, presented in exquisite detail.
A very merry month of May to one and all ChipWIN nation! April brought our community a bevy of great albums to explore, enough to easily keep an avid aficionado busy for quite awhile. In this tsunami of musical talent, I caught the full burst of Shawn Daley’s second volume of comic book inspired chipunk.
While Shawn has been honing his musical talents for over a decade, he exploded into view last year with the release of some exceptional 8bit covers of some of Bad Religion’s classic works.
Finally discovering his style, Shawn dovetailed his music with his additional love and talents in the comic arts. He began crafting original works inspired by the beloved graphic novels and comics lining his walls. He’s been releasing them in spurts via his Soundcloud account, compiled into volumes as they reach critical mass. The first volume, released in June, was a great showcase of his talent, blossoming wonderfully in his latest release.