As some of y’all may well know about me by now, I’m a huge fan of spaghetti western movies. Some of my favorite childhood memories involve watching these iconic films with my Dad or one of my Grandfathers. That said, while I sincerely love the flicks themselves, it’s their soundtracks that gripped and inspired me more than anything else, with Ennio Morricone ranking foremost in my mind among their composers.
That makes it all the more fitting that, today, on Mr. Morricone’s birthday, I’m announcing our latest themed compilation influenced by that very style!
THIS IS IT. We’ve come up to the last ten tracks of Volume 7, and I can’t begin to express the rollercoaster of emotion that was experiencing this album without being able to share the hype with everyone in our Discord channel during the release party.
Fortunately, I have a platform where I can have opinions regardless of how right or wrong I can be (thanks, Internet! <3), so without further ado, it’s time to jump into the first track on my list to cover!
Pixel Syndrome’s ultra fun entry to the V.7 art contest.
Hey, ChipWINners! Welcome back to Quick Shots, the album review column in which I break down some of the latest albums the scene has to offer then give a numerical tl;dr to help you determine if they’re worth your time. For this month’s edition, I have two highly intriguing records that are more subdued than anything I’ve reviewed this year. One is a short debut EP from an artist best known for his illustrations on tumblr and Youtube. The other is from a musician that combines traditional instrumentation and stirring vocals to craft somber, heartfelt folk music. Both offer work that’s rather converse for the time of year, as introspection is not often an emotion associated with the summer. This divergence from the norm, however, is what made me check them out, and I think you’ll find yourself wanting to, as well, as I was quite surprised with what I found. Let’s not waste any more time. Sit back, relax, and join me as I take the time to review music from newcomers Rod-Scorpion and Three-Year Day Job.
Sup y’all? =) President Hoodie here with the first of my beer and chiptune review columns in quite some time! I know, I know; you’re all wondering, “Brandon, what in the hell made you think to knock the dust off that ol’ thing and bring it back?” In a few words:
Shitty Miller Lite and Bud Melvin
Why Miller Lite? Who cares. It sucks (ratebeer.com actually gives it a zero lol).
The lengths I go to for chiptune journalism….
Let’s get on to the real reason for this article: the music. Specifically, BudMelvin‘s latest release, ‘CNTRY & NESTRNT’.
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.
Sup y’all? =) Hoodie here. You may’ve noticed I haven’t chimed in here on the blog too much as of late, which is largely because (1) I’ve been too gorram busy (SO many other project-y things to do!!) & (2) we’ve several other great writers contributing content to the blog now (FEELSGOODMAN). Thus it’s simply less necessary. =)
AND THEN THIS HAPPENED & STIRRED ME FROM MY SILENCE:
“West” is an AMAZING little two track gem penned by Disasterpeace & Derris-Kharlan that somehow snuck by me in the midst of all the December holiday crazy. In essence, it’s chipmusic with a spaghetti western theme (i.e. two of my favorite things in the entire damn world). I listen to these tracks and immediately envision an epic Sergio Leone flick penned by a modern day iteration of Ennio Morricone that happened to grow up with a Nintendo! It really doesn’t hit much harder in my wheelhouse than this goodness.
Even if spaghetti westerns aren’t your thing, the excellent production & wonderfully creative compositional style of these two songs is undeniable. And you’ve got a significantly different variation of the theme on each track, represented by the opposing titles of the two western ballads, “The Sheriff” & “The Outlaw”. It’s as if the songs themselves are gearing up for a shoot out to determine which is more awesome. Seriously y’all, it doesn’t really get any more fantastic than this.
OR INCREDIBLY BADASS.
Now if only there were more chipmusic with a spaghetti western flavor. Hmm….