Just as the month comes to an end, I bring to you a cool little surprise. Released on September 29, WMD is combining their ability to create atmospheric sound textures and presenting a record paired with straight up chiptune. It’s been quite a while since something like this has been released, and judging by the comments on their Bandcamp, I’m not the only one excited about it.
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.
When I started off writing articles with the Blog, I came across a west coast artist named WMD, and reviewed his release, ‘Entelecheia‘. A little less than a year later, I discovered his release, entitled ‘Hiraeth‘. Notorious for entitling albums with strong, morose, and sometimes unorthodox words, WMD named this album after a Welsh word that has no direct English translation. The only words close to it are words such as ‘longing’ and ‘homesickness’, specifically for a place that might not even exist. I have to admit that part of what draws me to WMD’s music is the sense of nostalgia and deep emotional connection that is tied into it, and I can’t help it. I’m drawn to things I have experience with, and can understand.
I love recording digging; it’s what I do to find something new to listen to, but like with everything in life, I’m picky. I get bored easily and obsess over the same few albums relentlessly — I’m selective with where I go and I do the things that I like. While I listen to a lot of music, it takes something special to really grab my attention. I’m generally drawn towards music that tells a great story, with sounds that catch my interest. I’m always trying to educate myself with what I hear, and when I was digging through the ChipWINdex, it was the score of ‘Do Not’, by Parallelis that caught my attention.
Hello! My name is Jamie Billings, AKA The Unicorn Princess. I’m really excited to review a pretty special album as my first entry with ChipWIN, and look forward to doing write-ups for other similarly unique chip/electronic artists in the future.
Greetings, everyone! New writer Chris Krogsgard here, ready to spread even more chip love to all you beautiful people and overtake Kuma and Kilpatrick as the most bizarre K-name on the blog. It’s an honor and a privilege to increase my involvement with one of the greatest communities of artists and fans on the planet here at the ChipWIN blog. I don’t plan on stopping until everyone around the world comes to love and appreciate chipmusic and all of the wonderfully varied styles contained within. Get comfy, it might take a while…
Less than two months after releasing the superlative ‘Melancholy’, ever-prolific WMD has graced us with a new EP. In the decidedly lo-fi ‘Songs About Ruby’, WMD employs rich, dark textures and a reduced emphasis on chip elements. What results is a deeply personal and evocative experience.
A searing soundscape reminiscent of Boards of Canada gives way to the subaquatic tones of ‘Ocean Dream’. The dreamlike atmosphere created here and throughout “…Ruby” is stirring and ethereal with a strong sense of longing. One gets the sense while listening that each song is a new and meaningful insight into the artists’ thoughts. In ‘We Were This Close’, bongos punctuate a warm groove and the interjected voice sample used is poignant.
The melancholic atmosphere adopts a broader, more cosmic tone near the second half of this EP. Headphone users are particularly rewarded with the pulsating vibes throughout ‘Deafening Whispers’, as well as majestic synth pads in ‘Where Are You Going’. The sonic imagery here evokes shooting stars and vast expanses, while the overall sound remains grounded and genuine. Each new track creates soothing waves of sound which lull the listener into a chilled and hypnotic state. It is the album finisher ‘Coastal Forest’, however, that reverberates and continues to seep into the subconscious. The expressiveness and sonic imagery contained within this track is such that you can sense the morning fog and the lone buoy in the distance.
‘Songs About Ruby’ has a forlorn beauty that absolutely must be heard. Its ambience encourages quiet introspection; no other chip artist leaves me feeling quite the way that WMD does, and he absolutely deserves your attention. Tightly focused and hauntingly expressive, his voluminous output has never suffered a dip in quality. This isn’t music that you just listen to, but rather music that you connect with.