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Vapor Vertebrae 08-2015 Part A



Far Out






As always, our Glaswegian gentleman コンシャスTHOUGHTS doesn’t hide any sample, source or, well, thought from the listener’s attention, and it is the lattermost one that reveals whom this track is dedicated to, if only for reasons of inspiration: the famous duo of the Sandison Bros. called Boards of Canada, hailing from the very city Chris is a part of as well. Due to the vast discography – of both acts, I might add – I’m not sure whether this is the very first instance where コンシャスTHOUGHTS makes us aware of the inspiration, but Far Out would have been a great single without any given piece of information regardless. And it is made from scratch! Gorgeous synth halides during the anacrusis, a clave-accompanied beat that even comes close to a classic drum kit rhythm and a cautiously shimmy glitter lyco-pad make this anthocyanin-hued surface a mesmerizing affair. The percussion is more eclectic than one might think, only revealing its tawny clangs and bongo-driven underbrushes near the end when the main aorta fades out. This is no outgoing Funk critter, another one of Chris’ fortes, no: this is an introverted immersion circulator, lively enough to not become petrifying, but celestial due to the aquatic aura of every constituent.

Twitter: @ChrissyCray1





Brzywave feat. フレッドYOLO
Under The Moonlight






Although released in 2014 already, it is getting artsy now, and in a good way: Brzywave takes her boyfriend フレッドYOLO into the studio in order to envision a Portlandian night with clear skies above the megacity. Now busy with featuring other artists and creating exotic anime-centered music videos for their Artzie empire, there is the occasional angular momentum to be found amid the various curation tasks that covers the creative skills as well. Under The Moonlight is a short vignette of less than two minutes, intertwining a bubbliciously drip-dropping beat of apprehension with granular Rhodes rhizomes spreading all over the arrangement. Their principal texture is crystalline, the surface slightly grainy. This premise makes it possible for the half-tone steps and infinitesimal pitch shifts to occur which altogether boost and amplify the dreamy diorama of the night. Echoes and hall provide the orographic adjuvants to this plasticity. Under The Moonlight is certainly not created out of nowhere, but the original vision that serves as its placenta remains in the spotlight, is even sped-up despite the old Vaporwave trope of slowing everything down, or else it isn’t Vaporwave, you know that meme. Diaphanous magic and moony encounters even in slightly accelerated form: a perspicacious diamond.

Twitter: @brzwave  @freddyolo  @ArtzieMusic  @ArtzieExtras





OSCOB x General Translator






What kind of confession would you expect from Bedlam Tapes head honcho and frequent collaborator OSCOB aka Virtual Plaza Max in a V-powered song, given that he freely admits past mistakes he made during his lifetime by warning others to not adhere to these personal mishaps? If the US-denizen in Germany has anything to confess, it’s a few of his hidden monikers… if there are any, of course. In Confessions, he teams up with General Translator from Youngstown, Ohio, and both DREAM_100 artists make sure to create a shifty heatwave with this track. Not necessarily entirely Vaporwave-based, Confessions is quite fond of – but not limited to – two particular sentiments. The first one is the physiognomy of Ambient, clarifying ever-further that A and V shouldn’t be divided anymore. This immediately leads to the second sentiment: the perseverance of the hatched synths and colors. Confessions is an amethystine apocalypse, its paths bewildering. The synths themselves are solacing and provide thermal heat, but what use does this warmth have if the arpeggiated tone sequences and droning harmonies themselves are supercharged with portent and premonition? The second half becomes especially sinister as the duo adds ship horn-esque bone-crushing drones and steampunk-compatible notes to the mephitic stasis. Anthem or anathema?

Twitter: @Amoroticae  @VirtualPlazaMax





Digital Sex
Across An Ocean

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Lo-Fi lozenges, a molybdenized salt-encrusted yearning and a circumambience that oozes along without the aid of bubbly vesicles: enter Across An Ocean by Hudson, Wisconsin-based Digital Sex, probably best known for his collaboration with OSCOB on the bosky Ambient/Vapor blueprint OVERGROWTH. Being the seventh track from his album Insert Disc 2Across The Ocean doesn’t mandatorily work as a standalone track one might think, for the endemic arc of the album is obviously amiss in isolated form. However, this extrinsic factor doesn't deny the song its enchantment, as it is here within said ocean where oneiric visions and laid-back insouciance reach their purest form, with the omnipresence of consumerism completely amiss. It is only consequential that Digital Sex enmeshes a field recording of whitewashed billows with slowed-down and slightly warped twang of sun-kissed aureate nylon guitars. The feeling of Hawaiiana is in the air, but this is not one’s archetypal steel guitar, nor is it an equally chintzy ukulele. The slapped strings encapsulate hammock-friendly interstices, but some of their drumstick-accentuated chords emanate a curiously portentous ancillary meaning, making Across An Ocean an ultimately heterodyned grid.

Twitter: @DigitalSexual











The speleogenesis of Future Funk: コンピュータサイバー魂PC’86 – or PC’86 as a more eye-friendly abbreviation – lets us in on a hopefully amorous tryst with his single サイバーSECRET 『VHS蒸気波』which translates approximately into cyber secret (vhs steam wave). What the Occidental translation lacks in transparency and fine-tuning, the dualistic track delivers with an amalgamation of fibroblasts, letting this midtempo mica reciprocate between lift lounges, Mallsoft marbles and Funk fusillades. Launching with distant AM radio frequencies whose blurry existence is already protruded by MIDIlicious brass blebs, cascading electric piano helixes and a Mellotron chromaticity, サイバーSECRET VHS蒸気波』ventures on to severely enchant by graciously widening the frequency spectrum. Now everything bursts at the seams, with the tropical rainforest and carefree texture-and-melody compound being united in an atmosphere that is both fresh and dense, far and wide, enormously uplifting. Devotion, admiration and a sense of wondrous movement make this one a coruscating emerald that refreshes in summer and consoles during winter. With melodies this strong and textures so gleamy, who fears their enemy anymore?

Twitter: @peazy86



Ambient Review 445: Vapor Vertebrae 08/2015 [Part A]. Originally published on Aug. 5, 2015 at AmbientExotica.com.