For some time now I've really adored these guys. Paradise Freaks was dreamy, hypnotic and gorgeous. Aquadisco funky and spaced out. Vision Quest One: Spaceships Over Topanga Canyon is a total ambient freakout that has a FSOL/Boards of Canada style playfulness with oodles of atmosphere and synth tone. The combination of tropical vibe, ambient electronics, and solid groove is irresistible to me. Surprised they don't get mentioned here. The new one, Escape Hatch, uses a lot more adult contemporary style sax, but in an additive way that builds on their sound. More of that FSOL vibe from VQ1 too. This album feels like the aesthetic "vaporwave" was going for all along but never really achieved. I imagine this music being the soundtrack to a metaverse version of the tropics at night with lasers flashing in the night sky while the soft sound of waves wash upon the shore. Also their cover art is on point.
― octobeard, Monday, 21 November 2016 07:43 (one year ago) Permalink
Escape Hatch is lovely. 'Valparaiso' is a definite jam. These guys are underrated.
― Federico Boswarlos, Monday, 21 November 2016 15:44 (one year ago) Permalink
the edits and dj mixes are good, the og stuff... not a fan
― a but (brimstead), Monday, 21 November 2016 17:34 (one year ago) Permalink
you're wrong about vaporwave, btw
― a but (brimstead), Monday, 21 November 2016 17:37 (one year ago) Permalink
seriously, though, once they stopped sampling kenny loggins and player, it just lost whatver magic it had for me and became a couple of dudes painting with color combos i didn't like. fsol comparison is a good one, aural chihuly stuff, they never got through to me and i tried many times.
― a but (brimstead), Monday, 21 November 2016 17:41 (one year ago) Permalink
so basically, in my opinion
search: half of Ocean Trippinmost of Secrets Of The DeepVison Quest Onethe mixes
― a but (brimstead), Monday, 21 November 2016 17:44 (one year ago) Permalink
i really want to hear Desert High Sunset Mind and Tender Abyss
― a but (brimstead), Monday, 21 November 2016 17:48 (one year ago) Permalink
I like them. "White Horses" on the latest album is a trip.
It's pretty cool Pete Fowler's one half of the group.
Big fan of this remix on Deep Haul:
― afriendlypioneer, Monday, 21 November 2016 19:07 (one year ago) Permalink
XP Yeah, I think vaporwave is supposed to be more glitchy and digital in its repurposing of the 80's soft rock aesthetic, but the weird futuristic tropical visuals overlap with what I see while listening to stuff like Floral Shoppe.
It's pretty dreamy, tropical acid music, though. And honestly that style has a lot of lovers and haters. I'm a lover.
― octobeard, Monday, 21 November 2016 19:26 (one year ago) Permalink
whoa missed this
― brimstead, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 16:23 (four months ago) Permalink
I think this is secretly one of the best songs of the past decade
― boxedjoy, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 17:12 (four months ago) Permalink
New one with Laraaji due on June 15th.
Here's the first song they've released: https://open.spotify.com/album/4u6psSUQGuRKz7aIlVOAQW
― afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 29 May 2018 15:30 (three weeks ago) Permalink
New one hit Spotify today: https://open.spotify.com/album/498OdjmmvM8gzkWhGz29BS?si=RH-i4ZZvSKa6MaT1vbKo1w
― afriendlypioneer, Friday, 8 June 2018 16:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink
great news! These guys are so overlooked
― boxedjoy, Saturday, 9 June 2018 10:03 (one week ago) Permalink