i know everybody else has already forgotten abt it but can we have one chillwave thread that isnt entirely ¡LOLwave! or w/e

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i like this


plax (ico), Tuesday, 10 August 2010 20:51 (seven years ago) Permalink


scott seward, Tuesday, 10 August 2010 21:08 (seven years ago) Permalink


cozen, Tuesday, 10 August 2010 21:11 (seven years ago) Permalink

if washed out are chillwave, they're really nice. and memory tapes too? what are the criteria here? do studio or manual get in on this?

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Tuesday, 10 August 2010 21:11 (seven years ago) Permalink

i also like this bc it has a saxamaphone in it


plax (ico), Tuesday, 10 August 2010 21:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

shit i didnt actually mean to type saxamaphone

plax (ico), Tuesday, 10 August 2010 21:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

but yeah i guess not?

plax (ico), Tuesday, 10 August 2010 21:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

don't know how chillwave pearl harbor are but i <3 their EP

kshighway61 revisited (electricsound), Tuesday, 10 August 2010 23:37 (seven years ago) Permalink

liking this guy, kind of a mix of lo-fi r'n'b and what my housemate described as "save africa music".



max arrrrrgh, Wednesday, 11 August 2010 00:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

ban plaxico

"tsunami of chihuahuas" (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, 11 August 2010 02:40 (seven years ago) Permalink

That How To Dress Well track is ok, but the only thing R&B about is the sample's sample source.

fuck ya law! (Spinspin Sugah), Wednesday, 11 August 2010 04:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

I'd rather dance than chill, personally...

fuck ya law! (Spinspin Sugah), Wednesday, 11 August 2010 04:51 (seven years ago) Permalink

yeah how to dress well are also great, i <3 that video for decisions

plax (ico), Wednesday, 11 August 2010 11:12 (seven years ago) Permalink

came here to complain there was no lamp post btw!

plax (ico), Friday, 13 August 2010 21:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

haha cant shake these chill vibes bro. srsly wish the 7" version of ar kane's "when your sad" was up on youtube - seminal imo.


really like this dude (?) + feel like 'chillwave' is better/cooler/more meaningful when its kinda gauze-y + grasping rather than like "lol super nintendo" or w/e. nostalgia as absence, innocence as loss.


also kinda obsessed w/ this ever since sum1 used to close out a RA podcast - not really chillwave obv but i think its gr8.


<3 this - thinking about the connections btw like 80s dreampop 'twee' + minimal synth use of tone/space + chillwave youth/summer obsessions


still how many chillwave trax are just a churlish prematurely processed version of this song???? looken @ u tori y moi.


i guess this like p old now but i still think its better than almost anything else. love how 'big' it is but still beset by all the same anxieties - chillwave w/o inverted commas????

super sad true lamp story (Lamp), Saturday, 14 August 2010 02:22 (seven years ago) Permalink


plax (ico), Saturday, 14 August 2010 02:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

lol @ me idk... feel like theres a legit story/narrative/case to be made in defense of chillwave its preoccupations and its aspirations. have to think about it more, probably.


super sad true lamp story (Lamp), Saturday, 14 August 2010 02:33 (seven years ago) Permalink

historicizing chillwave w/ lamp

plax (ico), Saturday, 14 August 2010 02:36 (seven years ago) Permalink


plax (ico), Saturday, 14 August 2010 02:39 (seven years ago) Permalink

lovin' your youtubez, lamp

Z S, Saturday, 14 August 2010 02:40 (seven years ago) Permalink

haha when i was going thru my cds this summer i remembered how much i loved "young prayer":


needs more synthesizers obv

super sad true lamp story (Lamp), Saturday, 14 August 2010 02:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

yah 5 is the best

plax (ico), Saturday, 14 August 2010 02:47 (seven years ago) Permalink

wonder if chillwave bros ever listen(ed) to saint etienne's http://www.discogs.com/Saint-Etienne-Avenue/release/8493? no youtube but "paper" in partic is kinda proto-chillwave if a little slow + clean.


kinda wonder y so few chillwave bands have girls in them???

super sad true lamp story (Lamp), Saturday, 14 August 2010 02:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

that is not a st etienne song?

plax (ico), Saturday, 14 August 2010 02:57 (seven years ago) Permalink


plax (ico), Saturday, 14 August 2010 02:59 (seven years ago) Permalink


plax (ico), Saturday, 14 August 2010 03:00 (seven years ago) Permalink

yah sorry "paper" made me think of "avenue" which made me think of "100,000 fireflies" which made me think of chillwave. the sadness/loss in chillwave is buried deeper but then everything kinda is - still dreams of escape simple and muddied~~~ given a 'wash' it could be chillwave imo? idk...


super sad true lamp story (Lamp), Saturday, 14 August 2010 03:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

i get u

plax (ico), Saturday, 14 August 2010 03:04 (seven years ago) Permalink

that omd song is fantastic!!!

lol im p sure theres a pale saints song that sounds really similar to this ducktails track:


but i cant remember which one it is...

super sad true lamp story (Lamp), Saturday, 14 August 2010 03:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

i dig that ducktails disc. that's "chillwave"?

Daniel, Esq., Saturday, 14 August 2010 03:08 (seven years ago) Permalink

arthur russell never gets blamed for chillwave


plax (ico), Saturday, 14 August 2010 03:11 (seven years ago) Permalink


this sounds as much like nostalgia for my suburban american HS in the '80s to me as anything else

plax (ico), Saturday, 14 August 2010 03:22 (seven years ago) Permalink

idk im not as good at this as u

plax (ico), Saturday, 14 August 2010 03:24 (seven years ago) Permalink


plax (ico), Saturday, 14 August 2010 03:52 (seven years ago) Permalink

now thats not remotely true~~ (xp)

i dig that ducktails disc. that's "chillwave"?

yah - s.thing like "parasailing" is obv closer to the chillwave platonic ideal than that track but theyre def w/in the 'framework' imm.


fwiw stuff like this which is on the more annoying + appropriative end of what i think of as chillwave does remind me a little of that nachtstrom album altho its less about reimagining than just "taking"


have u heard any emily reo plax???? she release(ing?) a tape on breakfast of champions that i really like. but it does make me think of those microphones records (i may be the only person alive wholl still cop to liking those...)

i think i like chillwave that sounds like calvin + hobbes @ their most contemplative and insecure

╟╨╥╢╟╫╢╟╥╨╨╢ (Lamp), Saturday, 14 August 2010 03:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

oh man the microphones were totally chillwave

but phil elvrum as a producer is more like deerhunter-style spectorism

I.C.P. Freely (bernard snowy), Saturday, 14 August 2010 03:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

also lamp I luv u for the AR Kane reference upthread, good call man

I.C.P. Freely (bernard snowy), Saturday, 14 August 2010 03:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

How To Dress Well is amazing live. His voice sounds really good not annoyingly over distorted all the time.

Duran (Doran), Saturday, 14 August 2010 08:39 (seven years ago) Permalink

of all chillwave-related artists, I think that Chaz Bundick (Toro y Moi / Les Sins) is way underhyped, while his tracks often are great, whether he does french touch:
(this one is a straight Stardust reference and I believe I posted it somewhere before, but the hell with it, there's never enough of quality french house)
whether he plays his guitar:
or whether he does more "traditionally" electronic chillwave stuff

I've seen him live a week ago and it was fun too

V79, Saturday, 14 August 2010 10:21 (seven years ago) Permalink

(sorry for a wall of yts, at least they're not bad songs after all)

V79, Saturday, 14 August 2010 10:23 (seven years ago) Permalink

god someday i need to hear this nachtstrom guy

plax (ico), Saturday, 14 August 2010 10:40 (seven years ago) Permalink



plax (ico), Saturday, 14 August 2010 10:44 (seven years ago) Permalink


plax (ico), Saturday, 14 August 2010 10:54 (seven years ago) Permalink


plax (ico), Saturday, 14 August 2010 12:29 (seven years ago) Permalink

^^^ lol own that record too...



more classic chillwave moments in movie history:


now for some euro chillwave:


╟╨╥╢╟╫╢╟╥╨╨╢ (Lamp), Wednesday, 18 August 2010 03:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

that last track may have more to do w/ post-justice frankendance or w/e but i think it still fits okay w/in the chillwave ~idea~

or is anything thats 'danceable' automatically stop being chill? idk...


╟╨╥╢╟╫╢╟╥╨╨╢ (Lamp), Wednesday, 18 August 2010 03:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

I dont really get how most of this stuff differs from twee indie of the last 20 odd years.

straightola, Wednesday, 18 August 2010 09:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

this feels like it belongs here


private parts & labia (electricsound), Thursday, 2 June 2011 23:14 (six years ago) Permalink

^jonas reinhardt remixing cut copy

it's awesome

private parts & labia (electricsound), Thursday, 2 June 2011 23:15 (six years ago) Permalink

I quite like Jonas Reinhardt and that remix is great. Thanks for posting that.

van smack, Thursday, 2 June 2011 23:37 (six years ago) Permalink

have u heard this album belong - common era
its mb more darkwave or something than chillwave but really beautiful & good, the vocals are breathy & lush though not evil at all. apparently they have been around for a while making ambient stuff, some long moments of that. there might be a million albums of stuff that sounds just like this (esp today) but, i haven't heard it. kind of perfect very simple, so few constituents & a really constant but deep movement thruout

flopson, Thursday, 9 June 2011 19:14 (six years ago) Permalink

i think i might have given a cursory listen 2 the belong album a few months ago but if i did it failed to leave much of an impression. will give it another go since its on my hd

flopson have u heard the grimes chicks stuff? is she big in mtl?

ideas are death (Lamp), Thursday, 9 June 2011 21:38 (six years ago) Permalink

i do like grimes stuff, i bought a cdr a while ago that is pretty good cant seem to find it. only time i hear chillwave atmospherically here is on the pa at the loft where i first saw her, & seems to be more & more going on there lately. sounds more like 90s trip hop to me than most stuff here. my fav local chillwave thing is d'eon, sometimes pretty clubby & silly, 90s house, breakbeats, some of its close to the starsling stuff upthread

flopson, Monday, 13 June 2011 15:57 (six years ago) Permalink

ive only heard a coupla d'eon trax but i liked their knew-age atmosphere. yeah grimes isnt really 'chillwave' but you were here & i was here & the only other darkwave threads are like hysterical whinegasms w/ ALL CAPS SARCASM soooo

Lamp, Monday, 13 June 2011 18:43 (six years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

time wharp - 1992


really feeling this guys stuff lots of interest in the intersection of memory/technology. some of his more recent stuff is p abrasive but i think this song is kinda ~pop~

ghost mountain aka stephen farris - eye rings


dude has a new vhs out (!!) but this is still my favorite thing hes done that ive heard~ kinda in line w/ that star slinger/clams casino/true panther sounds playing with breakbeat thing. not really exceptional but its fun

john maus - believer


still not sure how i feel about this record but this song is a total jam. actually have been thinking about it a lot but idk

google butt (Lamp), Monday, 4 July 2011 19:03 (six years ago) Permalink

don't know if this guy fits in here but he's friends with john maus on myspace?


no fear, Tuesday, 12 July 2011 07:40 (six years ago) Permalink

like the john maus it's like joy division meets neu 86

no fear, Tuesday, 12 July 2011 07:42 (six years ago) Permalink

john maus has been mentioned by so many people whose taste i find terrible that i am flabbergasted it is not completely awful, that song above is quite good indeed

oh shit a behringer (electricsound), Wednesday, 13 July 2011 00:05 (six years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

this band vondelpark i've been loving them like a lot. I feel like i want to start a thread about them but they've just released a couple of things. they live just up the road from me in peckham apparently but they have this shrouded in tumblr internet-absence thing going on so I dont actually know what they look like or anything. this song reminds me of staying up to watch movies on tv at my parents house during the summer holidays. like when the house is quiet and dark but everything feels close and humid. it feels bleary eyed and yearning. Its feeding into the feelings i'm having about this summer a lot and in a way i don't think i can articulate right now.


℗⎣▲✘ (ico), Thursday, 4 August 2011 18:37 (six years ago) Permalink

i thought it was just one guy?

hardcore oatmeal (Jordan), Thursday, 4 August 2011 18:50 (six years ago) Permalink

mars waters - where the sun sets


i guess 'surf rock' is kinda a big thing now but its p subtle here, just a steady and wistful thud, feel like this spots the comfort and wonder in being 'totally generic'

borden, ferraro, godin, nalo & lopatin - twilight pacific


space and time are two different things ooooh space and time are two very different things...

pedro magina - kickflip


have i posted this before? this tape is one my fave things so far this year, squelchy and mournful synth jamz layer on layer

funky house sceptics, let me draw your attention to this (Lamp), Friday, 5 August 2011 01:15 (six years ago) Permalink

Pedro Magina tape is on Spotify (shockingly):


Badmotorfinger Debate Club (MFB), Friday, 5 August 2011 01:26 (six years ago) Permalink

Why do Ford & Lopatin get tagged as chillwave? I seriously dont' understand that at all.

Clarke B., Friday, 5 August 2011 15:08 (six years ago) Permalink

this probably is more of tumblr post but its origins are in ilx so:

i've been thinking a fair bit about the discussion/argument that i had w/ whiney on i guess another thread about the value of 'chillwave' & particularly about the way 'nostalgia' functions as an important emotional and aesthetic throughline w/in the 'genre'. upthread i ref'd lovecraft saying 'the past is real. it's all there is' & i think this is vital to understanding in large part whats attractive/'relevant' about chillwave/the larger cultural moment. like i was reading robertson davies today and he was saying something about how 'history is the way we make sense of the present' but how do we make sense of a present that is largely indistinguishable from the past?

this evening i was djing a party where they wanted '90s classics' and it was both disconcerting and unremarkable to see ppl barely out of their teens dancing along to mid-90s house classix; there was little to no divide btw the people who might be old enough to remember the songs i was playing fondly & the people for whom these songs should have little personal/historical meaning... isnt one of the consequences of technology to help divorce cultural artifacts from history? or put another way: if i still have access to the cultural products and ephemera of my childhood via youtube, torrents, ebay &c &c isnt my affection/consumption of them essentially present-tense?

i mean plax has been smarter/more eloquent about this but i think the more retro-steeped parts of 'chillwave' are partly about confronting a past that constantly surrounds us and dealing w/ the difference in emotional states btw 'then' and 'now'. or more clearly in talking about how the past never leaves us both emotionally (we still have access to those memory/feelings) or culturally (i still hear/see those songs/vidz) it makes explicit how pervasive our personal histories are, and how lonely that feels. taking the new washed out record for example i think you can hear this lack of delineation btw modern/historical - the music doesnt really seem to speak formally of any specific moment in time while also sounding vaguely 'dated'. but also taking the lazier, more direct signifier type of thing e.g 'i named my band MIRCO MACHINES remember MICRO MACHINES' this is also a kind of confirmation, of course i remember micro machines, i could buy them on ebay if wanted, theres no mystery or distance but a basic affirmation. i think whiney would probably scoff at this but when our shared culture is so fragmented that kind of confirmation, that we exist at the same time, is kinda valuable/meaningful?

i quoted proust too itt but this isnt about creating madelines but about erecting signposts in a time when memory and experience are almost interchangeable. & this all comes back to my posts about anxiety, in this equation the future stands resolutely outside our xp but the past is perfectly ours, knowable and controlled. so it becomes a refuge.

Lamp, Sunday, 7 August 2011 07:22 (six years ago) Permalink

idk thats pretty convincing but im not sure "the past is perfectly ours" i think the fraught knowability/unknowability of the past is central to how i grasp this whole thing. like the pieces are there but you can never put them back together again.

℗⎣▲✘ (ico), Sunday, 7 August 2011 18:55 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah i think your right i was p drunk when i wrote this, not that i dont stand behind the central idea but its not totally coherent... there are tensions i guess btw the past as lost eden and the past as slave to the present, thats part of whats driving the music really

Lamp, Sunday, 7 August 2011 20:29 (six years ago) Permalink

man vondelpark is p great - really into 'california analog dream' its kinda like a mid 00s indie rock song stretched taut and irradiated

Lamp, Tuesday, 9 August 2011 06:26 (six years ago) Permalink

i dont where else to post about this but ken seeno's tape on nna 'invisible surfer on an invisible wave' is so fucking great just these incredible expanses of synth and space but firmly rooted in the 'natural'. i guess it probably belongs on the knew age thread but i like this thread better and knew agers are just chillwavers in the morning anyway

ç(° ·· °)ↄ CRUEL HAND OF FATE O YEAH █▬▬ (Lamp), Thursday, 18 August 2011 01:03 (six years ago) Permalink

wet wings - feeeel it

first track off a superlimited tape on atelier ciseaux this kinda feels like a skeleton take on pastoral moanwave but then the drums come in halfway through and it starts to hit harder and the girls voice sounds like wind in the grass

melted toys - lost connection

probably not the best song on their ep but i like how much of a pastiche this particular song is the heaviness of the affections make it seem kinda rootless a bristol board collage of montone dreampop and euro influences

god hates fats (Lamp), Friday, 26 August 2011 05:35 (six years ago) Permalink

this evening i was djing a party where they wanted '90s classics' and it was both disconcerting and unremarkable to see ppl barely out of their teens dancing along to mid-90s house classix; there was little to no divide btw the people who might be old enough to remember the songs i was playing fondly & the people for whom these songs should have little personal/historical meaning... isnt one of the consequences of technology to help divorce cultural artifacts from history?

That's it right there. Good music is good music. Young people aren't supposed to be able to recognize and enjoy good music? The whole cult of the new, and the obsession with timeliness is imo, a strange type of insanity promoted by journalists who are taught to think only about the news.

the wheelie king (wk), Friday, 26 August 2011 06:12 (six years ago) Permalink


^^ recommended

some derp (Lamp), Wednesday, 7 September 2011 03:11 (six years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

in honor of both plax AND gr8080 posting on ilx again today:

blackbird blackbird - letting go


darius - maliblue


summer camp - why don't you stay


quilt - penobska oakwalk


808 Police State (Lamp), Tuesday, 15 November 2011 04:04 (six years ago) Permalink

also for any interested parties reading this i wanna rep hard for the s/t quilt lp on mexican summer. its p squarely post-anco but its so winsome and shimmery u cant really hate.

808 Police State (Lamp), Tuesday, 15 November 2011 04:18 (six years ago) Permalink

sounds like incredible string band!

lloyd banksfein (flopson), Tuesday, 15 November 2011 06:17 (six years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

has anyone unarchived the sandbox thread?

that cough cool is great

flopson, Sunday, 22 January 2012 20:53 (five years ago) Permalink

cough cool suffer from putting out too much stuff - their best tracks are really good, but they've released quite a bit of junk too. tbf most of the junk was free.

bro-one (electricsound), Sunday, 22 January 2012 21:52 (five years ago) Permalink

i think there should be a new thread

judith, Monday, 23 January 2012 16:50 (five years ago) Permalink

a new era of chill

judith, Monday, 23 January 2012 16:51 (five years ago) Permalink

rolling off to the forest 2012

i was a preteen blogger (Lamp), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 02:47 (five years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...


this is where we post triphop now right?

dsb, Saturday, 18 February 2012 04:58 (five years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
one year passes...

vive le chillwave!


Treeship, Friday, 9 January 2015 04:49 (two years ago) Permalink

last year's Eleventeen Eston album is really nice


brimstead, Friday, 9 January 2015 05:55 (two years ago) Permalink

treeship, i don't know, i didn't get a chillwave vibe from that gypsy and the cat tune, apart from the treatment of the vocals maaaaybe, just seemed to have that same peter hook new order sound that is like the main fucking hallmark of most generic indie pop/rock imo

marcos, Friday, 9 January 2015 16:28 (two years ago) Permalink

i always thought g&tc were on some anodyne washed-out new order/fleetwood mac thing but i've only ever heard them in the dentists office

don't ask me why i posted this (electricsound), Friday, 9 January 2015 21:40 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah, i think "anodyne washed-out new order/fleetwood mac" is a good description for most mass market chillwave. there were a few great chillwave acts but there was also a flood of generic "chill" acts -- both synth and guitar-oriented -- and i think those are also part of the movement. i heard this g&tc song for the first time at shake shack.

Treeship, Friday, 9 January 2015 21:42 (two years ago) Permalink

song blows

classic thread

flopson, Friday, 9 January 2015 21:51 (two years ago) Permalink

shit i didnt actually mean to type saxamaphone

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life is hected (rob), Friday, 9 January 2015 21:58 (two years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

ha i didn't realize that the beach boys' "all i wanna do" is considered proto-chillwave.

jaymc, Saturday, 4 April 2015 04:53 (two years ago) Permalink


Woah that is uncanny!

©Oz Quiz© (Adam Bruneau), Saturday, 4 April 2015 06:15 (two years ago) Permalink


Always thought this was proto-chillwave too. "Magic" by Mick Smiley, from the original Ghostbusters movie.

©Oz Quiz© (Adam Bruneau), Saturday, 4 April 2015 06:16 (two years ago) Permalink


scott seward, Saturday, 4 April 2015 12:13 (two years ago) Permalink

that beach boys thing really is kinda amazing. i haven't listened to that album for years.

scott seward, Saturday, 4 April 2015 15:46 (two years ago) Permalink

it sounds like a new cass mccombs single! i mean even that hazy production is so perfect.

scott seward, Saturday, 4 April 2015 16:03 (two years ago) Permalink

I've often thought of Feel Flows as also being Proto-Chillwave, but it might be closer to Proto-Hypangogic Pop.

Meanwhile, on Wikipedia...

MarkoP, Saturday, 4 April 2015 17:53 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

idgaf about the rest of his output but those two washed out tunes "a new theory" and "feel it all around" from a few years ago are prtty good imo

marcos, Thursday, 7 May 2015 21:50 (two years ago) Permalink

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