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Quick Looks

We’re no strangers to waking up with hundreds of Bandcamp emails in our inbox. Sometimes, vaporwave moves at such a breakneck pace, it’s nigh impossible to keep up. 

It’s our civic vapor duty to share the news when we uncover something great. These are quite a bit easier to produce than a full-length review, so when we have a few quick thoughts, look no further than a Quick Look.

Physical Reviews

One of the coolest corners of vaporwave lies in it’s physical media. And collectors love shoving their wares off.

And what better place to show off that passion? The physical section will explore some of the best cassettes, records, and more, from some of our favorite labels on the scene. We only hope we can put even half as much passion into our writing as these labels do with their incredible work. 

Classic Reviews

Some albums are worth talking about no matter how long it’s been. We don’t plan to do these too often, but when we do, rest assured, they will be albums our writers are passionate about. Yes, we’ll talk about Floral Shoppe. Eventually.

Got an album you’re dying to learn the story of? Shoot us a message on Twitter or Discord and let us know! We love vaporwave research!

Sep
26

Quick Look: Installation Disk by L a z u l i _ y e l l o w and Vivi Vulture

Quick Look Installation Disk BY: L a z u l i _ y e l l o w and Vivi Vulture Written by: C A S I N O  Published: September 27th, 2022   Released: July 23, 2022     Installation Disk is an album about installing an OS goddamn it, and I dare you […]

Sep
19

Quick Look: PARADISE​ပ​ေ​ါ​်​တ​ယ​်​PORTALs by Vįr+üål Åįrßñß & h º r ¡ z º n щ ¡ r e l e s s

Quick Look PARADISE​ပ​ေ​ါ​်​တ​ယ​်​PORTALs BY: Vįr+üål ÅįrBñB & h º r ¡ z º n щ ¡ r e l e s s Written by: Big Finger Ro   Published: September 20th, 2022   Released: August 18, 2021     Vįr+üål Åįrßñß & h º r ¡ z º n щ ¡ r e l e […]

 

Apr
05

Physical Review: I Dreamed Of A Palace In The Sky – Equip

Physical Review I Dreamed Of A Palace In The Skyby: Equip Written By: SlimeHand Published On: May 18th, 2022 Album released October 11, 2016     “Graphics So Real, You’d Swear You Were Dreaming” So begins the promise of Equip’s debut album, I Dreamed Of A Palace In The Sky. Thanks to 100% Electronica, we […]

Oct
30

Physical Review: 猫 シ Corp. Double Cassette Box: Palm Mall & アウディAudi

Physical Review 猫 シ Corp. Double Cassette Box: Palm Mall & アウディAudi Written By: Gbanas92 No Problem Tapes are one of the founding fathers when it comes to physical vaporwave media. Getting started all the way back in 2013, they are the progenitor of such classics as Palm Mall, the Fragmented Memories boxset, and夢の国 —and that’s […]

Jul
01

Classics Review: I Dreamed Of A Palace In The Sky – Equip

Classic Album Review I Dreamed Of A Palace In The Sky  by: Equip   Written By: SlimeHand Published On: July 5th, 2022 Album released October 11, 2016     How far can you break down a video game, into its bare essence? To the point that it can be reassembled and played inside your mind […]

Feb
14

Classics Review: prairiewave – FREECULTURE.API

Classics Quick Look prairiewave by: FREECULTURE.API Written By: ≋ABYSSYALL ≋◯≋ SEA≋ Published On: March 14th, 2022 Album released July 24, 2020     When people think about vaporwave, they often think about neon lights, busy malls, and city streets filled with rushing cars. The sounds of vaporwave often reflect our feelings about industrialism and commercialism, but […]

 

 

 

What Is The Point Of Reviews?

Some of you might be thinking to yourselves, what’s the point of all this? Why review music anyways? It’s all subjective! Well, sometimes it’s just really nice to read about an album you might not have known about or given a chance earlier. And it’s for the sake of the artists themselves of course. So many of these artists wear themselves ragged bringing us some of our favorite music. Our reviews will never be hit pieces. We want to celebrate the vaporwave scene as much as anyone else!

What’s more, hopefully as you start to familiarize yourself with our writing and writers, we’ll be able to start creating trust between you, the audience, and we, the staff. If an article is written by someone you find you share similar opinions with, it’ll be easier to trust and take their recommendations to heart. Who knows, maybe one day you’ll find a new favorite album just because you gave one of our lovely writers a few minutes of your time!

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 Full Length Reviews 

Sometimes a Quick Look’s not gonna cut it. Sometimes we have too many thoughts, or they’re simply too complicated to convey in one paragraph. This is where traditional reviews come in. We do our diligence, listen to the album on repeat, and share with your our thoughts on the experience, score and all.

 

Jul
31

Album Review: Platinum Phantom – Darien Shields

Album Review Platinum Phantomby: Darien Shields Written By: C A S I N O Published: July 31st, 2022 Album Released June 24, 2022     Ah, 1997. I was at the tender, innocent age of five, discovering the things that would influence me for the rest of my life, such as Power Rangers and mimosas. […]

Jul
08

Album Review: Blissful Days by days of blue

Album Review Blissful Days by: Days of Blue Written By: Soft Replica Published: July 8, 2022   Imagine you’re in a record store, aimlessly flipping through the crates. Through the sea of album covers, one in particular catches your eye: a nondescript, purple-tinged picture of a faceless figure in a hazy landscape. It seems like […]

 

 

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