Timing is everything. Vaporwave started hanging low on the floor of the Internet around the same time that I began working my life’s first and only corporate retail job. Listening to the same 25 songs, carefully hand-picked to heighten the shopper’s experience, on repeat on all day is both maddening and enlightening. When the pop sheen has worn off, shallow music can become infinitely complex, and trends prevalent in genres like noise and drone can be underneath the simplest, most approachable melodies and rhythms.
Bob Bucko Jr. seems to understand this in "You, Before the War". The album’s four tracks, as a whole, explore the depths of the 80’s and 90’s instrumentation of new age and world music comprising the muzak genre with which vaporwave was so obsessed, much the same way Oneohtrix Point Never's "R Plus Seven" did. Mid-fi synth melodies phase in and out over simple drum machine beats as Bucko filters everything subliminal about the muzak genre through his well-honed sense of psychedelica.
released March 7, 2015
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