Evaleigh – Emily with a V

Get ready for the chiptune rock mashup that will rip your socks off.  This pumped up action RPG in a can reminds me of lukHash a bit but (because of the mashup) but also at times reminds me of bands like Dance, Gavin Dance.  It’s like each song should be the battle theme for it’s own game…

This huge album encompasses over 2 years of the artist’s blood, sweat and tears and it spans from chip-metal to JPop, I mean this guy really went all over the place but maintained a distinct style all his own.

Personally I thought that some of the more metal/rock driven songs would have benefited from a vocalist. However, most of the songs stand so well on their own that introducing a vocalist would have only gotten in the way.  I still stand by it though a lot of these songs needed a vocalist as the inspirations were very rock and metal driven with chiptune added in like a flavor swirled soft serve ice cream cone.

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I did start to notice after a while the lack of any bass to help drive some of the underlying melodies that are normally present in Rock and Metal music.  Also in a lot of the songs the “chiptune” element would simply follow the main guitar, this isn’t a bad thing but I think that as he explores the chip side of music a bit more he’ll find new way to integrate it into his music.  This is much more obvious in his earlier work than his later stuff.

Also there is a such thing as too much of a good thing.  22 songs is a great accomplishment but after the first 18 I started to get… distracted and a little bored.  This isn’t to say it’s not good but I hope that in the future the albums are a bit easier to consume.  I like my albums in the 10-15 song range so that I can add what I like to my keeper list and move on.  After while I found myself hitting skip on something I probably would have liked.

 

Electric Children – Reanimate

One word… WOW.

So far in the month of August this is the best showing from an artist I’ve been able to find. It’s well put together an excellently executed. It’s really sad that this will be the artist’s last chiptune influenced work so I guess I’ll just have to enjoy it while I can.

Jack comeback your work is great man.

You can tell he used more than just LSDJ but the gameboy was well incorporated into FLS during song execution to provide the perfect blend of modern EDM and retro LSDJ.

 

Let’s Disinfect – Indulgence and Grace

A decent EP with some good tracks.

Wasn’t a fan of track one but “Beyond the Innominate Village” pulled me back from skipping the release entirely. “Ballet of the Chestnuts” has a weak lead which causes the bass to over power, which isn’t bad if your a drums & bass type of person. I got the distinct feeling that most of these songs didn’t know where they wanted to go like too much was going on in different directions with just enough there to hold it together. Indulgence and Grace epitomized this sentiment as the story the artist is trying to tell got lost much like the person in the story I guess. If you can get past the intro Cult of the Severed Head is actually one of the more coherent songs in the album.

This one might grow on me and the artist is good so I would recommend it. It’s one of those borderline recommendations though as there are some thing that stand out in the songs that really detract from the listening experience.

Chud011 – ZYXW

Skip track one, Allblack is sweet, New Song is cool but gets a bit long winded on it’s self, ZYXW bleats like goat on a boat (which means it’s good for some reason), the Bitemap Allblack remix drops pixelized bit of hotness everywhere (was that a Furby?) and finally the 4DBoy remix of Allblack belonged in my original F-Zero cart cuz it makes me wants to go FAZT, it even comes with real police siren SFX to make you feel like your being chased!

Joe Bleeps – Escape

This is artist shows a lot of promise. Hope to see more from him in the future.

The first four tracks are what really shined to me. That last one is pretty solid as well but the other three at the bottom were strange.