As we have noted before (and before that) (and even before that), 2012 is not only the year of vaporwave, but also the year vaporwave exhausted itself and transformed into something else entirely. While we are still only catching the barest glimpses of that new form in the process of being born, the ruins of the old forms are still haunting the internet. For a limited time, you can download three of the finest examples of the genre for free from the Bandcamp site of the Beer On The Rug imprint. Get a digital copy of 2011’s scene-defining New Dreams Ltd. by LASERDISC VISIONS, the gorgeous FLORAL SHOPPE by MACINTOSH PLUS (one of our mid-year favorites), or the compellingly bland 札幌コンテンポラリー by 情報デスクVIRTUAL.
All three albums are the work of the same mysterious artist, all three under the New Dreams Ltd. brand umbrella (itself a subsidiary of the even more esoteric Prism Corp.), and all three have been retrofitted with bonus tracks and subtly altered cover art. The new artwork is particularly cryptic, each collage having been inexplicably vacated by any trace of humanity, leaving behind empty museums, abandoned galleries, and barren cityscapes. Strangely however, the music continues to be piped in. Enjoy it while it lasts.
LASERDISC VISIONS’ New Dreams Ltd.:
MACINTOSH PLUS’ FLORAL SHOPPE: