While last year’s “TOKYO_DAYS” and “真夜中のJAZZ滑らかな心” hinted at more exploratory realms for “vaporwave” — perhaps what one might call a “progression” of sorts — coolmemoryz’ debut album, i S P I R I Tメディア「2 X 1 3 」, makes it harder to tell where you’re being taken, if anywhere at all. Rather than overtly thrusting the listener into some sort of transcendental mindfuck full of sonic detours and unprecedented noise blasts, i S P I R I Tメディア「2 X 1 3 」 confounds with 20 extremely short sample-based tracks with abrupt cutoffs/fades and awkward transitions, mirroring in part the disconnection and excess of modern-day living/simulating. At times, the effects employed are subtle, almost sublime (“s ス p プ i ラ r イ i ト t”); at others, they are downright violent (“H。D。ラヴァー”).
But while coolmemoryz (who played #spf420fest 2.0 last night [wow]) may be manufacturing pseudo-anachronistic sounds that are uncomfortable in a twitchy, unpredictable fashion, the end result sounds eerily compressed, parenthetical, and in control. Download the album and/or stream below.