Man! So glad to be back and posting regular #content now that my “Best of the Decade So Far” lists are over. Those were a big hassle, but I’m really glad I did them. It helped me rediscover some old favorites and really put on display some underrated records that I love, so it was all worth it.
To begin my return to normal content, I’ll be starting with my perfect night train soundtrack This is the first track from an expansive ambient release called 新しい日の誕生 (Google Translate tells me The Birth Of A New Day) and is the collaborative efforts of two “vaporwave” producers, t e l e p a t h テレパシー能力者 and Hong Kong Express. I haven’t paid much attention to the vaporwave movement since 2013, where it was largely dominated by pitch-shifted samples of 90s RnB, gargled self-help instruction audio, and lots of Chinese & Japanese technological culture references. This record, on the other hand, is pretty devoid of samples, minus the occasional Blade Runner-esque overhead speaker announcement, and is largely built upon slow, cascading melodies that inch along like holographic glaciers, like most ambient music should.
The first track, the one I’m posting here, is the most immediate and striking out of the bunch, as it features a muted bass line as well as some super ethereal piano and unintelligible mumbling at the beginning, as if only now you’re waking up from a life long dream; or maybe even vice versa. You’re entering the ideal dream world thanks to the assistance of futuristic dream setting drugs. Who knows? Thanks to the open-ended nature of ambient music, that’s up for you to decide.
As a whole, it sounds like the cover: dark, neon-lit, atmospheric, feeling raindrops hit your face, a slight gust at your back, the sound of thumping bass from a club a few blocks away from your house, the feeling of staring at your ceiling while lying in bed, watching the city disappear behind you by train, muscle regeneration after a long days work, running on 1 hour of sleep and an energy drink you had 4 hours ago, the feeling of having someone on your mind for an entire day, etc etc etc. A pretty interesting alternative reality.
Check it out below. Not Not Fun records will be putting out a cassette of this on August 15th, I believe, so you know your boy is gonna be picking one of those up for sure. Hope you enjoy.