Watch Out for Snakes recently dropped a new single, “Fight Those Invisible Ninjas,” and I’ve probably listened to it at least a few dozen times already if not more since its release. It’s very catchy, for one thing, with that patented chipwave sound which WOFS is known for as the track blends a unique balance between head-banging hardcore and head-bopping pop. Which makes sense, due in part to “fighting invisible ninjas” being a term for dancing in the hardcore scene; something I was personally unware of until I read a review of the song over on Synthpocalypse. Yes, I truly lived a sheltered life and have proven once again that I really know absolutely nothing about music.
Regardless, I do know that this song rules… for more than just one reason!
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Most people tend to respond with being able to fly, read minds, turn invisible, etc. For the longest time, my answer was rather tongue in cheek by saying that I wanted the ability to have perfect hair forever. Seriously, really, honestly, it’s hard as a mere mortal to keep my beard straight when I shave and I’m going bald to boot! But I digress, as I finally have a serious answer to such a question: psychometry.
Synthwave and cyberpunk often go hand-in-hand, or at least that’s the prevailing narrative, but I’ll be completely honest: I’m getting a little tired of the drab, dark, foreboding aesthetic of neon lights in rain soaked cities filled with technological marvels and atrocities, etc. Now I don’t mean to shame anyone with such an open admission of my own preferences, or how others use music as their own personal escape in turn, but I’ve been finding it increasingly difficult to listen to the cyberpunk subgenre of synthwave due to the fact that reality feels more cyberpunk than ever. I dunno, it’s just been hard for me to “escape” when the line is blurred between worlds; I can’t say I’m excited at all for Cyberpunk 2077 either.
So, what have I been listening to as of late? Well, if the “cyberpunk” subgenre of synthwave is its science-fiction then the subgenre known as “fantasynth” would be, as its name suggests, one that delves into the realm of fantasy. I know it could also be mispronounced as something to do with Fanta, the soda, but I’ll leave such a concoction up to a certain Twitter account. In any case, I can’t take the credit on the name “fantasynth.” In fact I only recently became aware of its existence through the tags at the bottom of the Bandcamp page for one of my absolute favorite synthwave artists: Paladin. If that name sounds at all familiar to visitors of this site, well, that’s because I’ve talked about them a bit before.
To which I’ll now talk about them some more…
Much like I did a month ago in the aftermath of the last Bandcamp Friday, I thought I would take this time to run down my purchases from this month!
Hey, remember when I said that I was going to start doing write-ups about my cassette tape collection? Good times! Well, happy days are here once again… Continue reading
I swear this isn’t just a love letter to
Who Ha Modern Knight’s song of the same title, although I do personally love it on multiple levels. It’s catchy, it expertly uses sound clips from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (aka the best movie in the series), and its title is actually something that I agree with beyond just being a tongue-in-cheek sentiment. To explain what I mean, let me tell you a story: Continue reading
Yesterday, July 3rd, was “Bandcamp Friday” whereby all fees related to Bandcamp’s cut of purchases are waived so that the artists get their full share.
While I have participated in all of these “Bandcamp Fridays” thus far, and have bought plenty of music during those events each time, for whatever reason I decided to take the time this go around to do a little write up on each of my personal purchases as well as gifts that I not only gave but received too.
As an aside, I’m also using this as a bit of a feeler going forward in terms of changing up my writing format in order to make it a bit more streamlined and easier to manage. Truth be told, I just don’t really have it in me as much to do full-blown articles and reviews so something like you’ll read below might become more commonplace. Maybe. Either way, check out all of these artists: Continue reading
Is this an album made up of ten really short songs or actually just one song that’s been chopped up into ten HitClip-sized snippets?
I DON’T KNOW!
It’s quite the “in your face” auditory experience, either way, in a world where most people don’t have the attention span to stop and listen to an entire album.
The Warhorse, therefore, dares you to take notice of such a uniquely “strange” experiment, that’s the length of one “normal” song, by proceeding to shove some real punk back into synthwave.
In my last post, about concept albums, I lamented how concept albums tend to adhere to being listened to all in one sitting rather than a “collection of singles” whereby most will just pick and choose as they go. That’s all especially true in this digital age, where playlists via such outlets like Spotify are all the rage; who really has time to sit down and listen to an entire album all in one sitting?
This thinking, at least as far as I’m concerned, is why I still love physical media. Continue reading