Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Chiptunes and Insomnia.

Happy Tuesday, oh nerdy world. I am sitting my bed thinking about how crappy I am going to feel come 9AM so I thought some casual musings would provide some beneficial distraction. I am not sure why I cannot fall asleep but why write about that when I can write about chiptunes. I have become a pretty big fan of chiptunes. It began with Anamanaguchi, probably the closest thing to main stream chip music, and now I search through blogs and bandcamps looking for the elusive chip musicians. Lucky for me this is not a very expensive way to spend my time as most people putting up their experimental music on Bandcamp are kind enough to throw on the name your own price button. I am not rich, but I can certainly shell out a couple of bucks to own a copy of someone's art, and I always do.
My most recent download was an album entitled "Get Olde" by what seems to be a new group going by the name Crying. I found them through a post by the Tiny Cartridge blog and after the first listen I was sold. While the music itself seem pretty straightforward for chiptunes (i.e. super awesome), the thing that caught my interest was the inclusion of vocals. Singers are a rarity among chiptunes, and given the nature of the genre it might make sense to exclude vocals. However, Crying's laid back vocal delivery on top of the chirps and beeps add up to a very nice package. Songs feel more like songs rather than monotonous repetition. The songs are poppy, but have a strong humanity to them. This really shines through on "Vacation". Give Crying a listen, they are hopefully part of a trend that will combine the musicality of chiptunes with lyrical expression. Also, here are links to their various social media outlets.

https://www.facebook.com/cryingband
https://twitter.com/cryingband
https://wearecrying.bandcamp.com/
http://wearecrying.tumblr.com/

On a side note, the elusive fake radio show Holographic Charizard may be beginning soon, Caleb and I just need to get our crap in order.

-Peter