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[Video] Pacific Plaza Releases new Eccodroid CDR

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Today, vaporwave producer and vocalist, Eccodroid releases Hologram Hex, a four-track album on 3” CDR format from Pacific Plaza Records. The release features a rainy and cool vaporwave vibe with original lyrics and vocals, a signature of Eccodroid’s style.

Hologram Hex opens with a A Thousand Missing Calls, a moody electronic piece augmented with thunder & rain samples where Ecco delivers an almost disaffected vocal reminiscent of Damon Albarn’s dead-eyed drawl. Fading carries the theme forward with a slow jam with a gentle bass line and ambient backings, topped with a reverb drenched vocal that drifts in an out of the spotlight. The third selection, Low Def, is built on a driving beat and a looping synth pattern, while the title track, Hologram Hex, closes out with groovy bass, some panned accents, and a nice buzzing synth solo after the first chorus. Other unidentified sounds tumble in and out of the mix like a ghostly bowling alley.

Overall, this release is a natural step in Eccodroid’s evolution, introducing new elements and techniques that play well into this thematic work, and presented in an artistic, collectible fashion with Pacific Plaza sensibilities.

Gray Lee

[Video] A Thousand Missing Phone Calls


New Releases Set a Spooky Mood for Halloween Night

Halloween and music are deeply intertwined, from horror movie soundtracks, to ghostly dark ambient vibes. Here are a few choice releases that can get your blood pumping, WHILE YOU STILL HAVE BLOOD!

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VHS GLITCH - “They Made Me an Animal

This synthwave concept piece is full of creepy fun, referencing all the great 80s horror film soundtracks, and supercharging them with aggressive beats. It’s got the scare vibes and chase scenes all strung together, with enough masks, knives, and buckets of blood to make you scream!

This is John Carpenter on a futuristic motorcycle, riding down a desolate highway at night, being chased by a massive, stop-motion animated winged beast.

https://vhsglitch.bandcamp.com/album/they-made-me-an-animal

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NEO LA - “Grave Wave Volume II”

(Neo LA)

Another entry in the great category of synthwave + Halloween is Grave Wave Volume II, a formidable follow-up to last year’s chilling Volume 1. This compilation pulls together a wide variety of artists who all have the same goal, to scare you to death, but in a stylish, retro way - with plenty of great synth patterns, thumping rhythms, and a smattering of fun horror samples & sounds. Hang your spiderwebs and carve the pumpkin, it’s time for the gouls to come out and play.

https://neo-la.bandcamp.com/album/grave-wave-vol-2

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FACEXHUGGER - “Sci-Fi Violence”

Although not strictly a Halloween themed release, this jammer by FaceXHugger is the real deal. Plenty of retro sci-fi horror sounds await in this fantastic release. Be frightened by the speed and ferocity of Day Walkers, or the creepy credit sequence formality of Ethos of Betrayal. And let’s not forget to mention this amazing cover art, which I would file, like this album, under ‘best of.’

https://facexhugger.bandcamp.com/album/sci-fi-violence

 

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FICTIONAL GIRLFRIEND - “The Hatred”

(Power_Lunch Corporation)

Dark vaporwave artist Fictional Girlfriend is at it again with another shadowy journey through a hell dimension. This release features a spooky concoction of disintegrated samples and pulsating rhythms that’ll have you looking around every corner for a jump scare.

https://powerlunch.bandcamp.com/album/the-hatred

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FAE & SEFFI - “Origin of Conflict”

(Girly Girl Musik)

This nightmarish descent into darkened regions of purgatory has got all the shadowy ambient overture and twisted synth madness you could hope for. It’s a new dead day dawning on a bleak landscape of horror and despair. Don’t miss it!

https://girlygirlmusik.bandcamp.com/album/origin-of-conflict

Gray Lee

333REDUX Elevates Collaboration to New Levels

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Creative dynamo and No Part of It label head, Arvo Zylo is constantly immersing himself in art, writing, and music culture. One of his most outstanding personal projects, 333, is a powerhouse of rhythmic industrial noise that pummels with it’s unending grit, while continuing interest with new emergence of detail around every corner.

After releasing 333, Arvo decided to invite a significant group of sound artists to take the original 333 material and reimagine it. With 33 artists signed on to collab, the project seems to have taken on a life of its own, becoming an entirely different beast than the original piece.

What these other artists were able to bring to the project was their own visions, and their own varied experiences - which temper the material in a unique way. The result is a surprisingly cohesive musical work that has a definitive vibe running throughout, while continually shifting the minute to minute details. There is a lot of experimentation here with noise as an instrument or a musical device, rather than using musical instruments or devices to create noise.

Worth the price of admission just for the titles, be prepared to have your ears gouged by ripping tracks such as the fuzz-infused electro freakout of Pretzel Days at the Stripper Nebula by AODL, Freakish child voice samples and lo-fi beats of One Two Eight Nine Six by Sudden Infant, or the half hour excursion into mechanical leaning drones and the mournful cries of dying organs of ZRMFXL by Bull of Heaven. Those are some highlights from what is a truly overwhelming work. In fact, this ‘REDUX’ release is so far removed from the original material that it stands separate and squarely above it in terms of scope, variation, and sheer vision.

There is a powerful sense of energy and rhythmic urgency in 333REDUX that permeates the entire runtime. I recommend enjoying this release in its entirety, in a listening setting. 333REDUX is available in digital format, or on DVD. The DVD version of this release adds contributors videos to the experience, and are printed on demand at No Part of It.

Gray Lee

https://nopartofit.bandcamp.com/album/333redux