A quick glimpse at chillwave.
Chillwave is a trend of electronic music that hit the streets hard around this time last year. The aim of chillwave is making chill music, to state the obvious. Chillwave artists are usually solo projects that sound like they were dug up from an 80’s time capsule. What is interesting about chillwave is that there are plenty of unique spins on the same genre. Here are four tracks from the most popular chillwavers out right now.
1. Memory Tapes - Bicycle
Memory Tapes (previously named Memory Cassette, and Weird Tapes, not even lying) despite having a obsession with cassette tapes, has a very clean, collaged sound, carefully layering his sounds into a tight mix. This song is most fit for a 80’s dancefloor.
2. Washed Out - Feel It All Around
Washed Out spends extra time living up to his name by making his sound and image appear as if they were “washed out” in production. His sound is more expansive and hazy.
3. Neon Indian - Terminally Chill
I think Neon Indian (formely known as VEGA) most accurately fits the concept of chillwave. He’s not overproduced like Memory Tapes or underproduced like Washed Out, he gets it “just right.”
4. Toro y Moi - Talamak
Toro y Moi injects a bit of soul and funk into an otherwise “white washed” chillwave sound.
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