Vaporwave - Post-Novelty Thoughts and Reception?
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As somebody who just happened to stumble into vaporwave (and as somebody who rarely, if ever, comes to /mu/), I wanted to discuss what you guys get from the vibes of the genre and what it communicates to you.
First off, favorite album in the genre? I say Underwater Mirage is fucking perfect.
From what I can tell, the entire point is taking that era of synth cheese that was transitioning between the hyper-poppy stuff of the 80's into the full bloom of electronic music in the 90's, where it got a lot of jazz and funk influences. With the latter two being a guilty pleasure of my own, I clicked right in to the genre and found it a delightfully disjointed trip down memory lane, tapping into my childhood's fear of the upcoming uncanny valley of "cyperspace" and the bullshit promise of an age of interconnection and prosperity. The music's a lot more wistful and slightly angry than one notices on a first listen.
A lot of the creators seemingly carry some staunch anti-capitalist message that I'm still failing to pick up on, though. Likely because I'm from a different era than they, I'm feeling most vaporwave as the clanking of the hollow bones of a bygone era of optimism towards the upcoming digital age, blown around by a feeling of being decieved and cheated. Something I can relate to, as a game developer-to-be (in training) who's feeling rather disillusioned at the moment.