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what the crap is chillwave? by v
December 12, 2011, 8:26 am
Filed under: 80s, New music, what the hell

In response to Steele’s comment last week about the douchily-named chillwave, I have delved into the wilds of the internet to produce this Wikipedian definition:

“Chillwave, sometimes also referred to as glo-fi, is a genre of music whose artists are often characterized by their heavy use of effects processing, synthesizers, looping, sampling, and heavily filtered vocals with simple melodic lines. The genre combines the larger 2000s trends towards 80s retro music and (in indie music) use of ambient sound, with modern pop, as in electropop, post-punk revival, psych-folk, nu gaze, and witch house.*

“…Often noted and associated bands and artists of the genre include Washed Out, Twintapes, Twin Sister, Neon Indian, Toro Y Moi, Small Black, Memory Tapes, Warm Ghost, Rosemary’s Babe and many others. Given that the majority of the chillwave bands are ‘bedroom acts’ without label contracts, they sell, stream, or most usually give away for free their music via Bandcamp.”

The easy answer is that if it sounds at all like “Eyes Without a Face,” it is in fact chillwave.

My general feelings about CW:
1. It soothes the brain
2. It is sort of druggy
3. It seems unsustainable as a genre, since it’s so specific. At the same time, I probably said similar things about reggaeton upon first hearing it — HOW CAN YOU POSSIBLY KEEP MAKING SONGS WITH THE EXACT SAME BEAT. And then there was Pitbull. So who knows.

*I refuse to comment on witch house.


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