Coming to you all on this Thursday loaded up on EmergenC and Zicam. My crazy bust schedule this past month has finally got the best of me, and I’ve had a cold all week. I prided myself on not being sick in over 2 years – I haven’t had so much as a runny nose since 2016. But here I am, realizing that I can’t do everything in life, and my body is telling me to slow down, which I’m not mad about. The only problem is, ACL is this weekend, and my sister is coming in to town for it, so I cancelled all of my plans this week so I could get as much rest as possible before Friday. Hopefully it works, and I’m good (enough) to go tomorrow. Fingers crossed!
I’ve been wanting to share with you guys my Vaporwave playlist for a while now, but because of my sickness this week, I had to put it off until today. A few months ago, I was listening to a chill EDM playlist on Pandora, and a song by Timecop1983 came on. I had never heard anything from them before, and it was a completely new sound for me. So I immediately went on to Spotify and listened to their whole album, and I was hooked. I posted about Timecop1983 on my IG stories, and one of my friends messaged me and told me that Timecop1983 is part of a genre called Vaporwave.
Vaporwave is an underground genre of electronic music that takes the sounds of the 1980s and turns them into electronic dance tracks. The theme behind this entire genre is centered around a satirical take on the pop culture of the 80’s. Before I knew what the genre was called, I classified this music as electronic sounds with a side of Stranger Things, because when you listen to it, you feel like you’re in a Stranger Things episode, forreal.
This genre gives me all those nostalgic feels and the cool thing about this sound, is that there are so many different subgenres and moods associated with it. Depending on the artist, Vaporwave can range from super light and poppy to dark and heavy. Since I just discovered this genre only a few months ago, there’s still so much more for me to learn, and artists to listen to. So far, my favorites are Timecop1983 and Touch Sensitive.
According to my research through a Reddit article, this genre is super new, and is growing rapidly, so there’s still a lot of confusion as to what sounds fit into Vaporwave, and it’s respective subgenres, so I won’t confuse you by breaking all of them down here. Just read the Reddit article if you want to dive deeper in to this genre. I’ve also included a lot of different kinds of Vaporwave artists and sounds through my playlist, below, so you can decide what your favorite type of Vaporwave is. I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on this genre of electronic music, and who your fave artists are. And if there’s any artists that you know of that aren’t on my playlist, then I probably don’t know about them – so let me know who I’m missing!
Photos by Julia Soniat Photography