Derris-Kharlan - Live album release

Derris-Kharlan, another in a long line of impeccably awesome Australian chiptune artists, has released a recording of a live performance via CalmDownKidder Records. The album is Live, and is available for free download. This release is definitely a surprise hit album for me and many others.

Live is nine tracks of catchy chiptune work and crunchy guitar riffs. Kicking off strong with Theme For a Jump Goat with fast paced chiptunes that swirl quickly around rough guitar work creating an upbeat adventurous tune through dark colorful landscapes. This all comes to a close in an ending that swells, then finally fades and blurs into Luna. Slower and more ominous than the opening track, Luna creates a tone that slides between foreboding dissonance and heart thumping energy. The guitar really takes a center role in this track, rising and diving beneath the elaborate chiptune work. This is probably my favorite track on the album, not least of all for the "objection!" at about 3:08 that sends the song whirling off in a feverish race to the end of the track.

The album is littered in more great tracks, such as the relaxing By The Bay, or another personal favorite, the great head bobbing rhythms of Oasis. I also have to mention the final piece of this album, the rocked out reprieve, Nexus. This track starts out as if it will be a simple laid back album ending, but quickly builds into a sonic assault that will definitely have you wanting to rock out.

All in all, this is a great album from beginning to end, and may be in the running for chiptune album of the year in my book. Head over to the appropriate download page and give this album a listen.

Multifaros - Dreams EP release

During my regular trek across the internet in search of great tunes I passed by the folks at calmdownkidder records and noticed they have a new album out on their site. This comes from the amazing Multifaros, whom you may remember from his awesome jazz infused track Medical Advice from A Pterodactyl Squad Compilation.

Well now he is back with a brand new album. The newly released Dreams is 6 tracks of upbeat catchy tunes that will have you bobbing your head along through the whole album. Things kick off with the appropriately titled Bouncing with it's bouncy rhythms and flickering chips. The simple vocals and guitar continue to add to the lighthearted mood as well. Next we come to the ambient wistful tones of My Pillow. crunchy distortions play alongside child like piano sounds to create a lullaby style piece that would work great in the credits of any game where it turns out "it was all just a dream."

Next we have the oddly island rhythms emanating from the track Lumberjack. Another dream like song that takes you to a relaxing lounge on a small island paradise. The cheery chirps start off the song, leading into some bending guitar work. The song gently floats along and away into a childlike crash. This brings us to the second half of the album, which kicks off with my personal favorite track Amateur. The strong chipped out rhythm kicks into some light bleeps, and fast paced surf guitar style. All this is interspersed with cut and chopped samples helping give some meaning and context to the songs title. Finally breaking down in a random mixing of sounds.

Just A Dream, which I suppose is the EP's title track has a very disruptive element in it's constantly detuning sounds. As if you are slowly fading in and out of consciousness. As you listen to the song it creates a texture of starts and stops, slowing and gaining speed at practically random intervals. This leads into a broken deep change up alongside a discordant piano fill until falling apart again as if we are coming back to the waking world. The album closes appropriately enough with 7 AM. Looks like the previous song did rouse us from our sleep and it's time to wake up. This thumping tune is just the way to do it as well. Starting off rough, the track picks up speed and sees quite a few change ups, as if taking you on a quick montage of your morning activities. The song finishes with a fade into the distance and closes out this EP in the same dream like manner it started.

This album is definitely worth a listen from on of my fast growing favorites in the chiptune scene. I'll certainly be keeping an eye on Multifaros for any future releases, and will report them to you fine folks here as soon as they see the light of day.

little-scale - Error Repeat album release

Recently one of many amazing chiptuners from Australia, little-scale, released a new album Error Repeat (download here). The 5 song EP contains 15 minutes of jamming tunes to bob your head to. The opening track Come Back To Me, is a particular favorite. Starting off with a stepped lo-fi intro, which leads into the main bubbly upbeat melody and some spacey riffs. The song starts to break down a minute from the finish, and falls into some simple lo-fi beats and white noise like sweeps which all lead seamlessly into the next track. The rest of the tracks keep on in this fashion and meld very well into one another like any great electronic album. I am really enjoying the album and have had this one on repeat for a while.

You can download it, for free of course, from the CalmDownKidder Records page.