Chiptunes are a hard medium to utilize efficiently. It takes a careful ear to make something sound faux retro and not become a scrambled mess. Anamanaguchi is the master of the chip tune medium. But what about the others around. How are they? Well today on Lost In The Music, I am taking a listen from a collaboration album called Chiptunes=Win and their debut album.
First off, I have to say that the sheer number of songs on this album is impressive. But does it fall into the trap of being quantity over quality. For the most part no as a good 90% of the album is solidly produced with BR1GHT PR1MATE, Ben Landis (Of Adventure in Pixels fame) and PROTODOME being the best of the group. The other producers are good and some do need practice to perfect their craft.
After listening to this album a couple of times, I think my favourite track on this album would be BR1GHT PR1MATE's rendition of Sexy and I Know it. I found this a bit ironic because I cannot stand the original song as I am not too fond of regular club or dance music, yet I enjoy this track. Perhaps it is because it reminds me of the The World Ends With You soundtrack. BR1GHT PR1MATE's version is obvious nothing more then a chiptune version of the original track with slightly different lyrics. With this song I could imagine Neku and his friends running around Shibuya playing the Reapers Game.
I think my only major problem with the album is that it is too big for a debut album. The songs are good but there are too many songs that you can't really enjoy them all in one sitting. Had they divided the album up into three parts and released them over the course of a few months, then I would not have an issue with it. But it is the fact that they released so many songs on one album, that it is incredibly overwhelming.
Normally I enjoy long albums, but not with Chiptunes. As good as they are, Chiptunes can easily become obnoxious if you are listening to them for long periods of time. That is why I feel that having 51 songs is a bad idea for a start. By the time you get to the middle of the album you have become bored with the music that you cannot enjoy it.
Of course there are some performers who can subvert that, but they are few and far between.
Other then the previous complaint, how is the debut album from Chiptunes=Win? For a collaboration effort, it's not too bad. While not all songs on list are perfect, it is a solid album to listen to. This group is defiantly passionate about the music they make. There is room for improvement, but if these guys practice their craft then there is no doubt that these guys can be chiptune stars.
You can grab Chiptunes=Win off of their bandcamp page.
This is Daimo Mac and I am lost in the music.