Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Salem - King Night

More than one year into being the hippest movement with the coolest bands, it was only inevitable that chillwave, as a music genre, would soon start seeing its first variations / deviations. Hypnagogic pop is one of them, and while keeping those trademark lo-fi production values intact, along with the dreamy and nostalgic vibes that pretty much define chillwave, there's also a much darker atmosphere that is not so common in projects like Memory Tapes, Neon Indian or Toro Y Moi but can easily be found in Salem. Menacing would actually be a good word to describe what's heard in King Night, in a way that sort of brings into mind those first dubstep records some years ago, before dubstep started moving into lighter territories. But that's actually only the beginning. In a nutshell, there's some truly intense creepy-goth-blissful-hollowed-out beauty out there. (8/10)

Salem - Asia (video)


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