As genre names go, vaporwave is probably one of the better ones to be coined in this decade. How better to describe the wispy throwback feel to so much of its progenitors’ work?
Portland has its practitioners of this hypnotic style, and two of them just released a fantastic split cassette in September. And as great as Magic Fades is (that’s the band that occupies side A), I find myself returning over and over again to the work of Romcom.
A project of Cole Browning (ex-Ghost Animal), the eight tracks feel connected to the warped visions of Hype Williams or Ariel Pink. Something about the borderline easy listening aspects of it scratches this weird itch in me, the wiggling nerve that still considers From Langley Park To Memphis and The Language of Life to be two of British pop’s greatest achievements.