REVIEW: Hirobleep’s “Gaijin”

Photobucket Last month, I had made Hirobleep my Bandcamp Suggestion and a month later, he has a new album out (well, it’s a 31 minute album, so a short album) with even more music for people to enjoy.

Gaijin is for fans of 8-bit and chiptune music, and while it might sound simple on digital paper, there’s a bit more thought going on in these tracks. Imagine smoking a lot of hash while playing video games at the arcade, you pull out a quarter, token, or look for more stolen one dollar bills from your mom’s purse, and then your hash-filled mind is now playing the currency. Gaijin comes close to that.

What does that mean? Well, any type of computer-generated music will lead to people saying it’s programmed, that it requires little to no human interaction. “Otaku” sounds like what would happen if Kraftwerk were given a bunch of effect pedals and they went crazy, while “Moshi-Moshi” manages to make you feel comfortable before the time signature goes from 4/4 to 3/4 out of nowhere, then back to 4/4. “Banzai” sounds like someone from the Taito factory discovering the VCS3 and saying “I can do better”. “Nanchatte” comes off like a bit of 8-bit action if it grew up in the streets of New Orleans, complete with deep bass frequencies that may mess up a few cars.

Basically, if you grew up loving music played by video games, and wondered how it could get so intricate and perhaps funkier like the other music you listen to, Hirobleep’s Gaijin is for you. What I enjoy about 8-bit/chiptune stuff is how a lot of artists are working out of the box even though its sound origins come from being made specifically to be in a box. Job well done.

(ADDITION: Hirobleep was nice enough to tell me that this recording was made using the Korg Monotribe.)

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