Weird and wonderful genres of music #3: My favourite v a p o r w a v e songs: A playlist

As you may know from the first weird and wonderful genres of music, vaporwave is a genre of music inspired by ambient mall music of the 1980's combined with a synthetic nostalgia for nothing in particular made primarily by sampling generic 80's sax solos and slowing them down, adding loads of reverb and remixing. The artwork for this genre mainly consists of a mix of pretentious 'is this art?' and 'Are we alive?' questions set to the backdrop of Windows XP and VHS fuzz.

Anyway, let's get into the playlist.

1. MACINTOSH PLUS – リサフランク420 / 現代のコンピュー

The song that introduced me to the magic of vaporwave, this is a Diana Ross song called Upside Down slowed down and remixed with misheard lyrics about the futility of life added over the top. Pure a e s t h e t i c.

2. HOME – Resonance

This song is unusual for a vaporwave song, in that the song is original. It is said to be the most nostalgic song ever, and nobody knows what the nostalgia is for.

3. Saint Pepsi – Enjoy Yourself

This one has an amazing music video. Like seriously, go check it out.

4. White woods – Beach Walk

This song I discovered because it's the intro for Pyrocynical's channel, and it samples vie en la rose by Grace Jones.

5. T h e 7 t h e l e m e n t – Polygon Dream

This video for this one is really weird. I mean, all vaporwave videos are weird, but this one especially so.

6. Redbone (vaporwave mix) – 3PM music

This one isn't technically vaporwave, but it's a great mix and channels the a e s t h e t i c very well.

7. Software – Island Sunrise

Another great original vaporwave track.

Now, if you want to make yourself even more vaporwave, while you're listening to these, whisper


Good. Now stretch it out.

A e s t h e t i c.

Well done. Now say that in a silky jazz voice and you're ready to go.

Here's some vaporwave art:


One thought on “Weird and wonderful genres of music #3: My favourite v a p o r w a v e songs: A playlist

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