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Birk and Ross plumb the depths of vaporwave, dark ambient, and other haunted genres of music. Discover new music to listen to and find out why we're drawn to retro aesthetics and dark music.

Night Clerk Radio: Haunted Music Reviews Ross Payton, Birk McBirkinson

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Birk and Ross plumb the depths of vaporwave, dark ambient, and other haunted genres of music. Discover new music to listen to and find out why we're drawn to retro aesthetics and dark music.

    The Music of Dec-Affe-Inated Records

    The Music of Dec-Affe-Inated Records

    For our second episode of Record Label Month™, we’re talking about the Japanese label Dec-Affe-Inated Records. This private label is populated by the numerous aliases of a single artist whose music often focuses on themes of depression, isolation, and loneliness. Join us as we check out two albums that take the listen on an eclectic plunderphonic journey.

    • 31 min
    The Music of Ill-Advised Records

    The Music of Ill-Advised Records

    For the month of April we’re talking about record labels of all kinds. In our first episode, we check out two albums from Ill-Advised Records, a record label focused on dark lo-fi and similarly dark-themed subgenres of haunted music. Join us as we celebrate Halloween in April!

    • 32 min
    New Music: Magn​é​toscope and Aquatic Galleria

    New Music: Magn​é​toscope and Aquatic Galleria

    On this month’s new music episode we’re checking out some excellent new vaporwave albums: Magn​é​toscope by ab97 and Aquatic Galleria by platinum towers, ホテル shampoo, & midnight première.

    Come join us and check out some great vaporwave!

    • 36 min
    Utopia District’s 2023 Year In Review

    Utopia District’s 2023 Year In Review

    In this episode, we’re digging into Utopia District’s 2023 Year In Review, a feature highlighting some of the best vaporwave (and associated genres) albums of 2023 as suggested by the community. Including our own Ross Payton! This kind of curation and highlighting the work of artists is so important. We had a blast checking out the 17 albums on the list that we had not previously covered.

    Come join us and find yourself some great music!

    • 42 min
    New Music: Dated New Aesthetic and KEYGEN🔐

    New Music: Dated New Aesthetic and KEYGEN🔐

    In this episode, we’re starting our 2024 project of trying to focus more on new releases. There’s no overarching theme or over intellectualizing, just talking about two albums from the past month or so that we really enjoyed. For our inaugural discussion, we’re talking about Dated New Aesthetic by Windows96 and KEYGEN🔐 by Crystal Eternal.

    • 38 min
    The Music of Cryo Crypt

    The Music of Cryo Crypt

    We’re back! We spent January delving into the content dungeons and we’ve returned with two great dungeon synth albums. In this episode, we’re exploring the music of Cryo Crypt, the dark fantasy/dungeon synth sister label of Cryo Chamber. We discuss the first two albums on the label and share our thoughts on the current state of the genre. Stay awhile and listen.

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

wldntulk2knw ,

This show is the only way I want to learn about philosophy

but im begrudgingly looking up the references and even reading books despite my best efforts. for me it’s the perfect balance of the actual music (just enough) and discussion (a lot of it). And I appreciate how how the musing, and the associations the hosts make are still always rooted in the subject at hand, no wild podcast-style irresponsible liberties or misrepresentation of the concepts.

ProblemDog ,

Haunted Music? I’m in!

Positives:

Ross and Birk have a layers-deep understanding of the nuance behind Vaporwave, and all of its various sub genres. Their knowledge, passion, and vocabulary on the subject is evident, and usually very enjoyable to listen to.

The commentary and musical analysis is thought provoking, and the added context from their own understanding of each album is interesting.

If nothing else, I’ll always be grateful for their recommendation of the Miles to Midnight album, which I never knew I needed. It’s exceptional.

Suggestions:

I would describe my interest in Vaporwave as curious, but not committed. To be honest, for someone like me, the discussion can shift a little over my head at times. I’m not saying that creators should always cater for the lowest common denominator, but perhaps ease us in a bit?

Additionally, I was surprised at the ratio of track samples to discussion. Maybe it’s not their intent, and the topics are certainly interesting, but I’d love to hear more of the music.

Summary:

If you love Ross and Birk, or have even a passing interest in Vaporwave, give this a shot. It seems evident that they’re still working through show format and deciding on what works, but it’s a good listen.

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