It’s been under a year since Shirobon released his last album, Infinities to much praise, so the amount of hype following his latest release, Dimensions would be huge.
If you don’t know, Shirobon is one of the biggest chiptune artists at the moment, with a huge fan base behind him. He has a huge repertoire of great music under his belt, and this year he was on the bill to play ‘Magfest’, one of the world’s biggest chiptune festivals.
‘Dimensions’ is Shirobon’s 8th release and is a lot different than his previous music, focusing more on the genres of eurobeat & progressive electronic music such as, vaporwave. For the whole album, Shirobon used LSDJ for the backbone of every track, adding layers of beats & audio styles over the top.
Dimensions kicks off to a great start, with the opening track, ‘Fox’ setting up the album & a new take on Shirobon’s style. In comparison to his previous material the style of fox feels more wet & echoey, with the use of wah in its rhythm & leads, as well as reverb serving as atmosphere of the track. Fox also feels more progressive in the way moves, with more focus on cyberpunk & the atmosphere underneath.
Although Fox focuses more its leads, it’s the track ‘Crystals’ that focuses on the rhythm. This track seems to go more towards the way of vaporwave & progressive house, as the structure of ‘Crystals’ changes ever so subtly with elements of chillwave added into the mix. I also feel Crystals is one of the tracks which makes the most use of LSDJ, especially at just over a minute into the song you can really hear triangular waves done by the software.
The majority of songs in Dimensions has themes that are both beautiful & relaxing to listen to, however its final track, ‘On the run’ is filled with high octane energy, mainly from chaotic hooks & thumping beats. It serves as a fantastic ending to finish off Dimensions, with the energy from the song feeling as if you’re at your own personal rave.
As usual Shirobon exceeds peoples expectations making a killer album & delving into other genres, such as Vaporwave & Chillwave with the former genre a welcome addition to chiptune. I’m interested to see if Shirobon continues on with vaporwave, as since chatting with him on gamefaceshow last week, he’s already onto creating another album!
Crystals & On the run
~ Shirobon ~