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“genre of music where artists are often characterized by their heavy use of effects processing, synthesizers, looping, sampling, and heavily filtered vocals with simple melodic lines. The name refers to the influence of New Wave music sounds, with nostalgia for 80s synthpop filtered through a distorted lens, re-envisioning the era in a more lo-fi sense.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chillwave
“sounds like something playing in the background of an old VHS cassette that you found in your attic from the late ’80s/’90s.” http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2010/03/13/is-chillwave-the-next-big-music-trend/
“Hypnagogic pop is pop music refracted through the memory of a memory. It draws its power from the 1980s pop culture into which many of the genre's players were born, and which is only now being factored into underground music as a spectral influence. Hypnagogic realms are the ones between waking and sleeping, liminal zones where mis-hearings and hallucinations feed into the formation of dreams.”
“… the headspace of the moment just before you go to sleep as a child, while somewhere in the distance the sounds of pop and disco come muffled through the wall and infiltrate your subconscious. In keeping with this idea of being haunted by pop, his back catalogue is populated by revenant 1980s forms freed from their historical context: slimers from Ghostbusters, straight-to-video surf movies, TV dinners, old episodes of Beverley Hills 90210.”
“Hypnagogic pop fetisises the outmoded media of its infancy, releasing albums on cassette, celebrating the video era and obsessing over the reality-scrambling potential of photocopied art. Many of the main players' recordings come with crude black and white Xeroxed artwork, paralleling the inchoate feel of the music while taking on the appearance of the smoky depths of a crystal ball. In Hypnagogic pop, tape hiss and background atmospherics are often amplified … thus highlighting the aspect of deliberately degraded or misheard pop. In keeping with its genesis, it often sounds like an echo, an after- image, with.the players using modern time-traveling tools - drone, improvisation, FX-saturated tape - in order to amplify its powers of future dreaming while rescuing it from the thrall of era-specific values.”
Childhood'send, David Keenan, Wire http://gondapeter.sk/files/hypnagogic_pop_-_wire306.pdf