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Sound Sunday is all about music. With this edition, we are entering new terrain. Notice any changes? Do share your thoughts and don’t forget to pitch ideas, genres, or music! Reach me @TinaSieber on Twitter or email to Tina @ this domain.

What Is Chillwave?

Chillwave is an electronic music genre characterized by the use of synthesizers, drum machines, samplers, and heavy effects processing.

The genre emerged during the mid-2000s revival of 80s music. The genre was founded in the blogosphere, based on sound commonalities recognized by a journalist, rather than geographical origin. This is a new phenomenon and the dispute on whether or not Chillwave constitutes a distinct genre is yet to be solved.

Chillwave is rooted in a range of genres, including ambient, new wave, chillout, lo-fi, downtempo, shoegazing, indie/dream/synth/psychedelic pop, and ambient house music. You will find many of these genres in the albums featured below.

EP: Vincenzo Salvia – Summer Love

Genre: electronic, chillwave, 80s, synthwave, chiptune

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Genre: electronic, chillwave, disco, funk

EP: Distant Cities – Walk Away

Genre: electronic, chillwave, 80s, synth pop, idm, indietronica, trip hop

EP: Tora – Singles

Genre: alternative, indie, electronic, chillwave

EP: Willow Beats – Selftitled

Genre: electronic, chill, dubstep, garage, glitch

EP: Broke For Free – Gold Can Stay

Genre: electronic, chillwave, glitch, melodic, trip hop

NanosauR – Summer’s Fallen

Genre: indie, downtempo, chillwave, trap

spazzkid – Desire

Genre: electronic, indie, pop, chillwave, beats, idm, post-dubstep

Blank Banshee – Blank Banshee 0

Genre: electronic, chillwave, seapunk, trap

EP: tomoru inoue – finder.ep

Genre: indie, electronic, chillwave, bass, beats, trap, post-classical, post-rock

EP: GRAND INC – ALWAYS FASTER THAN ME

Genre: electronic, chillwave, breakstep, dubstep

Golden Living Room – Plug In, Drop Out

Genre: chillwave, bass, beats, trap, trillwave, hip hop

EP: Fable and the World Flat – Soliloquy in Symphony

Genre: indie, instrumental, electronic, chillwave, pop, rock, hip hop

Final Question

This edition was composed based on the assumption that most of you come for the music and care about the music only. I chopped away the non-essentials. What do you miss? And what do you like?

  1. Ryan Moore
    October 10, 2013 at 3:45 am

    Thank you so much! I love Chillwave, and it's really hard to find artists that I like, I love all of these selections.

  2. pac
    October 7, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Your Final question: my reply is THANKS!

  3. Igor R
    October 6, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    The first track is so relaxing..iv listened to it for atleast five times already:D

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