Music Review: Sun Glitters satisfies again with new album “Lo-Fi-Lo-Ve”

Watch Sun Glitters ‘Happy Walking’ video above

Sun Glitters, one of the quintessential examples of the coined term chillwave (glo-fi or hypnagogia) over the last decade with its delicious combinations of shoegaze and glitch, dream pop and experiments plus explorations and deviations recently (well last Nov 2018) released its latest album “Lo-Fi-Lo-Ve”.  I’m unsure of what number this full release is, but for more info check out the Sun Glitters Bandcamp page.   Dont forget the Facebook page too.   Created by multimedia artist Victor Ferreira, when comparing his inspirations in the chillwave realm, they apparently differ than your typical modern Christopher Cross/Fleetwood Mac recollections like Small Black for example (nothing wrong with them or that but the difference is noticeable).  His hashtag usages of shoegaze and dreampop is more than mere lip service.  His collaborations with some female artists are some of the closest you get to the Cocteau Twins and Slowdive.  His use of the term glitterswave apparently is to unite them all.  As the decade has past, he’s incorporated different ideas – synthwave remixes for example.  2017’s “It Will Be Forever” was a retro-futuristic release inspired by his upbringing in the 1980s.  Some of it personally reminded me of a “Stranger Things” soundtrack but i digress.   With Sun Glitter’s newest release “Lo-Fi-Lo-Ve”, while for all its intents and purposes is about taking a new step, gives the impression of a welcome home of sorts, but like the welcoming of an old friend, not an overused template.

Maybe its because some of its unintended influences are now front and center.  Tracks like ‘The Unexpected’ , ‘No Time to Waste’ and ‘Different the Same’ carried by its floating and dreamy atmosphere also tells a story as similar as Penguin Cafe Orchestra’s “Telephone and Rubber Band”.  “Happy Walking” sounds like a fun trip in the reminiscing yet depreciated light perhaps saved by remastering technology, an ode to Sesame Street park segments in mid-tempo stride and a good pick to play on the dance floor unless you’re trying to smash.  I like the masking-like background sounds of  ‘Don’t Look Back’ especially the beginning, a collage of noise that should be crashing together, but instead is like a symphony warming up, when all of a sudden a booming beat subdued somehow breaks enough to be noticed. The last song ‘Whats Right or Wrong’ is a nice cornucopia of bright tempos and sounds that is firmly MBV Loveless influenced but with random industrial like samples that carry the gravitas of an Orb track.

While some tracks struggle a bit in its formation, they find a way to appeal in its own way.  First timers who have an affinity for trip-hop should like ‘Secrets – Drop the Gun’ and ‘Wrong Days’ but it certainly didn’t stand out to me like its strongest. At first, it felt beneath him recording it, but both tracks especially the whispering sounds of ‘Wrong Days’ has found its way. While that doesn’t suggest perfection for “Lo-Fi-Lo-Ve”, it does confirm there’s not a track to avoid, especially if you’re a big fan of artists like Sun Glitters.  My recommendation if you’re a first timer.  After this greatly influences your life, go visit the Sun Glitters page afterwards.

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-pics and some sources courtesy of press release

 

 

 

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watch Sun Glitters new video ‘Secrets (feat. Drop the Gun)’ from new album “LO-FI-LO-VE” available Nov 16th

As the decade of the 2010s draws closer to the end, electronic music artist Victor Ferreira (aka Sun Glitters) continues to leave a mark on the electronic music scene since the start – from remixes for Purity Ring, Slow Magic and many others to collaborations with Steffaloo and COMA, plus his own concoction, a combination of glitch, shoegaze, synth pop, beats, soul, ambient and other electronic and experimental amalgamations. He surely has crafted a nary of pensive and evolving gateways to an atmosphere of the welcoming unknown.

Late last month, Sun Glitters shared a single from his new album “LO-FI-LO-VE” titled ‘Secrets’ featuring Brooklyn music artist Drop the Gun(Sara Savery). Watch the video above. His new album “LO-FI-LO-VE” is the follow up to 2017s “It Will Be Forever”. For this release, Ferreira suggested to his listeners and viewers to keep an open mind and adopt the shifted focus. While “It Will Be Forever” offered a closer look into the remarkable and unremarkable everyday moments—along with a subtle existential message underneath the accompanying music and videos—LO-­FI­-LO-­VE sends a heartfelt and emotive pulse directly into the soul – expect to be aroused by the most human of emotions on his new album: joy, pain, remembering, forgetting, loss, and of course, love.

“LO­-FI-­LO­VE” will be available Friday Nov 16th, 2018 on Future Archive Recordings.

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source provided from press release

Listen to Chill #42 – now on mixcloud and youtube – featuring music from Eartheater and Bizarre

Chill #42 was released on mixcloud.com June 25th and uploaded to youtube two days later.  Its over 40 minutes of chill related music.

Chill #42 features Eartheater(aka Queens based artist Alexandra Drewchin) whose third full-lenth IRISIRI was released June 8th on all formats. While her first single is the provocative “C.L.I.T”, i thought i’d switch it up (no pun intended) and play “Switch” instead. Its more random wordplay, experiments with beats washed with eerie spacey sounds.

Also featured is Estonian shoegaze/dream pop recording artists Bizarre. Their newest release is a collection of 20 years of songs from compilations and never released music. Its the post Cafe del Flor that didnt fully materialize.

Check out the rest of the playlist below.

Now listen on youtube or click the link below.

eartheater – switch
sun glitters – sincere me
rafael anton irisarri – downfall
balam acab – alone
bizarre – any day
halou – i’ll carry you
stumbleine – drink bleach
islamiq grrrls w oOoOO – all of me
bizarre – any day (vonsuck remix any touch of latakia)

 

Moogfest 2018 Lineup has been released. Check out the eclectic schedule and more.

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First Presbyterian Church line up of Moogfest 2016

Also new music releases by

Chrome Sparks, Sun Glitters with Steffaloo and Tristan de Liège

The yearly event Moogfest recently unveiled its full lineup including artist-led workshops and conversations, film screenings, the addition of IBM Watson Creative Director Jennifer Sukis to its keynote program, and the premiere of a traveling exhibit from artist Ralph Steadman featuring many never-before-seen works.

As a companion to her keynote, IBM Watson Design Lead Maya C Weinstein will lead two workshops on enhancing design applications through cognitive technology. Participants will work directly with A.I. modules currently being used to inspire art and music at the highest levels, and use design thinking to conceptualize and collaborate on a specific project. No prior experience is necessary for participation.

The full schedule revealed also includes over 200 workshops, masterclasses, and conversations along with this year’s film programming, among which are “Bight of the Twin,” Genesis P-Orridge’s exploration of the origins of voodoo in Benin; the Bedroom Community tour film “Everything Everywhere All the Time”; Gavin Rayna Russom’s experimental short, “No More White Presidents”; the Armen RabiopicWhen My Sorrow Died”; and more. All films will be accompanied by an artist conversation directly following the screening. The Moogfest 2018 local programming announcement also accompanies the schedule release. Durham collective and record label Raund Haus, along with dance music curators The Floor have assembled a full slate of performances from local producers and DJs, plus one very special guest to be revealed at the festival.

This also includes a slate of rare appearances, mind-expanding masterclasses, workshops, and keynotes, plus the debut of A3, a revolutionary 3D audio environment to power exclusive performances from nine artists under the festival’s Spatial Sound banner.

Heading up this year’s lineup are German post-techno pathfinders Mouse on Mars (two performances); R&B visionary Kelela; Boogie Down Productions co-founder KRS-One; and resurgent English producer Jon Hopkins (two performances). Joining them in Phase Two are industrial music iconoclast Author & Punisher; synth pioneer Suzanne CianiDJ Stingray, former DJ for legendary techno group Drexciya; electropop diva Little Boots (two performances); afro-futurist hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces; Genesis P-Orridge’s experimental video and music ensemble Psychic TV; Bedroom Community founder Valgeir Sigurðsson with labelmate Liam Byrne; genre-defying Detroit producer Waajeed; and the apocalyptic vision of found-sound collagist Yves Tumor.

More coverage of Moogfest 2018 is still to come.  Chill #40 is planned to be uploaded to mixcloud.com/thisischill before the festival featuring music from participants of the festival and another episode will be uploaded post festival.

To view Full Moogfest 2018 Schedule: https://moogfest2018.sched.com/
For more information, visit moogfest.com.

In other news, as the Chrome Sparks and Machinedrum tour conclude at the end of the month, Chrome Sparks released its long awaited debut album self titled on April 13th.  Here’s the first single off that album.

Sun Glitters teamed up with Steffaloo again to released the single “Forever and Ever”.  This is the latest in their collaborations since the early decade.  Its available on Sun Glitter’s bandcamp page.

Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist Tristan de Liège announced the release of his latest downtempo album, Kosame,” due on Emancipator’s imprint, Loci records, April 13th . Titled after the Japanese word for “light rain”, “Kosame ” is inspired by the feelings of nostalgia, peacefulness, and transience that accompany rain.

Note:  some articles are from press releases

Chill #35

Chill #35 has been uploaded to mixcloud.com.  Check it out!  Or you can listen to the show on the conveniently placed link above.

This episode features music from artists currently touring such as HVOB and Lum who made a trip to South Florida early this month, plus Kelly Lee Owens and Machinedrum who will be touring Florida later on this year.    We also have music by Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Jenny HVAC – part of the initial list of acts announced at Moogfest 2018 which once again will be held at Downtown Durham May 17th to May 20th.  Purchase tickets at the moogfest eventbrite site.

In addition we dig into the past with music by Loop Guru plus music by the late Byrn Jones of the influential Muslimgauze who died tragically a little over 19 years ago on January 14, 1999.

Chill #32

Episode 32 from This Is Chill was uploaded last week.   It was a struggle completing this in October.  While this was uploaded, added an article of new releases by Emancipator and Sinestesia Letargica.  Also working on uploading Chill #33 by the end of November and a special non chill episode by the end of the year.

This episodes spans more from this decade – not just this year.  That means releases from five years ago.  If you’re on top of this, then maybe its a nice jaunt down memory lane and if not welcome.  Check out music from Unison – the witch house duo who is been called France’s version of Salem, oOoOO, Actress, Andy Stott and some of personal favorites Sun Glitters, Arms and Sleepers and Stumbleine.

I hope you enjoy it.

Sun Glitters new album

Victor Ferreira known as Sun Glitters has spent this decade under the radar, impressing with what seems like a massive collection of bright and whispering recordings. While others in the world of future garage have rode on their collection of soul, dub and trance stylings, one can argue Sun Glitters has done that, as well as paid homage and beyond to ambient and early 4AD – whether its the Cocteau Twins-like bliss of “Cosmic Ocean” featuring Steffaloo or the oscillating melancholy of “Change Me”.

The new album It Will Be Forever is scheduled for release on May 26. Click on the XLR8R link for the story and more info.

Also check out his video for the new single “Together”.