As one of the shining lights in the burgeoning vaporwave genre, the enigmatic t e l e p a t h テレパシー能力者 has released a slew of albums that conjure up surreal dream states through the use of syrupy-slow samples, blurred ambient textures, and nostalgia-inducing sonics. But for the recently released All For You, the producer sheds his usual aesthetic for some straight up acid house-influenced pop — and the result is some of the most immediate, and enjoyable, t e l e p a t h テレパシー能力者 music to date.
The funky keyboard squelches, bright piano chords, and various orchestral and trumpet stabs bring to mind acid house giants like 808 State. However, there’s a sense of whimsy and playfulness that recalls Masato Nakamura’s classic video game soundtracks. (There’s even some pan flute on “Sensuality” for good measure.)
As much as I enjoy t e l e p a t h テレパシー能力者’s “traditional” vaporwave output, such as his 2814 collaborations with HKE, All For You is a nice breath of fresh air, like the producer just decided to have some fun and make something bright and catchy for a change — and that sense is infectious. I can’t say for sure if I’d like a full album of this sort of stuff, but it’s certainly a treat in small doses.