18 Carat Affair – Adventures in Schizophrenia

18 Carat Affair - Adventures in Schizoprenia

With the exception of a various artists compilation, Adventures in Schizophrenia by Missouri musician Denys Parker of 18 Carat Affair was the final release of Fortune 500 – one of the first professional vaporwave labels that sought to bring the genre outside of the realms of 4chan and message boards. This is no bombastic closer: Adventures in Schizophrenia is a downtempo plunderphonics album that bookends microsongs1 with white noise blips and imperfect editing, as if the listener is channel-surfing at witching hour through eighties music television. It’s druggy and intensely melodic in a chill-out room kind of way, with a preponderance of four-on-the-floor rhythms and simple electronic progressions (e.g. “Lying in Bermuda” and “Aladdin’s Lamp”).

Adventures in Schizophrenia is rather inconsistent due to the markedly different production levels per sample; it also suffers a common problem in genres that utilize the microsong, whereby in order to fulfill a self-ascribed run-time, there ends up being quite a bit of filler. It loses speed at the end, as if Parker were not sure whether he were producing a chill future funk album or a sound collage. Overall, not bad, but does not reward complete listens all that well. Add the choice cuts to your vapor/chillwave playlists.

1. Ferrante & Teicher – (1:06) – ★★☆☆☆
2. Aladdin’s Lamp – (1:36) – ★★★★☆
3. The Waiting Room for Tony’s Faggot Sim2 – (0:54) – ★★★☆☆
4. Promethazine – (1:21) – ★★☆☆☆3
5. Malibu Barbie – (1:14) – ★★★☆☆
6. 10 Minute Makeover – (2:00) – ★★★★☆
7. Ups & Downs – (0:56) – ★★★★☆
8. Rock Hard Abs – (1:08) – ★★★★☆4
9. Kosmische – (1:54) – ★★★★★
10. In the Mind of a Child – (1:20) – ★★☆☆☆
11. Extroverted Debutante – (1:42) – ★☆☆☆☆
12. Bobby Fischer Kinetics – (1:58) – ★★☆☆☆
13. Lying in Bermuda – (1:18) – ★★★★☆
14. Front2Back – (1:14) – ★★★★☆
15. My Buried Wife in Nassau – (1:44) – ★★★☆☆
16. Immaculate Jheri Curl – (2:22) – ★★★☆☆
17. Consequence of Misinterpretation – (1:40) – ★★★☆☆
18. What If… – (1:28) – ★★☆☆☆

Overall: ★★½☆☆

1… characteristic of vaporwave subgenres such as broken transmission and late nite lo-fi.
2The fuck?
3Just another smooth jazz sample.
4Fun with tempos!

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