Dystopian vaporwave for pitch-shifted Orwellian ears, this new tape on Dream Catalogue sees wosX imagine a future in which Brazil once again hosts the world cup, albeit in a "war-torn South America". It's a record of saunteringly monotonous synth that speaks to the hardvapour aesthetic, implying harshness through pop music slowed into subliminally aggressive glitches.
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Not the 2014 one. Not the one where Oscar scored the most pointless of world cup goals; not the one where the Netherlands beat Spain 5-1; not the best world cup in the best month of my mostly unchanging life. ‘Brasil World Cup 2034’ hasn’t happened yet, and far be it for me to predict the moves of the FIFA governing body, but I doubt it’ll line up. Instead, this smattering of hard vapor on Dream Catalogue presumes a dystopian future where Brazil are hosting yet another world cup in a “war-torn South America”. It’s a lofty, heavy-handed concept, but it’s embedded in the music nonetheless, from the cackling shouts of “gooooooal!” to the overheating chants coming from the buzzing stadium crowds.
This record rests on a sauntering medley of electronics that show how far your vapor prefixed/affixed genres have come, in that it basically just sounds like a bouncing IDM record with synths washy, beats of various hues (sometimes light and often thunderous) and a theme sprinkled lightly into both the musical micro-aggressions of wosX’s sound and his choosy sampling. At times, his deep synth gazes feel a bit corny, recalling post-rock sentimentalists like Lights out Asia, but he compensates by putting everything else into overdrive, creating a maximalist experience in all corners.
It’s rare you’ll see a vaporwave record build a narrative rather than chop it into little confused pieces, so ‘Brasil World Cup 3034’ feels like a fascinating proposition: its rhythmic pulse feels like it’s driving it onwards, especially on gorgeous, techno-lite tracks like “Casa de Deus”, and the furious synth beams of “Invasion of the Venezuelans”. It’s not that the concept is particularly specific, and it reads a little ludicrous, all things considered -- but it’s hard not to feel absorbed by wosX’s high-concept saga.
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