Low-Fi Indie-Electropop Tracks from Pirafu
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When Philip Sharp’s pseudo-chiptune project – Pirafu – was successfully funded through Kickstarter in November of 2013, his dreams of producing a professional-quality album got the financial boost they needed to become reality. Although the days of being a 16 year old experimenting with Neo∙Geo CDs on his Korg DSS-1 have long since passed, his habits for tinkering with experimental music techniques haven’t. After spending nearly a year upgrading his hardware, recording, mixing, and mastering, the release of Pirafu’s 7 song album Attract Mode is a beautiful display of what comes from pushing the limits of synthetic sounds.
The San Diego based musician has a sound that’s hard to describe. It’s not exactly “true” chiptune, but it’s not your typical new-wave album either. Blending together the gritty sounds of retro video game consoles like Genesis and NG with electropop synths and darkwave vocals, Pirafu’s sound is technically layered to appeal to fans of melodic and experimental music like Tool, Depeche Mode, Nullsleep, Zeromancer, and IAMX.
The bonus tracks included on his album release even includes a cover of “Bloodsport” by the Sneaker Pimps, which I was pretty happy with.
(Neo∙Geo style shock boxes included in Kickstarter backing tier)
The dark video game themed lyrics he embeds in his music are very much a mirror of his own life. While working in the gaming industry and living a bit of a jetsetter lifestyle, Philip found himself alone in his own head for long periods of time. The solitude catalyzed his writings, and inspired his collection of video game laced poetry. The collection went from a set of online poetry to a full fledged album when Attract Mode was released in the early Fall of 2014.
You can check out his 7 track album Attract Mode HERE on CD Baby!:
Pirafu: Attract Mode
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