High Tides – s/e – Rad Cult
The Red Falcons (Warren Kroll and Steve Lutes) switch gears a bit, branching off their acidic ambience and moving more in the direction of downtempo, vaporwave, dub and psyche. And seeing as this LP was released on Black Moth Super Rainbow’s/Tobacco’s label and even features remixes of Tobacco tracks, you know you’re in for one hell of a hazy, gentle high.
Having just started exploring in the vaporwave genre myself, I found this album to be quite the trip. It leans quite a bit on retro styled synths, early 90s acid-ambient, 80s era soundscapes, much in the way that Loose Link, NMESH and others in the vaporwave genre hold dear. However, with the addition of dub and some light psyche, it creates a hazier ride, dipping into a very chilled atmosphere whilst staying warm and solid… if that makes sense.
Take everything you love about the Red Falcon Projects, Tobacco, vaporwave itself and ambient and blend until smooth and you’ll have this album. Surfing high on the dies!
(4.8 out of 5)