Thursday, February 26, 2015

:( - Kawaii [Nintendocore]

Kawaii cover art

What is Nintendocore you ask? Well, it's a style of music that fuses 8-bit compositions akin to that of the NES and hard rock, screamo, or punk elements. I kinda wish I was making this up, but on the other hand when listening to :('s album Kawaii I decide that maybe it does need a purpose. Now unlike most Nintendocore acts :(, however you pronounce that, take a less abrasive approach to their sound. While the punk noise is still prevalent in certain tracks this album is devoid of the harsh screaming that the genre is associated with, so that's a plus. 

Also, good news. The group is pronounced "colonopenbracket" just putting that out there. As for the album, the vocals of the tracks are both auto-tuned and vocoded to maintain an 8-Bit style to it, which helps keep it immersed with the actual chiptune music instead of it being a back drop like other bands in the genre usually have it. While not the most impressive of albums, it's still interesting and has it's moments with certain tracks. Its easily worth a quick listen.

You can stream, download, or buy Kawaii here. If you like what you hear, consider supporting :( by throwing a few coins their way, like the little 8-bit coins in the Mario games, you know what they look like. You can also share this album with your friends, because punk and chiptune is cool. Just remember, a little support and a little word of mouth goes a long way! <3

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