Chipzel – Spectra

If there’s one word I’d choose to describe Chipzel’s latest album, Spectra, it would be mature.

Her older tracks are unabashedly energetic, repetitive, and sound like they were written by a 20 year old — but I mean that in the most complimentary way possible. I found myself listening to Chipzel the most when doing cardio, keeping me moving forward with its unrelenting drive.

That’s not to say that her sound lost its edge, rather, as I said earlier, her sound has matured. It’s still got that oomph that makes you want to dance like an idiot (see the opening track Spectra, embedded below), but there’s a lot more subtle things going on now.

I think the track Sunday best illustrates this maturity. It starts with synth vocals, which is a new and welcome texture, providing an ethereal background while the chip melody twinkles. Then about a minute in, the bass drops and you get that driving energy. But just as fast as the bass came in, it backs away to make room for a gentle, almost deadmau5-esque, melody.

Seriously, it’s a great album and you should definitely go check it out.

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