Chuck Person
Chuck Person's Eccojams Vol. 1


4.5
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Review

by Eli Schoop USER (20 Reviews)
March 12th, 2014 | 54 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: vaporwave is dead, long live vaporwave

Daniel Lopatin is a man of many personas and talents. Most know the Brooklyn-based musician as Oneohtrix Point Never, an outfit that has garnered widespread critical acclaim among many mainstream publications in part due to its cinematic flair and atmospheric provocations, or as the second half of revivalist duo Ford & Lopatin, with Tigercity frontman Joel Ford. But perhaps his most evocative and influential venture has been as Chuck Person, for Chuck Person's Eccojams Vol. 1. The album is credited with devising the ill-fated vaporwave movement, influencing such contemporaries like Vektroid and Internet Club. And yet, Eccojams is far from the genre's most pure example of what it represents.

For starters, the record is largely devoid of any thematic direction, save for the twisted cover artwork that features the beloved Sega Genesis game Ecco the Dolphin. Gone is the corporatist/anti-corporatist subject matter that permeates most of vaporwave's releases, and what is left over remains a murky, deliriously twisted piece of chopped & screwed 80s and 90s, which, for the most part, is better without any thematic direction. The sampling is also superb, featuring a miasma of operatic selections. It's very possible for Lopatin to frame his songs with bargain-bin pop on one track, and then feature prominent mainstays of music, like Michael Jackson or Marvin Gaye, on the ensuing track. Eccojams' repetitive nature also predominantly works in its favor. Despite repetition usually regarded as a negative aspect on most albums, here it shines by virtue of how the LP ebbs and flows, Lopatin's compositional brilliance coming into light here. Without looking at your media player, or obsessively poring over each nuance and vocal tick on Eccojams, it's nearly impossible to discern concrete beginnings or endings, and somehow becomes more cohesive in the process.

What Chuck Person's Eccojams Vol. 1 has come to represent almost 4 years after it was released, no one expected. Indeed, with many regarding vaporwave as an annoying spectacle that is better left buried, one could wonder if this collection could be looked at as ground zero for the movement , and that would be a damn shame. Hypercontextualization of such a landmark record, stuffed with an amalgam of genres, would betray the work that Lopatin has lovingly crafted. It may be a genre-definer, but it's simultaneously a scintillating example of what vaporwave was capable of, and not truly vaporwave in the slighest.



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sportsboy
March 12th 2014


642 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i can't do this justice like downer did floral shoppe, forgive me

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
March 12th 2014


4507 Comments


"But perhaps his most evocative and influential venture has been as Chuck Person, for Chuck Person's Eccojams Vol. 1"

While Chuck Person certainly helped increase awareness of the whole screwed and chopped philosophy beyond the realm of hip-hop, it'd be a far cry to say it's been more "evocative and influential" then what Lopatin's done with Oneohtrix Point Never.

"deliriously twisted piece of chopped & screwed 80s and 90s"

Expand upon what you mean by "80s and 90s"

"here it shines by virtue of how the LP ebbs and flows, Lopatin's compositional brilliance coming into light here."

I'd suggest a ";" after flows, the comma splicing here doesn't quite work

Overall you've got a decent foundation here for a proper review, though you need to expand upon some ideas. I feel like your thesis here, which basically is an affirmation of how ironic it is that an album credited with the birth of a micro-genre doesn't fit alongside the aesthetics that were latter captured by other artists, is really thin. You even state in the review how nobody could have expected this to represent what it does today, so what's the point of constantly comparing it to what came after it? Why does that matter? Despite your efforts not to, I think you've only contributed to the "hypercontextualization" of this album with a thesis rooted in the very definition of vaporwave, rather than going beyond the aesthetics and trends that have followed and telling us more about the actual music itself and how it makes YOU feel. That's whats lacking in most review of vaporwave affiliated release, substance, and its why artists who operate in this sound are so often belittled and dismissed.

oltnabrick
March 12th 2014


31531 Comments


O_o

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sportsboy
March 12th 2014


642 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yo thanks for the well-detailed constructive criticism bruh, lord knows i need it. although i disagree with my ideas regarding this album in context with the whole vaporwave and its influence being off-target, it probably has been done to death

HenchmanOfSanta
March 12th 2014


1922 Comments


Did he name himself after a moderately well known basketball player?

mindleviticus
March 12th 2014


8330 Comments


brilliant album

mindleviticus
March 12th 2014


8330 Comments


but yeah I think you're comparing it too much to what happened AFTER this album's release to what was actually established at the time of this release.

WashboardSuds
March 12th 2014


5041 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

sweet needed a review

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WashboardSuds
March 12th 2014


5041 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

best vaporwave

sportsboy
March 12th 2014


642 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

was gonna do far side virtual next, to cover all the bases of the genre

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
March 12th 2014


4507 Comments


"Did he name himself after a moderately well known basketball player?"

ya

Rhyme
March 19th 2014


1200 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Be real, it doesn't matter anyway // you know it's just too little too la- [∞]

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MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
March 19th 2014


4507 Comments


The only thing disappointing here is that he didn't include END OF LIFE ENTERTAINMENT SCENARIO #1 from his youtube channel, yet every other loop got a place on here. END OF LIFE is the best one too!

sportsboy
March 19th 2014


642 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

wow that is a jam

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
March 25th 2014


19043 Comments


A2 is seriously the best thing ever

~angel please dont go~

:'(

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WashboardSuds
March 26th 2014


5041 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

yeah A2 is probably my fav thing on here

sportsboy
April 10th 2014


642 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

can we petition daniel lopatin to record more under chuck person cause i think this is way more interesting than OPN

sleepdirt
April 10th 2014


337 Comments


I'm more partial to the works of Chuck's brother, Wesley.

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
April 11th 2014


4507 Comments


He's apparently got another volume of eccojams ready for release, its just a matter of when. This project feels more like a one off experiment than anything though, continuing to develop a "sound" here would be pretty irrelevant considering he could just do that with OPN.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
April 11th 2014


19043 Comments


http://www.reddit.com/r/Music/comments/1nzjqm/im_daniel_lopatin_pka_oneohtrix_point_never_ama/ccnk23k



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