Haircuts for Men
HFM88


3.8
excellent

Review

by Raul Stanciu STAFF
March 17th, 2022 | 16 replies


Release Date: 02/08/2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hawaiian vaporwave...

I recently discovered Haircuts for Men and was absorbed into this euphoric universe the prolific, Hawaiian vaporwave artist creates. It is quite a task to go through the dozens of albums Andre Maximillion released, but the latest journey, HFM88 is a perfect gateway. The LP presents one hour of downtempo based jams carefully layered from various bits and samples into one beautiful, cohesive listen. These songs feel timeless and evoke complex vibes. At times, I was relaxed in a lounging-on-the-beach kind of way as the trip hop beats on “Chillwalker” and “The Descent 2” gently cruised by, complete with warm synths and saxophones. Also, the Latino-infused acoustic guitar on “Carbon Copies” amplified this breezy atmosphere amid groovy bass lines. Suddenly, a touch of nostalgia crept upon me, especially on the laid back “Free Dreaming”. The downtuned, melancholic keys represent best the sound of an era long gone, as if listened through an old cassette player.

Luckily, HFM88 doesn’t delve too much on downers, switching to a late night, often sensual lounge tone for the second half. Cuts such as “Officer Callahan” & “Boones Afterparty” play smooth collages of jazzy chill out origins. The former features calm piano leads over a mellow bass, unfolding so softly it could put you to sleep. Meanwhile, “Boones Afterparty” takes cues from those Café Del Mar ambient compilations full of guitar leads and brass keys. This trip continues until “Yuri Krivonsischenko” and “Paracausally Inept” close the LP with sunnier themes. Whoever came up with those cozy synthesizer pads, which ultimately graced thousands of similar tracks, deserves endless praise. You can never seem to get enough of them. Although most of the parts are chopped and manipulated from various other artists’ music, Haircuts for Men did a splendid job creating a familiar but complex sound that feels his very own. Perhaps a bit longer than it should have been, HFM88 does its job nevertheless. You can actively listen to it or just leave it running in the background. Andre’s discography is quite massive, still, this is a lovely, immediate affair that deserves more exposure.




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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
March 17th 2022


5719 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Lovely album that I wish I discovered a month ago to maybe get it featured. This is quite accessible for vaporwave and can be simply taken as a downtempo/ambient album.



Stream here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYQHGKfNtLE

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dedex
Contributing Reviewer
March 17th 2022


11437 Comments


the combo artist title + summary makes me wanna both check this and not check this

cool lil rev!

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
March 17th 2022


5719 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Thanks. Haha, yeah, I get it, it's a nice record though, closer to synthwave rather than cut and paste vaporwave stuff

arf
March 17th 2022


410 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

B A R B E R B E A T S

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arf
March 17th 2022


410 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

btw if you dig this you gotta also check out Monodrone

especially the album with gigachad on the cover

FadedSun
March 17th 2022


3036 Comments


Never expected to see a review from this artist on here. I've seen a ton of their albums on Youtube.

normaloctagon
Contributing Reviewer
March 17th 2022


749 Comments


Intriguing

Pho3nix
March 17th 2022


1326 Comments


There are better vaporwave albums out there obviously - what a peculiar choice for an album cover though. It does not imply the chill beats contained within this.

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Snake.
March 17th 2022


24321 Comments


we still listening to vaporwave in 2022 huh

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Pho3nix
March 18th 2022


1326 Comments


We'll never stop.

normaloctagon
Contributing Reviewer
March 18th 2022


749 Comments


"we still listening to vaporwave in 2022 huh"

yeah, why, did u stop?

zaruyache
March 18th 2022


25362 Comments


88 in the title is always sus, i presume they aren't buuuuuut

twlight
March 18th 2022


6537 Comments


haven't checked this yet but will,

album "a path" is really good too and on bandcamp

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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
March 18th 2022


5719 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Thanks for the feature mods! I listened a lot to the "pink sprayed" album, don't know the name.



Monodrone has some great LPs indeed.



MO
March 18th 2022


23710 Comments


niiice. love me some vapourwave. telepath and disconscious in particular. will check this

arf
March 18th 2022


410 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

before this he released HFM82 and HFM84, it's just a 80s year and you're being paranoid



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