Ornate ballads emerge from a soothing sandy vista…
A prolific slushwave pioneer meets with a mysterious ambient artist, embracing you as they sleepily walk through dark, loamy textures, beckoned by distant voices that ameliorate like mirages, buffeting atop a cool, calming breeze.
Hiraeth Records present 鹿児島 砂漠 (Kagoshima Desert), a sonic journey and collaborative release by popular artist desert sand feels warm at night and elusive producer ⦓🍊⦔ タンジェリン, fit with swirling tracks decorated with fine shimmering textures.
A unique sound, borrowing heavily from slushwave as well as more challenging genres like the unorthodox sampling style of post-vaporwave and the uncanny atmosphere of dark ambient, the artists drape elongated ballad-like instrumentation over patiently swaying percussion. Soundscapes smoulder with warmth and a welcoming tone in front of you, quietly playing out under a cool twilight sky as notes and beats stretch up through the darkness above.
You are swayed gently on an ambient breeze, your eyes squinting slightly as the wind’s soft edge sprays fine sparkling sand into the ether, swirling with a slushwave brilliance in the foreground of your view. The visage rolling and blossoming modestly in the night as desert sand feels warm at night and ⦓🍊⦔ タンジェリン project beautiful piano-led slowjams up into the balmy air above you.
オアシス (Oasis) bubbles with a quaint tranquillity as a crooning voice drowsily calls out, the content of its siren song ultimately lost in the swirling music and its cushioning encasement of fizzling, lofi texture, save for occasional piano stabs that lift the fog for only a moment.
Similarly straddling the lines between relaxed and striking, 危険の思考 (Thoughts of Peril) takes the form of an echoing ballad, slowed almost to its sonic breaking point. Resonant keys dance elegantly toward the horizon, fading from sight as smoothly as they appeared. The track’s conclusion swallows you in earthy, deep vocal tones meshing together with breathy instrumentation, simultaneously peaceful and out of the ordinary. A post-vaporwave methodology that speaks not to ideas of nostalgia or collective memory, but to a deep, quiet place within one’s soul.
オレンジ色の空 (Orange Skies) exemplifies this gritty but ultimately inviting texture, with foaming drums washing over and submerging a melody line, pushing it into the middle distance of the soundscape. As the artists deftly employ techniques of slushwave in a new and innovative way, new experiences are offered through subdued and modest melodies harbouring a knowing warmth rather than bursting to life with crescendos and dramatic surges.
About desert sand feels warm at night & ⦓🍊⦔ タンジェリン
Among the most electrifying voices of the emergent modern electronic music scene is desert sand feels warm at night, the pseudonym of UK musician William Hallworth-Cook. Desert sand feels warm at night is one of the pioneers of the vaporwave “slushwave” subgenre, a style popularized by t e l e p a t h テレパシー能力者.
Melding the holistic, layered ambience of slushwave with the melodic worldbuilding of dreampunk, desert sand’s breathtaking work transports listeners to futuristic cities, naturalistic vistas and lonely highways. Active since 2018, Desert has released over a dozen albums on several different record labels.
In 2024, desert sand feels warm at night released 鹿児島 砂漠, a dark ambient/slushwave drone project in collaboration with ⦓⦔ タンジェリン. He is also one half of “沙漠鱿鱼“, along with Uncle Squidz. Together they created dreampunk ambient classic “上海／香港” , which released on Hiraeth Records in 2020.
⦓⦔ タンジェリン (Kagoshima Tangerine) is a mysterious artist from – allegedly, Kagoshima, Japan. Taking inspiration from The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation and Bohren & Der Club of Gore, Kagoshima Tangerine creates an unique form of dark ambient that leans into the ambient side of slushwave. Kagoshima Tangerine worked together with desert sand feels warm at night on 鹿児島 砂漠, released on Hiraeth Records in 2024.
As their artistname suggests, Kagoshima Tangerine releases albums each titled with an emoji! You will find albums titled as “🍊”, “🌸”, and “🗻” – just to name a few. The latter album is an enormous project clocking well over six and a half hours long!
⦓⦔ タンジェリン has released cassettes at various labels such as Global Pattern,
Virtual Beach Club, ATMO, First Class Collective, Rei Records, Shatterfoil Industries, and No Problema Tapes.