[Archive] NPR review of Haircuts for E​-​girls by DΛRKNΣSS

Good evening, and welcome to All Things Considered. I’m your host, and tonight we’ll be taking a deep dive into the latest release from the up-and-coming electronic artist DΛRKNΣSS, titled Haircuts for E-girls.

At first glance, the album’s title may seem frivolous and perhaps even a bit juvenile, but don’t let that fool you. This album is a carefully crafted masterpiece of the vaporwave genre, with elements of glitch and experimental electronic music woven throughout.

The album kicks off with “Do you listen to 𝘣𝘢𝘳𝘣𝘦𝘳 𝘣𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘴,” a track that sets the tone for the rest of the album with its haunting melodies and dreamlike atmosphere. From there, we’re taken on a journey through the various moods and emotions that DΛRKNΣSS has expertly crafted throughout the album.

One standout track is “nobody understands,” which features a hypnotic beat and eerie synth lines that build to a climactic finale. It’s the kind of track that will get stuck in your head long after you’ve finished listening to the album.

Another standout is “cigarettes and vodka,” which features glitchy beats and chopped-up samples that create a sense of disorientation and unease. It’s a track that perfectly encapsulates the vaporwave aesthetic, with its nods to retro aesthetics and a sense of nostalgia for a bygone era.

Throughout the album, DΛRKNΣSS expertly balances a sense of melancholy with moments of hope and optimism. It’s a delicate balancing act, but one that he pulls off with ease. Tracks like “reality always sounds sad” and “he hurt me, I killed him” showcase his ability to create beautiful, uplifting moments without ever becoming saccharine or over-the-top.

Overall, Haircuts for E-girls is a stunning achievement in the world of vaporwave and experimental electronic music. It’s a genre-defying album that manages to be both nostalgic and forward-thinking, and it’s a testament to DΛRKNΣSS’s skill as a musician and producer.

If you’re a fan of vaporwave or experimental electronic music, then this album is an absolute must-listen. But even if you’re not familiar with the genre, I highly recommend giving it a try. You may just find yourself swept away by its haunting melodies and dreamlike atmosphere.

In a world where so much music sounds the same, it’s refreshing to hear an artist who’s willing to take risks and push the boundaries of what’s possible. And with Haircuts for E-girls, DΛRKNΣSS has done just that. This is an album that will stand the test of time, and one that I highly recommend to anyone who’s looking for something truly unique and special.


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