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The radical aesthetic of Vaporwave album covers is a bizarre vista through a distantly familiar decade.

Drawing on the aural tropes of MOR, Lounge and Smooth Jazz, the Muzak infused micro-genre recalls the 90’s through a haze of chopped and screwed sax riffs and slowed mid-tempo crooning. Appropriately, the accompanying net art movement plays on themes of heady commercialism and Information Age induced loneliness as merchandising motifs of the decade are thrown onto early computer graphics and marbled 3D renders sit atop Anime stills.

We’ve catalogued 20 Album Covers from 2015 that exemplify the audiovisual accelerationsim unique to Vaporwave.

20. 2814 – 新しい日の誕生 [Dream Catalogue]

2814 - 新しい日の誕生 Cover

19. Quick Brown Fox – 滝ジャンプ移動しないでください

Quick Brown Fox - 滝ジャンプ移動しないでください Cover

18. Haircuts for Men – +0 EP [DMT Records]

Haircuts for Men - +0 EP Cover

17. Amun Dragoon – Socotra Island

Amun Dragoon - Socotra Island Cover

16. Oscob/Digital Sex – OVERGROWTH [Dream Catalogue]

Oscob/Digital Sex - OVERGROWTH Cover

15. 神秘的情人 – 泰合志恒 [Tokyo Exchange]

神秘的情人 - 泰合志恒 Cover

14. TASPO – SIMULATION

TASPO - SIMULATION cover

13. G A M E S H A R K – SHARK 2 [Midnight Moon Tapes]

G A M E S H A R K - SHARK 2 Cover

12. HELLCOM – MAGAZINE [business casual]

HELLCOM - MAGAZINE Cover

11. PEGA – 新しい日

PEGA - 新しい日 Cover

10. 企業のamerica – Pythagori’s Journey 現代の

企業のamerica - Pythagori's Journey 現代の Cover

09. VA – The Eternal Dream System [Dream Catalogue]

VA - The Eternal Dream System cover

08. ECO VIRTUAL – ATMOSPHERES 第4

ECO VIRTUAL - ATMOSPHERES 第4 cover

07. Sandtimer – Leave With Us [Nirvana Port]

Sandtimer - Leave With Us Album Cover

06. チェスマスタ- 夢に生きます [Nirvana Port]

チェスマスタ- 夢に生きます cover

05. APOLO TREVENT & CUSTOMER SERVICE – PARTNERSHIP [Midnight Moon Tapes]

APOLO TREVENT & CUSTOMER SERVICE - PARTNERSHIP Cover

 

04. Sandtimer – Vaporwave Is Dead [Dream Catalogue]

Sandtimer - Vaporwave Is Dead Cover

03. PZA – CAPITAL CUSTOMER​ [business casual]

PZA - CAPITAL CUSTOMER​ Cover

02. Golden Living Room – Post-Internet

Golden Living Room - Post-Internet Cover

01. Roex – ジオフロント (GeoFront)

Roex - ジオフロント (GeoFront) Cover

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