Nmesh comes from a unique place; much like Skrillex, he was originally into heavy metal (actually a heavy metal drummer) before he got into electronic music (in this case, vaporwave) and turns out both are good at what they do in their respective electronic subgenres. (Skrillex chose dubstep; Nmesh chose vaporwave) and both have criticially acclaimed albums. Dream Sequins is the album which is critically acclaimed and which I’m reviewing right now.
Fun fact: I was actually introduced to Nmesh through one of Jason Sander’s mix (specificially Dollar Menu) and his Public Radio International track made me a believer of vaporwave; or at least started me on the path towards it. Now that I had the chance to listen to it in full, I can safely say that this album is an essential vaporwave classic that is both innovative and distinctive.
What makes it innovative is the usage of dialog samples that come from all sources; radio, TV, movies, films (especially the corporate kind) and they come from all eras (50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and of course, the 90’s.); these dialog samples help to convey a sense of corporatism and false sense of optimism upon the listener and transport them to the world of Nmesh where failed dreams exist and everything you thought you believed in was wrong. Additionally there is innovation in the samples used; he believes in the mantra of “sample everything” meaning “there is nothing that cannot be sampled”; as evident by the usage of Janet Jackson’s (The Knowledge) on the track “If I Tell You That I’m Happy”, nobody thought it could be sampled but hey, if Nmesh could do it, why can’t you?
It’s distinctive for the sounds added that are unfamiliar to the traditional sound of vaporwave; static comes and goes disrupting the experience while unexpected samples aim to either pay tribute or trip up the sound causing a major shift in the albums direction whenever that happens. It’s kind of like the album knows where it went before but can’t go the same direction because there’s a bolder in front of it so it’s forced to go the unexpected route; because of this, the album ends up one of the most unexpected surprises in vaporwave in that it manages to appeal to any audience. If you’re one of the ones who obsess on movie intros on TV and station identifications then well, you’ll notice some neat hints in there that’ll make you appreciate the album and appreciate Nmesh more.
This album feels like a mixture of hip-hop, R&B, 80’s pop and sometimes, ambient tropical noise and it’s all thanks to Nmesh’s experience behind the boards; this kind of perfect mixture is what makes the album what it is and it’s what makes songs like “Climbing the Corporate Ladder” sound distinct and perfect, one moment you’re in a place that you like and then the next you’re in a place that’s unfamilair but you still like it anyway. There’s songs that are one genre and there are songs that mix multiple genres together in secular perfection; this guy based on this album has serious talent in making any genre of music and could potentially make lots of dough in the music business while still supporting his side projects but what truly gives him the integrity is that he does this and only this for the love. Isn’t that something?
Distinctive, innovative and unique all in one. Nmesh’s album is another evolutionary step for vaporwave and music in general; this is profesionally produced, profesionally polished and profesionally random in terms of delivery. Every song here is a classic in the way it’s arranged, sampled and presented and many of them could possibly even make it’s way onto some compilations on Soundcloud or YouTube. (some have to this date) This album is a classic, not in the making but in destiny itself.