You probably know about vaporwave but you probably didn’t know much about seapunk. Did you know that seapunk is mostly aquatic based 90s nostalgia that also has its own musical genre? I didn’t know myself and yes, this is the first seapunk album I’ve listened to. The seapunk culture has already diverged away from vaporwave (and also found itself abused by MTV) but in the end, they’re still one in the same. So what’s the hype about seapunk?
The sounds remind you of vaporwave but the drums, tempo and pacing remind you of Daft Punk during the “Homework” era; like a best of both worlds so to speak. It doesn’t put you in the zone like vaporwave nor does it put you in the mood like futurefunk, no all it encourages you to do is dance and dance very hard. This isn’t music for parties, this is music designed for underground clubs; the ones that still exist and the ones that are hard to find. Underground culture will always exist in some form and to see new musical genres popping up around it puts a smile on my face.
The production is atypical from normal vaporwave; everything sounds like an acid-dance record but cleaned up and smoother than you expect. The drums are hard but the samples are smooth and buttery and the two combined make for an experience unlike any other. Seapunk may not look aggressive but trust me, this is aggressive dance music; it may not be as aggressive as industrial but it’s pretty agressive. Look at S’Express, barely anybody knows about the music behind that project but looking deep behind it shows that they were on the right track.
S’Express could be considered the pioneers of seapunk but iacon can be considered the guy who brought seapunk to the forefront. This is underground dance music at it’s finest and your gateway into a culture that may have been pillaged by the mainstream but for those who still believe in it, remains underground. If you like S’Express then you’ll definitely love this album.