Stephen Patitucci is an artist from New York who recently released Night Vision. Patitucci explains: “Night Vision is a passion project of songs written from the heart. Whether it be personal experiences, or just lyrics based on my favorite books. Though artist Jack Stauber is the main influence and inspiration behind it, the album was also a way for me to find my own musical style as well as to get practice in taking music more seriously.”
Night Vision is an album that could have only been created somewhat recently. It’s very digital, computerized sounding and the songs sound like something you would hear in early Nintendo video games. It’s called chiptune. There’s almost no sort of feeling that any instruments are actually being played. More often than not it feels like it’s locked on a grid bouncing around based on programming.
The album opens with “Elastic Plastic” and the feeling here is cartoonish and zany. There are some solid melodies but very little in terms of emotive qualities. The next song “Father” is less video game like. There are sort of dramatic lyrics that mix with the chiptune, like virtual instrumentation.
Patitucci has some success with “Clock” and it’s a slower song with manipulated vocals while “Lwyd” is very fantastical and quite cartoonish and psychedelic sounding. “In The Brush” is a somewhat dramatic spoken work with atmospheric music behind it. You can’t make out any lyrics due to the delay and it felt a bit comical.
“Pill’ is a highlight. It’s his best attempt at creating catchy melodies and ’80s midi sounds together. It’s somewhere between chiptune, Devo and Ween. Great song! “Night Vision” was another highlight due to the vocal melodies. The dark Castlevania sounding “Cupid” had its moments and I enjoyed “Interstellar” as well.
The album would have benefited from mastering to even out the RMS levels of the songs but the mixing was solid.
Overall, I found this to be an original sounding release and unique approach that blends unlikely genres. Take a listen.
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