It goes without saying that there’s a lot of chip music out there. A lot. Well, no longer should you fear, for on this day comes a new (weekly) feature from Twinfinite in which I dig through my chiptune collection and throw you loyal readers the best that I have to offer in terms of the genre: one or two albums, and, in most cases, these albums will be easily obtainable (legally!) for the perfect price of nothing.
Since this is the introduction to the feature, I thought it best to include my introduction to the genre: Anamanaguchi’s Power Supply. Onwards!
In the genre, this album was my absolute first. Impressed by the band’s soundtrack for the Scott Pilgrim beat-em-up, I knew that I needed more, eventually stumbling upon their first album (available for free at 8BitPeoples). From this single album, my obsession has been fueled, helping me to turn into the chiptune enthusiast that I am today. Due to its status as the band’s first album, it obviously lacks much of the polish and refinement that Anamanaguchi has picked up over the years, but despite this, I still consider it to be some of the best? The reason? It’s just fun.
If you’re not familiar with the group, imagine a rock band with some guitars. Loud, fast, electric guitars, playing in unison. Add an NES on top, taking the place of the lead singer and filling out much of the instrumentation. That’s Anamanaguchi. Forging ahead with reckless abandon and boundless energy into a loud and dense soundscape with an alluring mix of real instruments and chip, they have a signature sound that goes far beyond mere chiptune.
The amazing thing about Power Supply is the sheer variety packed within its seven songs; no two are alike. One of the definite highlights is Airbase, an intense piece which alternates between repeated guitar-heavy riffs to a more melodic, chip-driven segment. The fact that Airbase has failed to grace the OST of a single game is, in my eyes, downright criminal. In almost complete contrast is Flora/Fauna, an amazingly smooth and (in the context of the album) mellowed-out song that ebbs and flows beautifully. The thing is, every single track on the album is incredibly catchy, making the inability to sing along (due to lack of vocals) the second greatest crime involved with Power Supply.
Even after all these years, Power Supply remains a favorite for a reason. It takes no effort to become swept up in the overflowing passion and youthful energy contained within every song. So please, try the album out. You won’t be sorry.