Currently making music in the great Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Videogamergal is a little lady with a vivid imagination and musical prowess. Constructing music based off of pictures in her head heavily influenced by a life of video games. Her equipment involves a pimped out computer, screwdrivers, glass bottles, rockstar cans, and “Rockband” instruments (keyboard, drums, and microphone) connected to a homebuilt gaming computer.
Videogamergal’s latest album ‘Paper Rockets’ was an online collaborative project. She sent messages to all participants (people she’d met over the years) and collected files via online. Her brother DJ Limpyleg is also featured on the album.
The sound production on the album is crystal clear and occasionally surprising for an indie production. Played through a decent pair of headphones or even speakers, it creates sonically mystifying experiences in places. The entire album, delivers mostly regular length tunes, instead of the overlong self-indulgent fodder normally associated with this genre. A lot of the sounds are very catchy, emotional and best of all, inspirational.
The spine-chilling ambient patterns, thick percussions, and delicate electronic effects are what paints the aural pictures here, so well. Even though at times, it may not necessarily come across as ‘easy-listening’ material because of it’s particular harmonic and melodic structure, the compositions however, remain innovative and charmingly creative.
Videogamergal and associates tend to keep the beats and the tempo up whilst managing to never loose sight of the fact that breaking new ground does not necessarily mean making totally inaccessible tunes.
As is evident on the album opener “In A Flash Of Light” featuring Secret Weapon or on Dj Limpyleg’s “Rolling Hills”. All of the music retains a certain kind of appeal, a quirky coolness with a feelgood vibe.
On listening, it becomes clear that ‘Paper Rockets’ is more of an acquired taste with it’s deep, emotional, ambient tunes and panned out rhythmic crescendos, which all in all, make the whole album truly interesting.
A quick listen to highlights like Dj Limpyleg & Videogamergal’s “After The War” or Videogamergal’s collaboration with Chad McKinney on “Safe Is The Chase” confirms the intense creativity and yet comfortable accessibility of most of the compositions.
While obviously tracks like “The Robot Is Magnificant” and “Test For Now Delete” require ears that are more accustomed to this genre, of sometimes eclectic and ethereal sound creations.
‘Paper Rockets,’ through Videogamergal’s maniacal gaming vision, offers the sound of technology meets melody. It describes the ebb and flow, between fast and slow, between playful and sad, between sane and mad, and the constant conflicting motion of real and virtual, within which we live.
If you distinctly like the sound of intelligent techno-ambient-experimental-whatever music, then check out Videogamergal’s new electronic album.