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Acoustic Piano Meets Chiptunes, And It's Freakin' Lovely

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Chiptune music is all well and good, but I like to give my ear something to hold onto along with all the bleeps and bloops. So I very much enjoy Aivi & Surasshu's new album "The Black Box," which mixes the keyboard chops of pianist Aivi Tran and the chiptune stylings of Surasshu.


It helps, of course, that the original compositions are lush, melodic, and well put-together, and the covers—including Yoshihito Yano's "Lonely Rolling Star" from Katamari Damacy, are approached with faithful enthusiasm.

As a neat touch, the album-download comes bundled with a cool 14-page comic from Diana Jakobsson, who also did the cover art above. It's nice; here's the first page:


The whole album captures a jazzy, melody-obsessed video-game pastiche, and I've been really enjoying it. Head on over to Bandcamp and give it a listen.