“Even if you have no clue what you’re doing, it only takes a few seconds of poking and prodding the screen to get grooving with Figure. Extreme accessibility makes Propellerhead Software’s stylish music-making app a fun toy to noodle around with whenever you’ve got free time to kill, but Figure’s real strength lies in that it’s powerful enough that you can just as easily take it on-stage and set the dance floor on fire with some seriously infectious electronic jams.”
I like that Kevin Hagge decided on an abbreviated chip music moniker that blends imagery of sword-wielding heroes and fireball casting magic users. And the classic NES reference certainly does not escape me. As Wizwars, he busts out some hard to resist Game Boy tunes in the oh-so-lovely 8-bit aesthetic that titillates my cranium. On Game Boy Rock, Hagge’s particular blend of chiptunes falls somewhere between fist pounding chiptune rock and super catchy dance tracks. It’s been on heavy rotation in my iPod for a few weeks now, keeping me company on trips to GameStop and the super market.
Each song on this short e.p. is tightly crafted and chock full of delicious melodies. Game Boy Rock has been out for a while, but that’s no reason to pass it by. You can download the album for free or support Wizwars by spending human money to purchase a hard copy on CD for $8. Either way, check it out.