In the opening track Sleepyhead, Smiletron brings an emotive and honest compositions to life through the use of a warm chiptune lead and finely produced backing tracks. It follows with a the Sleepyhead Astro Remix, a expansive, dance version of the opening track. Smiletron does an excellent job of maintaining theme throughout the album, the acoustic piano track Somewhere Else takes us to a new space, but somehow it feels familiar. The closing track is a solo piano arrangement, that sets us down peacefully. Smiletron comes through with tight production and a warm master, Daydreams is the next level for this talented young musician.
A big, not surprising secret, I’m a huge Guitar Hero nerd. Somewhere burried deep in my subconscious I truly believe that a good enough play-through of a song on expert mode accurately simulates what it’s like to play the real song in front of a huge screaming crowd at some ridiculous animated venue. I also was terribly addicted to DDR for my bootleg PS1 back in the day. I blame it for the reason I didn’t eat a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich until I was 20 years old.
But enough about my pathetic video-game based upbringing, because you absolutely need to go download D+PAD Hero this minute. It’s a rhythm game, like Guitar Hero and DDR, but it’s been created as a NES rom you can play on an emulator. It’s like what rhythm games would have been like if they came out in the 80s. A very cool creation by the D+Pad Hero Team, it features sweet chiptune covers I’ve been listening to on repeat since I started writing this post.