Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Izioq "Hey Listen!" (2018)

Within the space of a week we have been graced with two new, short but sweet Izioq records! Late Night Golfing ventured into the spacey, nostalgic world of vaporware and the cutely named Hey Listen! brings us back to familiar territory. Its another selection of warm, fuzzy and carefree songs arriving here, set to relax and wind us down with colorful melodies that breeze through fields of innocence. Much of this record hits on the familiar childhood feels, the mixing of retro textured Chiptune VGM instruments and soft synths with warm piano melodies is as vibrant and characteristic as ever. Another round of youthful and spirited songs play us through the wonders of imagination, Its much of what Ive said before that applies again and so its probably unsurprising that my focus turns to the moments of difference.

The title track erupts with some spice as Latino guitars bustle warm cultural chords, somehow mixing right in with splashes of sound that introduce bright, cheerful melodies on chirpy waveform instruments, the chemistry is wonderful and unexpected. Hermits gets a nod for its wonderfully quirky opening tune that swiftly finds its way into a warm and spirited place as the music so often does, its opening goof diverting expectations. The Album will perk ears with a sampling of Lisa Simpsons voice, the song itself slow and dreamy, drifting in a precarious, slightly dreary but free of danger atmosphere. The final track Happy Meal sounds almost like another project altogether, its deep and rich atmosphere pulling on emotional strings similar to the likes of Sigur Ros, its welcome but feels like a different avenue of mood. All in all its another fine collections of melodies with a couple of sparks from rewarding experimentation.

Favorite Tracks: Hey Listen!, Hermits
Rating: 5/10


  1. Hey X! I've been waiting on this one!
    (Sorry for the long comment, I kept rambling a bit)!

    I can't get enough of Izioq. He is truelly special!
    Ever since you used it in your timelapses of Hermitcraft 3 (I'm subbed from halfway Season 3). Ever since Izioq holds a special place in my heart with his music. It's just so nostalgic to me! The first two albums in particular. Whenever I listen to it the nostalgia gets back. All memories get back. Example: when I listen to 'Sad and Lonely' I think back to the Sky Factory 3 with Ren. When hearing Pizza+VHS+Friends, I think back to the timelapse of you taking down a prank. Just a chill moment on Hermitcraft 3. You have truelly made Izioq's music a special place in my heart!

    On a musical note: His first two albums are the classics. His other albums are great as well, but it's the specific songs as well that are great! This album continues on Izioq's line of Chiptune music. It's not very different music. Although I do really like the mixture of styles, Gerudo Valley (LOZ OOT), Chiptune and a flavor of 'Epic music' from 'Hey Listen!'. It's not all that random of an album, he has many more random albums then. I'd rate it an 8, but I'm a big fan of Izioq.

    A personal note: You are an amazing YouTuber. I want to thank you for everything you do. You've made me love the new MC textures all thanks to LPMT being a really good series! Of course I want to thank you for your blog. I enjoy checking out new records (I did so on Collapse // Expand. It's great!). Thanks as well for kinda introducing me to Izioq! Keep continuing being you, keep derping, keep up the good work!

    Greetings from the Netherlands!

    1. Note: with 'Hey Listen!' (the bit about styles) I meant the song, not the album, the album has nothing with Gerudo valley..! :)

    2. Thanks for the lovely comment :-)

  2. I know you don't like his music that much, but Kanye West has two albums coming out at the beginning of June, you might want to check those out

    1. I don't like Kanye's music? xvxJeez who said that! Im really looking forward to the two new projects :-)