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Alternative & Indie - Released October 25, 2019 | Polyvinyl Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 14, 2013 | Polyvinyl Records

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After doing the soundtrack for the 2010 Scott Pilgrim video game, New York 8-bit geniuses Anamanaguchi dove headfirst into the recording of their second album. Three years (and many ideas, plans, and diversions) later, the 22-song Endless Fantasy finally saw the light of day in early 2013 on their own dream.hax label. All the time and effort put into recording the music paid off in the end, and the album is something of an 8-bit masterpiece. The band uses hacked Nintendo systems, Game Boys, and live instruments to make (mostly) instrumental music that is blindingly bright and insanely fun. They liken their music to teenaged nights listening to Weezer and playing video games, and they aren't far off. It also sounds a lot like what one would imagine for an Andrew W.K. video game soundtrack, full of energy and possessing an almost heavy metal power when the massed cartridges and guitars form into a tightly wound, ultra-powerful ball of sound. The songs are almost all as catchy as lice in a preschool, with the game consoles playing super hooky melodies and the instruments crashing along behind. Apart from a couple quiet transitional pieces of near-classical calm, there's not a single moment that isn't joyous fun as the band pushes down on the happiness throttle and never lets up -- sometimes sounding like the house band at the giddiest emo-pop (minus the emo) party ever, other times like they were doing the theme music for a super nerdy podcast (which isn't far off since they do that for The Nerdist). The occasional vocal interludes (three in all) show that they aren't a one-dimensional trick band; "Japan Air" bounces frantically like Puffy AmiYumi at +8, "Prom Night" sounds almost like it could be a club hit as the beat pounds along and Bianca Raquel's pleading vocals come across like a cartoon Katy Perry. As impressive as their hacking skills may be, the group's true strength is that if you stripped away the bits and chips, the songs underneath are strong enough to stand on their own. The beauty is that you don't have to strip away anything, because everything happens on Endless Fantasy all the time! It's a one-stop shop for all the goofy sounds, frenetic energy, and fast-paced fun one music fan can handle. Anamanaguchi may not have invented chiptune or 8-bit music, but they've pretty much perfected it. © Tim Sendra /TiVo
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Film Soundtracks - Released January 1, 2010 | ABKCO (US)

Everything connected to the film adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley's comic Scott Pilgrim vs. the World was made with loving attention to detail, so it’s no surprise that the soundtrack to the movie’s tie-in video game is just as well crafted. Of course, most movies don’t lend themselves to video games as well as Scott Pilgrim vs. the World -- which uses video game jargon and imagery to demonstrate how Scott grows as a person as he takes on the seven evil exes of his crush Ramona Flowers -- and fewer still films provide such a distinct aesthetic for a game’s music. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game is a side-scrolling fighter rendered in beautifully old-school 8-bit graphics, and the music follows suit. The game’s developers hired 8-bit band Anamanaguchi to provide the music, and they serve up hyperkinetic tracks that sound like they’ve been hiding on an NES cartridge for a quarter century. While the adorable “Another Winter” and “Suburban Tram” throw in some guitars and live drums for an indie rock twist, most of these songs are pure chiptune goodness, particularly “Sushi Box,” “Maki Ya,” and “Bollywood,” which capture the frenzied pace, rapid-fire arpeggios, and wild pitch-bending of classic 8-bit music. Indeed, “Twin Dragons,” “Technoman,” and “Subboss Theme” nod even more firmly to the game and soundtrack’s inspirations, reaffirming just how much knowledge and affection Anamanaguchi and the game’s creators have for the culture that spawned Scott Pilgrim. Almost as entertaining as the game itself, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game’s music will delight gamers, 8-bit aficionados, and fans of Scott Pilgrim’s extended universe. © Heather Phares /TiVo
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Pop - Released May 24, 2016 | Polyvinyl Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 3, 2014 | Alcopop!

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Pop - Released September 19, 2014 | Polyvinyl Records

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Dance - Released June 24, 2020 | Polyvinyl Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 11, 2020 | Polyvinyl Records

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Electronic - Released September 29, 2020 | Polyvinyl Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 17, 2010 | Polyvinyl Records

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Electronic - Released December 21, 2016 | Polyvinyl Records

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Electronic - Released December 3, 2020 | Polyvinyl Records

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Electronic - Released November 13, 2020 | Polyvinyl Records

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Electronic - Released October 13, 2017 | Polyvinyl Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 23, 2019 | Polyvinyl Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 30, 2010 | Polyvinyl Records

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Electronic - Released March 24, 2017 | Polyvinyl Records