Far Side Virtual

James Ferraro - Far Side Virtual
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2011 Ratings: #277 / 907
User Score
Based on 31 ratings
2011 Ratings: #130
October 25, 2011 / Release Date
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Hippos in Tanks / Label
Vaporwave / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
FACT Magazine

Containing enough irony, humour and hyperactive, intuitive compositional development to infuriate academics and bewilder many, Far Side Virtual is a modern masterpiece in both an artistic and musical sense.

77
Coke Machine Glow
This is by far Ferraro’s strangest, most memorable, and most out record yet.
76
Pitchfork
You suddenly realize you're listening to 45 minutes of utilitarian music that doesn't really have a purpose. Can something be utopian and dystopian at the same time? Probably. Maybe even always.
70
Tiny Mix Tapes

Besides adhering to his familiar sonic longings and rather than dampening the message, Far Side Virtual succeeds in exciting the collective memory of that generation now so conjoined to its technological appendages.

70
Drowned in Sound
There’s a lot to admire about James Ferraro, and for better or worse there’s no-one really like him in modern underground music, but you need to be cool with the possibility that you’re getting pranked.
60
Spin
If you can wade through the excruciating sitar-synths, bank-lobby melodies, home-fitness techno, and infomercial drum breaks, Ferraro’s playfulness blips into view
MinatoArisato
70
An icon in the Vaporwave community, Far Side Virtual really does sound like the future. James Ferraro's instrumental introspection on technology and consumer culture can be a bit draining or boring but these sounds are peaceful to say the least. Each track just sounds beautiful and lush utilizing samples of everything from the Windows start up noise to a Nintendo Wii. It's worth a listen and a decent record.

Best Track: Solar Panel Smile
Worst Track: Dream On
musicmagpie55
80
An interesting object in the history of Vaporwave. I would recommend it for someone curious about the potential of the genre as a mode for producing music rather than recycling music. Far from perfect, Far Side Virtual is a fascinating look into nostalgia, kitsch, and internet culture.
EntryIncomplete
93
A standout and hugely influential release within the genre of vaporwave, this album serves as a weird, semi ironic critique of modern consumerist and tech based society.
While corny in nature, there's an immense beauty to the arrangements if you let them surround you.
amygoodall
80
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Track List

  1. Linden Dollars 
  2. Global Lunch 
  3. Dubai Dream Tone 
  4. Sim 
  5. Bags 
  6. Pixarnia And The Future Of Norman Rockwell 
  7. Palm Trees, Wi-Fi And Dream Sushi 
  8. Fro Yo And Cellular Bits 
  9. Google Poeises 
  10. Starbucks,Dr. Seussism, And While Your Mac Is Sleeping 
  11. Adventures In Green Foot Printing 
  12. Dream On 
  13. Earth Minutes 
  14. Tomorrow's Baby Of The Year 
  15. Condo Pets 
  16. Solar Panel Smile
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