D Nova − Life Is My Videogame | EP reviewCultureMusic
D Nova’s debut EP, Life Is My Videogame, is aptly titled and if you can’t relate to life as seen through gamer goggles, you may not be the target demographic. The EP is firmly rooted in the fairly niche 8-bit genre, which may be alienating to some but is sure to find appeal amongst its fans.
Life Is My Videogame doesn’t lend itself to solo listening, but it’s not difficult to imagine the tracks being a hit on the club scene, or certainly making for an interesting live show. Musicians perform in “Game Boy heads” at the gigs, proving the artist’s commitment to blending gaming with his music. Embracing what D Nova refers to as “videogame sound”, there’s an undeniable adolescent quality to the music and with it comes a fair bit of fun.
The so-far unsigned artist is making waves with his quirky sound and was featured among the acts in the 2012 BBC Music Video Festival. Despite this recognition, 8-bit firmly remains a subculture. If you’re unfamiliar with it, the genre is initially slightly shocking and D Nova’s music can often come across as harsh. However, if it’s not so foreign to you, there’s enjoyment to be found in the tracks.
At times, Life Is My Videogame feels like a repetitive Auto-Tune assault, but the cocktail of influences has its moments of clarity. The title track is a particular highlight while EP-opener Needless is just that – sharp and unnecessary. Ultimately, it’s a sound that’s not for everyone but is consistently daring and boundary-melting. D Nova describes his music as “post-pop”, so unless you’re ready to leave the past behind and venture into a futuristic musical landscape, it may be best to stick with what you know.
Life Is My Videogame EP is available now here.
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