2814

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2814
OriginLondon, United Kingdom
Genres
Years active2014–present
Labels
  • Dream Catalogue
  • Ailanthus Recordings
Members
  • t e l e p a t h テレパシー能力者
  • HKE

2814 (stylized in fullwidth characters as 2814[1]) is an English/American collaborative ambient and vaporwave project of the electronic musicians Telepath テレパシー能力者 (stylized as "t e l e p a t h") and HKE (an abbreviation of the earlier moniker "Hong Kong Express"). The duo are best known for their sophomore album, Birth of a New Day (新しい日の誕生), described by Rolling Stone as "a late night cruise through the cyber-future dream highway."[2]

History[edit]

2814 debuted in 2014 with a self-titled release on the Internet music label, Ailanthus Recordings.[3][4] The album was followed up in early 2015 by Birth of a New Day, released digitally and in a limited run of CDs on HKE's own label, Dream Catalogue.[5][6] An Indiegogo campaign later in 2015 to press a double LP record version of the album ended with £6,432 at 161% of its goal.[7][8] The project released its third album, Rain Temple, in 2016.[9][10] In 2019 duo released compilation album, Lost Fragments, containing their previous works found in other compilations, as well as new releases.

Influence[edit]

The project has described their own work as a focus on the surreal qualities of vaporwave rather than 1980s or 1990s aesthetic. In their interview with Rolling Stone, HKE said when describing Birth of a New Day, "We wanted to show how the whole vaporwave vibe could be made as original music rather than just relying on the same muzak and kitsch-pop samples everyone else had been using for years..." Their later album, Rain Temple, was described by HKE as "intense, dramatic and cinematic" and as containing elements of spirituality.[11]

Reception[edit]

As of 2015, their albums were often staples of the "best-selling" page of Bandcamp.[2]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details
2814[3]
  • Released: October 25, 2014
  • Label: Ailanthus Recordings
新しい日の誕生
(Birth of a New Day)[6]
  • Released: January 21, 2015
  • Label: Dream Catalogue
Rain Temple[9]
  • Released: July 26, 2016
  • Label: Dream Catalogue
Lost Fragments
  • Released: July 5, 2019
  • Label: Dream Catalogue

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Pillar / New Sun[12]
  • Released: February 2018
  • Label: Arcola

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Interview: Dream Catalogue (HKE, 2814)". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  2. ^ a b "10 New Artists You Need to Know: November 2015". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2016-10-21.
  3. ^ a b "2814, by 2814". Ailanthus Recordings. Retrieved 2016-10-21.
  4. ^ "Interview: Hong Kong Express - 2814". NeonVice. Archived from the original on 2016-11-04. Retrieved 2016-11-02.
  5. ^ "Interview: Hong Kong Express - 2814". NEONVICE. Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  6. ^ a b "新しい日の誕生, by 2814". Dream Catalogue. Retrieved 2016-10-21.
  7. ^ "2814 - '新しい日の誕生' on 2xLP, 12 inch vinyl". Indiegogo. Retrieved 2016-11-02.
  8. ^ "Interview: Dream Catalogue founder HKE". Marcel's Music Journal. Retrieved 2016-11-02.
  9. ^ a b "Rain Temple, by 2814". Dream Catalogue. Retrieved 2016-10-21.
  10. ^ "Dream Catalogue releases "Rain Temple" by 2814". Sunbleach Media. Retrieved 2016-11-02.
  11. ^ "Vapour Dreams: An interview with HKE of Dream Catalogue and 2814". Neon Dystopia. Retrieved 2016-11-02.
  12. ^ Bleep. "2814 - Pillar / New Sun. Vinyl EP. Bleep". Bleep. Retrieved 2018-02-04.

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