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According to Rob Mason, owner of Old Flame Records, Diaz was careful to slowly acclimate listeners to his expanded musical palette on Replicants. "The first side is geared toward the older Millionyoung sound, a little more electronic, dancier, and the second half showcases the new, spacier rock 'n' roll direction the band is heading in."
A cynic might read the album as a deliberate attempt to distance Millionyoung from the "chillwave" label, which, like many internet-fueled movements, already seems to have endured several waves of backlash. However, the band insists the shift is an organic one, the natural result of the creative input from newly minted band members. In fact, both Diaz and Rizzo willingly concede a continuing kinship with chillwave's progenitors. "In hanging out with Chaz [Bundick of Toro y Moi] and Ernest [Greene of Washed Out], I can say that we definitely have similar approaches," says Diaz.
For Rizzo, a lot of the similarities among the artists come back to the fundamental paradox that lies at the heart of chillwave: conjuring the sounds of a bygone era via modern technology like the laptop. "What brings us together the most is the problems we have playing electronic music live. The challenge is getting it all to sound like it's one song, not just different pieces of things playing at the same time."
It's an issue that extends beyond live reproduction to the music itself. Millionyoung's album is far from seamless, but then, the fragments seem an essential part of its allure. Chillwave, after all, was never about replicating the past but rather piecing it together from memory.