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Coreena’s “Turn it Up”: Bringing Retro Into the Modern World in a Unique Way

Vaporwave is one of my favorite musical genres in recent years. I wrote a post about it a couple of years ago that answered the question “What is Vaporwave?” Today, we will explore it a little more with Coreena’s “Turn It Up”.

I became a fan of vaporwave after watching the Youtube series “Dead Mall Series” by Dan Bell. What makes vaporwave unique is how it takes music from the 80s and 90s and constructs a new tune. Like a phoenix from the ashes. Sampling elements and using familiar beats from the past, these are what makes vaporwave a must-listen genre.

American musician Coreena has recently explored the vaporwave genre. She transforms something new from old with her recent song “Turn It Up”.

Behind the Scenes

The Sage symbol

“Turn It Up” is the second single released by the American musician this year. The song is part of a series called “The Femme”. Coreena plans on releasing a single every 4-5 weeks. These songs are based on a female archetype. So far, “Turn It Up” is the second single in the series.

The female archetype that inspires the recent-released song is “The Sage”. According to the singer’s official site, “the word sage also means “a wise person”. It refers to someone who is wise through reflection and experience. When you give someone “sage advice,” you give them sound advice gained through your life reflections and experiences.”

The Euphonical Masterpiece

You can tell that “Turn It Up” has certain elements from an 80s tune from the very first note. These elements are found in the synthesized instrumentation. The tune opens up with slow, low synthesized notes. Next, it is followed up with Coreena singing the first verse in an ethereal manner. The song then continues on with the pre-chorus, which is my favorite part. Yet, it is the chorus that completes the circle. This part features the retro melodies that are like the ones found in the beginning. 

Like I said above, my favorite part of the song is during the pre-chorus. I love the contrast between Coreena’s vocals and the instrumentation. The instrumentation plays a deep counter-melody during this section. Meanwhile, Coreena climbs up the scale with each note without a hitch. Both parts don’t overpower each other nor bring a sense of discord. Instead, this contrast between the deep counter-melody and Coreena’s ethereal voice is beautifully done. The two complements each other rather nicely! It’s a beautiful blend between dark and light!

Of course, you should listen to the chorus for its retro melody! I can’t point my finger on what exact song, but the chorus reminds me of a forgotten song of the 80s. The synthesizer bits remind me of something from The Breakfast Club. Still, the chorus is a must-listen for its retro beats. But also for Coreena’s splendid musicality.


“Turn It Up” is a magnificent song that mixes retro vaporwave melodies. It is all because of Coreena’s superb skills as a musician and singer. A beautiful blend between dark and light, “Turn It Up” will captivate listeners with Coreena’s ethereal vocals and mystic melodies. The song guides melodies from the past into the present world with its musicality and composition.

Listen to “Turn It Up” below. Check out the song until the end because there is a nice “surprise”. After you listen, let me know what you think in the comments!

About the Artist: Coreena


According to her official website, Coreena is a solo electronic music performer, born in Seattle and now based in Berlin. Using voice looping, analog music technology, synths, and samples, she creates a collage of dreamy textures, slowly evolving melodies, and stuttered rhythms that call back to the roots of IDM, Trip Hop and Soul while simultaneously tackling new emotional ground. Coreena has released 5 indie projects, 4 of which she is the sole singer, songwriter, and producer.

You can check Coreena on these social media sites:

Facebook / Bandcamp / Instagram / Spotify / Youtube / iTunes

Check out her official site for new music, information, and performance dates.

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This Post Has 40 Comments

  1. AMY

    Never heard about Vaporwave. But it sounds really great, Seems like an awesome music genre.

  2. Petra

    She has a beautiful voice. Very calming

  3. HollysHome

    Vaporwave sound awesome! It’s like reinventing my favorite music! I will have to check it out.

  4. Searcy

    Beautiful voice! Love it. Thank you for sharing this I will definitely be listening more.

  5. Jocelyn

    Never heard of the genre, I’ll have to look it up on YouTube

  6. Stephanie

    This is definitely different than anything I’ve heard before. I can hear the mix of different styles which makes it such a unique sound.

  7. Van Tran

    wow I have never heard of it either. I am going to look it up now.

  8. Marjie Mare

    This is really awesome, she has such a beautiful voice. You always find the best songs to share with us.

  9. Shar

    I like the fact that your blog introduces me to different musicians! I’ll head over and listen to Coreena’s music.

  10. Vasundhra

    I’ve noticed that I tend to listen to a lot more of male voice oriented songs. But Coreena sounds like a promising voice, and this song, the dark and light contrast might be my type. Going to check it out, thanks for the recommendation!

  11. Play2WinApps

    had to play the song to get the feel of it. sounds hip and retro. i like it

  12. Joanna

    I have never heard of Vaporwave before. Interesting how Coreena has chosen to promote her music, by launching a single every month. I don’t know any other musicians to do this.

  13. Patrice Jefferson

    You have such a beautiful voice Cuz!!! Keep up the AMAZING work!! Love this vibe

  14. Christa

    I usually don’t listen to much electronic music, but I really loved this song. I love when you introduce me to new music!

  15. Marjie Mare

    My daughter who has the same taste of music as you knows about her.

  16. Marina

    Wow! I’ve never heard of her! This song is great!

  17. trijit mallick

    You have really a beautiful voice that made the song more interesting and the sound mixing was also great, keep it up.

  18. Amelia Pollock

    This is very different for me. Heard it 4 times back to back. Thanks for sharing

  19. Melanie williams

    I have not heard anything like this before. Always good to mix up music tastes every now and again.

  20. Beth

    She has a beautiful voice! I’ll have to check out more of her music.

  21. Maartje van Sandwijk

    This is not my kind of music but she does have a nice voice!

  22. Gervin Khan

    Like reading your blog, it has beautiful content that introducing new musics and musicians. Thank you!

  23. catherine santiago jose

    Wow! This is really something else, loved how you create and transform everything on the song. It gives me chill and adrenaline just watching and listening to it. Keep up the very impressive work.

  24. Kathy Kenny Ngo

    I am really shocked at how much music you have that I have never heard of.

  25. Monidipa

    I have always loved the way u present music. Have not heard of it but I will.

    1. aisasami

      Let me know what you think of the thne

  26. Charlene

    This song is amazing! Thanks so much for introducing me to it!

    1. aisasami

      You are so welcome! Thanks for stopping by 💕

  27. Ching

    I love the music from both the 80s and 90s so I think that’s a really cool concept to add a modern twist to it. Im interested in hearing this!

    1. aisasami

      I hope you explore more of Coreena’s discography! She is amazing

  28. tweenselmom

    vaporwave, what a cool name for a music. Need these kinds of vibes and inspiration these days.

  29. Joanna

    I was curious about what vaporwave was so I listened to the song. It sounds very interesting and she has a very pleasant, melodic voice. I like it.

  30. Lyosha

    looks and sounds pretty nice. Not exactly my cookie but I don’t mind to listen to it on events or in hair salon

  31. Garf

    Never heard of Vaporwave but the music sounds pretty nice. Thank you for introducing me to it.

  32. Maysz

    I love the vibe of this song it sounds 80’s vibe but in modern version I love it!

  33. Bindu Thomas

    I haven’t heard about vaporwave. You sounds great.

  34. Sundeep

    Oh her voice is amazing. After reading all those comments I started listening vaporwave and trust me I am loving the music

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