Fort Atlantic releases new album on modded NES cartridge, no chiptunes in sight
It’s getting tough for bands to out retro each other these days (what with even cassettes making something of a comeback), but Birmingham, Alabama’s own Fort Atlantic has managed to come up with something that’s likely to break through the nostalgia-filled haze. While you’ll soon be able to buy the band’s self-titled debut album in all the usual formats, you can now pre-order a limited edition version that ships a week before the proper release date and comes in the form of an NES cartridge modded to hold a USB drive ($25 and apparently limited to just 50). That includes the full album in both lossless and MP3 formats, along with an added EP, videos and other bonuses. Unlike past NES album releases, though, there’s no chiptunes to be found here — you can listen to one song from the album courtesy of the Paste Magazine link below, and see frontman Jon Black explain the cartridge decision in the video after the break.
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