Posts Tagged ‘coldwave’

November 16, 2017
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Cologne based four piece Xul Zolar are here to drop your jaws with a sensational new offering named Soft Drones. Darkwavey alt pop fuses with a wall of purring indie electro as Xul Zolar carries us away with their multi-faceted and ecclectic genre bender, a percussive clattering, lavish swelling sojourn replete with icy synths and funk guitars. Soft Drones is about as unique a taste off Xul Zolar’s forthcoming debut full length as can be. Fear Talk arrives January 19th via Asmara Records. 

October 25, 2017
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Somewhere in between gothy darkwave and 80′s synthwave is Choir Boy, a project created by singer songwriter Alex Klopp. Considering my endless love for both those genres, it’s no wonder I’m drawn to Choir Boy’s new single Sunday Light. The dream pop veteran recently signed to Dais Records. Sunday Light is his first glossy intoxicating release on the label. I find myself thoroughly bewitched by this Blue Oyster Club meets Wild Beasts meets Chromatics sort of spectral pulsing dazzler. The single is out now with B-side Madeline on 7″ vinyl, here

October 3, 2017
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Leeds outfit FEHM has been making quite a name for themselves back home in the UK since they released their acclaimed debut EP, Circadian Life. They now bring us a mesmeric dose of their dark angular post-punk and gazey coldwave on Last Breath, a track off their new double A-side, Last Breath / Human Age. If you’re fond of bands like Interpol, Preoccupations, White Lies, and such, like we are, you’ll find yourselves falling head over heels for FEHM’s inky glum Last Breath. The new double A-side arrives October 27th via the band’s own label, Everything Has Meaning. 

September 2, 2017
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I’m so glad surf rock isn’t dead, because I love sun bleached, windswept rock. I thank the music gods for exciting bands like Surf Rock is Dead, who’s been at the forefront of reviving the sound in the indie scene. Our love affair with the Brooklyn based duo continues as they serve up angular post-punk on jagged Everything They Said. The dark jaunty tune ventures into both darkwave and psychedelic territory with its rich swirling, moody brooding synths. Everything They Said’s rhythmic cadence and notched guitar also deliver the sublime hypnosis of math rock in spades. In short, Everything They Said is everything I love dearly in rock. Kevin Pariso and Joel Witenberg, who hail from Chicago and Melbourne originally, have delivered a sumptuous song reminiscent of Day Wave, Beach Fossils, DIIV, Joy Division, and Preoccupations. They’ll be dropping their new EP, We Have No Friends, on October 6th in both vinyl and digital formats. The vinyl version will include the band’s debut EP, SRiD, on its b-side. Pre-order, here.

August 15, 2017
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Midnight Faces, the alt rock project fronted by prolific music man Matthew Doty, has shared a sumptuous new single in the form of Devils Money. The Los Angeles by way of Grand Rapids outfit engulfs us in hazy reverbs and swirly synths on this luscious mixture of shoegaze, post-punk, synthwave, and indie rock, which is pretty much a coalescence of everything I love most dearly. Devils Money is out now on Dangerbird Records as part of their monthly singles club MICRODOSE, yet this is one mega dose of blissful and sublime sonic brilliance. 

July 29, 2017
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English four piece Violet Youth will be releasing their new EP, Primary Nature, on fledgling imprint Modern Sky UK come September 8th. But they’ve been kind enough to give us a preview of the four track record on Soundcloud, here. As soon as I heard the shimmering shoegaze and glowering post-punk on opening track Reliable Sources, I was hooked.  It’s exactly the sort of overcast and moody rock that I love. Coldgaze and darkwave combine on this scintillating gem. Violet Youth is a band for those who love Interpol, The Cure, Joy Division, and Echo and the Bunnymen. Violet Youth will be playing a special hometown show in Blackburn to preview the EP at The Bureau on July 29th prior to their show at the Plastic House at The Deaf Institute in Manchester on August 19th. 

July 19, 2017

California two piece Dead Astronauts, an 80′s inspired project who’s been around since 2011, describes their sound as “lo-fi new wave from an alternate universe.” The pair recently released a music video for their song To Find Her, which is lifted off of their 2016 album Arms Of Night, and it afforded me a fine chance to discover my love of that aforementioned sound. To Find Her’s lunar landscape is dressed in darkwave decadence. It evokes my love for TR/ST, Depeche Mode, Interpol, Chromatics, and so many other bands, all at once. Dead Astronaut’s Arms Of Night album can be streamed in full on Soundcloud, here. Purchase from iTunes, here, or on vinyl/cd, here.

July 15, 2017
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This new Chesterfield indie upstart may be named TRASH, but their sound is far from trash. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. It’s treasure, if you ask me. 81 is these boys second single, lifted from a self titled EP due out next month, and it’s a hazy amalgamation of shoegaze, indie rock, dream pop, surf rock, and new wave. In other words, it’s right up my alley, kind of like how Wild Nothings, Joy Division, DIIV, Beach Fossils, and The Cure are, too. The quartet has already developed a fearsome reputation on the live circuit supporting the likes of Clean Cut Kid, RATBOY, and Splassh this past year. They explain that 81 is about living for the moment, taking risks, and enjoying life, because before you know it, you’ll be 81 and it’ll be too late. You can pre-order TRASH’s EP on 10″ vinyl, here.

June 1, 2017
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They made be named Bad Channels, but I’m loving everything that this Toronto band is channeling on their latest single Exo. Darkwave, dream pop, synthpop, post-punk, shoegaze, electro… this one has it all. This nebulous tidal wave of whirring synths, billowing vocals, and crashing drums is heavily steeped with 80′s nostalgia. Its Chromatics meets John Hughes, Au Revoir Simone meets TR/ST resplendence makes Exo the perfect Twin Peaks accompaniment. I can totally picture Bad Channels playing this song in the Bang Bang Bar. Exo is the lead single from Bad Channels’ Lost Time I EP, due out June 9th. Head to Bandcamp to pre-order or snag the single.

March 30, 2017

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Nutrition, a producer from Whian Whian, Australia, provides divine aural nutrients aplenty via his brilliant remix of Ruby Haunt’s gloomy brooding gem Freeway Crush. It’s a crisp and cool, mellow and chill indie dance edit that boasts an irresistible groove. It’s impossible not to crush on this laid back jam. Darkwavey flourishes are met by chillwavey disco, making this one of the more unique edits of the moment.  Nutrition’s remix of Freeway Crush is out now via Majestic Casual Records. Purchase the track from major outlets, here. You can also stream the remix via Soundcloud below.