Posts Tagged ‘dark electro pop’

May 16, 2018

Beautifully haunting doesn’t even begin to describe Tula’s latest single, Bullet. The Berlin based Swedish songstress offers up some dusky aching electronica and pop after having captivated us with her exceptional voice and exquisite minimalist pop for the past several years. That’s right, the first time we ever featured Tula was well over five years ago, when she riveted us with a now gone for the interwebs performance on Berlin Sessions. Bullet’s sparse soundscape is punctuated by glitchy trembling sonic patterns and trip hop styled percussion, all tied together by Tula’s vocal performance. Its gossamer and opaque production is reminiscent of Marian Hill’s future pop fused with Sevdaliza’s sinuous twisting music. Bullet is a ghostly and near-macabre ballad whose music video is fittingly crepuscular and austere. Watch the film below. 

February 23, 2018

I’m insanely thrilled that Zola Jesus and Alice Glass have announced a co-headlining tour named SnowBlood, plus they’re bringing Pictureplane along for the ride, too. I’m so stoked, I’ve already purchased a pre-sale ticket for their April 28th stop at the Independent in San Francisco. As a long time fan of all that involves gothy electro pop and haunting darkwave, this stacked lineup couldn’t be more splendidly enticing. Zola Jesus, long known for her synthy art pop and hypnagogic darkwave, has followed up that news with a brand new track named Bound, too. The frosty propulsive track is her first new material since last year’s acclaimed album Okovi, as well as her fresh new contribution to Adult Swim’s Singles Series. She’ll also be releasing a new B-sides collection named Okovi: Additions, which includes unreleased outtakes from Okovi and several remixes. Okovi: Additions arrives April 6th. Learn more about her co-headlining tour with Alice Glass, here.

February 2, 2018

Our only prior experience with SVRCINA was from her guest cameo on Sj’s Flicker last month, but it’s obvious now that we’ve listened to regal and cinematic, dark and riveting new song “Who Are You?” that we’ve been missing out on an immense Nashville artist. The song is an inky bristling, furiously burning electronic pop song whose opaque allure and sultry enticement rivals that of BANKS, but presented icily in a vast and thunderous electronic soundscape. SVRCINA’s voice is magnificent on the resolute marching, passionately prowling song. Apparently, the song is being used in a slew of Empire promos, none of which I’ve been lucky enough to catch on TV. Preview and purchase SVRCINA’s prior releases on iTunes, here.

January 25, 2018

We’ve been fans of Swedish electropop artist Karin Park for years, and it boggles my mind how we missed out on the news of a project she’s now involved in, named Pandora Drive. Fortunately, we’ve stumbled across last month’s lyric video for the trio’s single Albino Heart, a slick pulsing, stringy lush, dark and cinematic combination of icy ethereal synthpop, deep house, and gothy electropop. The atmospheric song is just what tickles our fancy, a dusky engrossing anthem and an undeniably catchy introduction to this new iteration of Pandora Drive with Karin Park. Albino Heart is available from iTunes, here.

January 25, 2018

Though I’m still rather dejected over the retirement of Swedish experimental electro-pop collective The Knife, I’ve been elated for the past few months over the return of Karin Dreijer Andersson’s other project, Fever Ray, who’d been silent for well over eight years before the sudden release of her sophomore album Plunge. Fever Ray’s strange and esoteric, dark and edgy electropop, much rooted in the macabre and gothic, is right up my alley, and I can’t get enough of Andersson’s new music. Today, Fever Ray shares a music video for Plunge track Wanna Sip, giving us some sinister and eerie visuals to go along with the icy droning, glitchy needling song. Fever Ray also announced a North American tour this week, which concludes in Oakland on May 26th at the Fox Theater. You can count on my presence at that show. It’s going to be a magnificent experience, no doubt. I’m eagerly awaiting the arrival of my CD copy of Plunge next month, too. You can grab your own, here.

January 9, 2018

LUME, the spellbinding newcomer from the UK who mesmerized us with her dark pulsing, synth whirring debut Magnets just a few months prior, is back with yet another bewitching noire-pop single. It’s called Tip Of Your Thumb, and it’s a moody tingling, ominous winding sophomore track that solidifies LUME’s status as a pop artist to watch. On it, she highlights themes of getting sucked into other people’s issues and drama, as related to internet trolls and gossiping. Fierce brooding Tip Of Your Thumb, which LUME wrote and produced in her bedroom studio, is a scintillating taste and the title track from her forthcoming debut EP.  “I wanted the song to feel like it was playful, whilst relaying a deeper message,” explains LUME, who built the song around bluesy chain-gang verses. She continues, “it’s about the culture of typing our thoughts and fighting social media wars with smart phones, where our thumb takes over to replace our voice.” LUME’s four track debut EP will be arriving in March. You can re-visit debut single Magnets below, or stream her music via Spotify, here.

December 5, 2017

Lately, I’ve been wondering a lot about Kate Boy, the dark electronic pop project involving members from both Australia and Sweden who’ve been entrancing us with their glacial electronica and edgy pop for many a year both live and through their riveting recordings. Their glowering, frigid sound and pulsing beats are very much right up my alley, and I’ve been missing them dearly. Though they made a welcome and unexpected appearance on Slow Magic’s Mind earlier this year, Kate Boy has been MIA for a very long time. This month, they’ve finally dashed back onto the scene with True Colours, which comes with abstract visuals that match the song’s chromatic allusion and shadowy scenery. Kate Boy ventures deeper into experimental waters with the eccentric release, reminding us of Kill J, The Knife, and Björk with their sinuous winding, serpentine clattering composition. True Colours is a dance of light and shadow, a wondrous and fantastical sonic embrace to welcome us back into Kate Boy’s magnificent world. Stream/purchase the single, here.

November 1, 2017

Mina Rose may only have a couple of songs out and about on her Soundcloud since her debut two months ago, but this Londoner is quickly turning ears and drumming up buzz with her dub heavy, trip hop clattering pop bewitchment. Second single Kingdom is a moody brooder and droopy haunter, but it’s also elegantly sophisticated and percussive entrancing, like FKA Twigs’ atmospherics crossed with Ibeyi and JAIN. Its late night smoky groove and ghostly dissonance create a sense of mystique and spin a web of sensuous entrapment to which we’re inescapably drawn. You can stream debut single Lemons and Limes below and partake in its ska/reggae inspired snazzy slink. 

October 12, 2017

Once again, we find ourselves drawn to Lupa J like a moth to a flame. Instead of burning our wings and sending us to our demise, the 19 year old Australian artist invigorates us and breathes new life into our souls with her bewitching electronica and pop on new single Moth. Its dark pulsating, icy haunting lilt slowly bursts forth into vibrant dazzling, restless skipping splendor. The closer this moth gets to the “flame”, or the deeper we dissolve into this song, the more intoxicating and heady the experience. At times, Moth feels like Björk mixed with some Nine Inch Nails, it has an industrial undertone and a visceral quality to its lyrics, too. Re-visit the classically trained violinist’s prior releases on Soundcloud, here.

August 16, 2017

Jumpy synths and a searing voice welcome us into I Want You, our fortuitous first encounter with a South East London pop sensation who goes by the name WØLFFE. She’s hit us hard with a dark glowering yet torrid seductive form of electronica and R&B pop. If its fire and lust, fangs and glitchy edginess you’re drawn to, let WØLFFE entrap you with her dark electropop. I Want You is like Jitter era Grace Mitchell crossed with BANKS. Though she’s rather a mystery to us at this point,


has apparently well loved back home in the UK, where she’s been headlining shows, with her next one on October 4th in London. You can listen to more of her music on Soundcloud, here.