Posts Tagged ‘dark electronic pop’

May 16, 2018
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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. 

May 11, 2018
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Still very much cloaked in intrigue and mystery is NAVA, though we have learned a little bit more about the artist since she made her debut last month with mystical RITUAL. As it turns out, NAVA is a solo project created by Nava Golchini, and the Milan based Iranian singer songwriter has followed up her first single RITUAL with another left-field experimental electropop work of art named NAVIGATE. Navigate we do, through its razor-sharp tribal drums, dark nomadic synths, and skittering trip hop beats, absolutely delighted by an enigmatic soundscape and its icy opaque threads. Like RITUAL, NAVIGATE is a near spiritual, thoroughly imaginative experience that evokes Fever Ray and Kill J, but less caustic and more inquisitively meditative. Re-visit our RITUAL feature, here, as we await further treats from this bewitching sonic shaman. 

April 12, 2018
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We’re immensely grateful we live in a world where some of the best in new music gets dropped right in our laps by hard working musicians and talented artists. Thank you, ggnoaa, for sharing your first single No Education with us. The electro-pop duo from Tel Aviv consists of 15 year old singer Noaa and producer Oren Emmanuel. And they’ve captured our hearts with a song both pitch-black dark and blazing hot like fresh burnt cinders. Noaa’s scratchy, smoky voice drives No Education’s inky bewitchment. Slow coiling synths, thunderous drum claps, and a labyrinthian electronic soundscape create a tense and suspenseful aura. R&B pop is fused with experimental electro-pop on the track, which channels slivers of Kill J and Banks. You can follow ggnoaa on Twitter, here, where we hope they’ll be announcing more music soon.

March 23, 2018
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I’m incredibly grateful to come across Esther Joy, an emerging London-based singer songwriter and producer whose dark, heady left-field electro-pop is acerbic and sharp, jolting and thrilling. That’s right, this is goth tinged, electro-punk inflected electronic deliciousness, exactly the sort of turbulent, menacing, and stormy music that we love. Day 4 (Landing) is her new track from forthcoming The Acid Caves Vol 1 EP, due out April 27th. For another taste of that EP, stream Day 1 (Silipur Leaves Home) below and let it totally transfix you with its icy opaque electronica, much like a mesmeric fusion of all that we love from Alice Glass, Kill J, Zola Jesus, and the likes. Those in the UK can catch a surely electrifying Esther Joy performance at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton this May. 

March 1, 2018

Is it just me, or has the music landscape in Denmark been particularly fertile these days? Copenhagen based singer songwriter Jenny Rossander, better known as a soloist as Lydmor, adds to the area’s plentiful aural delights with her new single Money Towers. She was inspired by a six month stint living in Shanghai, which lead her to blend foreboding bass lines and bright synths on the first track from her upcoming album due this autumn. Electronica, dancehall, and pop intertwine on the track, reminding us of icy pulsing songs from the likes of Karin Park, Snow Culture, Nick and the Dove, and Kate Boy. “In the song I describe the feeling of roaming about in Shanghai and observing (and to some degree being blinded by) the material wealth symbolized in the imposing skyscrapers,” says Jenny, “The song also has a more sinister tone, considering that it deals with meeting new people while you’re in a state of disillusion. You’re worried that you might not notice or even remember the people you meet. It is quite personal and revealing.” Stream/purchase Money Towers, here.

February 13, 2018
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I’ve never been in a panic room before, much less had one in any of my humble abodes. From everything I’ve picked up from books and films, it should be a place associated with horror and suspense, fear and discomfort. Yet, Au/Ra’s Panic Room is a svelte and supple beauty. I suppose that’s what a panic room should do… comfort and soothe, keep you safe and snug, no matter the monsters and demons tearing at the door. The Ibiza born, Antigua raised songbird is as bewitching as ever on her new electro-pop song. Though darkly propulsive, it’s also a velutinous consolation, with gauzy whirring synths and gossamer beats. Au/Ra wrote the song about anxiety, an affliction most of us are no strangers to nowadays. Even if we were at the brink of a full blown panic attack and nearly in the grasp of a horrid nightmare, Au/Ra pulls us back to reality with her song, an enthralling reminder that we’re not alone in these situations. 

February 2, 2018

We’ve been sounding the alarm on Sevdaliza for several years now, that’s how much we’ve been taken by the Dutch-Iranian artist’s sinuous twisting, eerie haunting music, a shiver inducing experimental blend of sensual R&B, dark pop, and trip hop inflected electronica. Her music is always gut wrenching and visceral, and the one time I was fortunate enough to catch Sevdaliza live at SXSW in Austin a few years ago, she blew me away with her stage presence and seductive performance. There was no taking your eyes off of the magnetic artist as she belted out her dusky, shadowy songs. Come this year’s Noise Pop Fest in February, Sevdaliza will finally make her San Francisco debut at the Swedish American (February 24th). I highly recommend you join us in adoring and idolizing the artist & her mesmeric appeal. Until then, entangle yourselves in her voluptuous snaking and murky haunting new song, Soul Syncable. It winds around us and bores into us. Like a snake under the spell of a snake charmer, we can’t help but writhe and bend in hedonistic exultation. Soul Syncable is available from 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 24, 2018

All Crystal Castles disappointment aside, there’s no denying that Alice Glass is still a queen as a solo artist when it comes to dark noisy electro-punk and barbed abrasive electro-pop. In fact, she tickles our ears and jars the whole of our beings with a fresh new tune and video named CEASE AND DESIST today, which she wrote herself, with additional writing and production turned in by Jupiter Keyes (formerly of HEALTH) as well as noisecore producer Dreamcrusher. Delightfully crushing indeed is this sublime sensory overload, replete with Alice’s wild and exhilarating wailing. “This song is a call to arms for all survivors,” says Glass. “But being a survivor often means feeling afraid, it means sometimes feeling worthless, like you can’t go on. We need to fight back against those who have victimized us and against the feelings that tell us to give up inside. Sometimes we think we deserve the pain others have inflicted on us. This song is what I need to tell myself to get through each day, and what I hope other survivors can remember when they feel like they can’t make it through the darkness of their own recovery. Every day is a fight.” The message is a striking one considering the current state of affairs, both for Alice Glass and her own experiences as well as every other woman finding her voice as a courageous survivor right now. CEASE AND DESIST arrives as Glass’ first new release since her debut solo EP last year. We’re hoping we get to catch her new music live soon, since it’s been a very long time since we’ve had the pleasure of taking in the gloriously savage and untamed stage presence of Alice Glass. You can purchase CEASE AND DESIST from iTunes, 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.