Posts Tagged ‘dark electronic’

April 12, 2018

A mysterious new project named NAVA is turning heads and perking ears with their imaginative brand of electronic pop. They dish out a left of center form of icy dark, visceral raw music on RITUAL. Even the song’s music video seems steeped in mysticism. RITUAL’s pounding drums, and its sharp jabbing, caustic twisting repertoire of spine-tingling elements feels nothing short of spiritually ceremonial. Jungle and industrial are interwoven into the track’s electronica. The resulting fusion, alongside NAVA’s bewitching vocals, are like a blend of Kill J with Fever Ray. Though NAVA only has one Instagram post to date, you can keep up with the enigmatic newcomer(s), here.

March 28, 2018

Closing out tonight with something sumptuously dark and gothy, which is exactly how I like to end the night. In fact, I’m going to rush home and watch me some Santa Clarita Diet, because that’s the sort of humor I like too, twisted and macabre. Gothy synthpop queen Zola Jesus has given experimental electronic producer Blanck Mass (Ben Power of Fuck Buttons) an inky droning, ominous haunting treatment on a spectral remix of Please. The gloriously writhing track is part of a surprise addendum to his recent album World Eater, a digital only EP named World Eater Re-Voxed that also features remixes of Blanck Mass by Naked, M. Lamar, and Gazelle Twin. You can purchase the EP, here.

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. 

January 31, 2018
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If there’s anything that makes me feel alive in the world, it’s music, and the crisp burbling, glitchy simmering fusion of sharp disco and cosmic electro-pop that oozes out of Atella’s new single Alive breaths new life into my soul. Slinky smoldering synths and the Norwegian duo’s distinctly icy Scandinavian vocals courses through our ears like a pulsing potion, engulfing our senses in amorous euphoria. Alive arrives ahead of the release of Atella’s debut EP, Beacon One, arriving next month on Eskimo Recordings. Purchase/stream Alive via major outlets, 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.

November 1, 2017
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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. 

August 22, 2017
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I tend to gravitate to art that is dark and somber, haunting and opaque, no matter if its film, music, or any other form of artistry. I’m pretty sure that’s why I was immediately drawn to School of X’s sound. Rasmus Littauer, the Danish musician behind the project, crafts darkwave tinged alt electronica. New single Forever is a perfect example of why I can’t resist School of X. Its icy mesmerizing synths, urban beats, and fevered vocals fall somewhere in between TR/ST and LISS, with a pinch of recent Portugal. the Man (in particular Noise Pollution from their latest album). Forever is strangely captivating and deliciously skin crawling. You can re-visit Words and the scant few other tunes School of X has offered up on his Soundcloud, here.

August 4, 2017
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If the name Naomi Wild sounds very familiar, it’s probably because of her cameo on Odesza’s latest prismatic and effervescent electronic aria, Higher Ground. She’s also lent her voice to a bevy of other electronic tracks, though she went under a different artist name back then. The Los Angeles artist to watch makes her solo debut as Naomi Wild on a fierce bristling, thorny rumbling R&B pop and hip hop song named Lessons. If you’re fond of the more darkly menacing, rhythmic jabbing tracks put forth by the likes of Rihanna and 

Beyoncé, you’re going to love this hypnotic and visceral thriller. Naomi Wild explains of Lessons: “A few of my exes have tried to make me feel like I’m crazy- and that used to really poke at my self esteem until I realized that I am absolutely insane, and I wouldn’t be the creative mess that I am, nor would I ever learn to love myself properly if I didn’t accept that and own it. And if someone is truly down to ride for me they’ll love that about me.” Lessons is out on iTunes, here.

June 21, 2017

I’m so glad I stumbled upon new music from Trentemøller, albeit a little bit late. I had no idea that the Danish producer and multi-instrumentalist had dropped a new song last month featuring Warpaint’s jennylee. Hands Down is a surprisingly post-punk leaning track, too. You can listen to Hands Down and purchase the track from Bandcamp, here. Today, we visit a “Blissed Out Mix” of the song, an edit by Trentemøller himself that I find myself drawn to even more than the original due to its haunting ambient electronica and its darkwave atmosphere. This remix of Hands Down is like angular Savages blended with gauzy, synthy TR/ST, a combo which I’m sure I wouldn’t be able to resist if the two bands ever joined forces for a tune. This alternate version of Hands Down is also available from Bandcamp, here.

May 4, 2017
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I’m still reeling from the news that just surfaced regarding how Johnny Jewel destroyed tens of thousands of CDs and vinyl after he had a near death experience a couple years ago. Those records were imprinted with that long awaited, highly anticipated new Chromatics album Dear Tommy, whose release date has been long delayed while the band has been apparently re-recording and perfecting the release. Though we’re still waiting for Dear Tommy, we get to enjoy some of Johnny Jewel’s production in HEAVEN’s It’s Not Enough. The song is this Italians Do It Better signed electronic band’s first single, and it comes with a mysterious video whose aesthetic goes perfectly the world’s fresh obsession with Twin Peaks and David Lynch. It’s Not Enough’s droopy darkwave and lavish synthcore is ghostly and foggy, gossamer and wispy… There’s no way this twisted 80′s heart can resist HEAVEN and their first taste from a debut EP.