Posts Tagged ‘dark electronica’

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

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. 

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 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 8, 2017

“Stay away” is one thing we refuse to do when it comes to this superb new tune from LA based artist Kyler Slater, who caught tastemakers’ attentions earlier this year with his song Through The Motions. He makes a welcome return with dark, slinky alt pop and bass wobbling electronica on Stay Away. The song seems to teeter and totter on an edge. You can’t keep away from that electrifying edge, despite the danger and trepidation it might involve. Kyler Slater says of the song: “Stay Away is a cautionary tale, about a situation where I gave too much of myself to someone, who wasn’t good for me and who didn’t care about my well being or how things ended for me. Be careful who you let get close.” Stay Away will be on Kyler Slater’s debut EP, Vacant. Stay tuned for release information. 

October 24, 2017

By fortuitous chance, we encountered an enigmatic production project on Soundcloud the other day named DIVINE. As you’ve probably figured out from following IHM in the past, this music head is incredibly fond of the dark and haunting. DIVINE’s music is just that… it’s witchy and gothy, ominous yet euphoric. In fact, this mysterious project has gone and remixed Purity Ring’s rendition of HEALTH’s Life, and I couldn’t be happier with the ghostly droning, spectral humming results. DIVINE is a fine discovery just before Halloween hits us in just over a week from now. For another taste from the project, stream Haunt You below, and revel in its glitchy pulsing, chime tinkling umbral beauty. 

September 23, 2017

Some of you might be familiar with Mai Lan solely through her collaborative work with M83 on his last album, Junk, but this imaginative French-Vietnamese artist has been releasing daring and edgy music of her own for quite some time. Her last EP, Vampire, came out earlier this year, and now she’s shared a trippy yet austere new music video for its opening track. Pas d’amour is a spectral work of art. Its minimalist aesthetics add to its taut intensity, and though I can’t understand the French lyrics of the song, I can’t help but enjoy the delicious sugar laced dread and Mai Lan’s crisp vocals found on the bass wobbling track. Mai Lan plans on releasing her next full length, Autopilote, on November 3rd. We’re thrilled to hear the new material. You can find her Vampire EP, here.

September 6, 2017

Hanne Hukkelberg is one of Norway’s most acclaimed, influential, and vital artists, but she hasn’t released an album in five long years. Her fifth full length, Trust, is set for release on October 20th on Propeller Recordings, and she’s utterly transfixed me with new album cut Embroidery, which features fellow Norwegian singer songwriter Emilie Nicolas. She explains of the song, brimming with haunting art pop dissonance and dusky trip hop: “It’s about us, and our friendship; about how difficult it is to hold on to this profession and to be strong and patient in your music, and your work, and your life.” Embroidery really seems to braid and throttle like its finely and ornately woven. At times, it reminds me of Hundred Waters, but at other times, it’s like Massive Attack and Portishead. Pre-order new album Trust, here.

August 22, 2017

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.