Posts Tagged ‘dark electropop’

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. 

May 10, 2018
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Girls, if we were music, would we be salty synth barbs, caramelized into spicy ashes and dripping with curvy, fiery beats? Maybe not all of the time, but for a moment, that’s exactly what “Girls” are, as we take in UK singer songwriter Salt Ashes’ dark electropop anthem. Her new single is ravishing per usual, and brimming with mettle and moxie, a smoldering bop which Salt Ashes describes is about a situation many of us can relate to. She explains it’s about:  ’…

when someone makes an assumption that you want more than just friendship based on their interpretation of how you act or dress. The track is about breaking the stereotypes of people who want to express themselves and their sexuality freely without the “slut shaming” or being told that they’re “asking for it”.’  This is a more than relevant topic as the world contemplates the #MeToo movement, so often countered by victim blaming. Salt Ashes new song is sizzling hot, and so are some of us foxy girls and how we like to dress. Don’t be vain, it’s not about you. Salt Ashes’ Girls is available from iTunes, here.

May 9, 2018
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We love what Turntable Kitchen has been doing with various artists, teaming up with them to release full covers of classic albums and artists on vinyl. The latest such ear turning foray involves Washington, D.C. indie duo GEMS, who’ve chosen to cover John Lennon’s LP Imagine in its entirety. Crippled Inside is the latest single they’ve shared from the project. We never expected to hear Lennon in quite such a fashion, but GEMS has created a gorgeously dark electro/alt-pop rendition of Crippled Inside, inflected with shades of breathy Phantogram and hints of Kate Bush’s Running Up That Hill. Deliciously warped synths adorn the sensuously bewitching cover. GEMS’ cover of John Lennon’s Imagine is available exclusively from Turntable Kitchen’s SOUNDS DELICIOUS vinyl subscription service, here.

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.

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 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 28, 2018
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Young Londoner Zoey Lily has taken her sweet time to present us with her music since she made her bewitching debut a year ago with Edges. And all we want is more of the singer songwriter, especially now that she’s released her third single, More, a pensive simmering track with soft tickling beats and contemplative guitar strums. Its willowy, supple pop and haunting shadowplay reminds us of Billie Eilish, but darker, with some smoky Lana Del Rey innuendo, too. The single even takes on a woozy, dusky aura in its closing moments that leaves us thoroughly inebriated. Zoey Lily says of More: “I wrote this song about a guy I met a while ago who left the impression of being the super cool kid everyone admired and wanted to be like. When I got to know him closer I realised that he was struggling a lot to keep up with the image he created himself and actually felt very worthless and empty. In his own way he kept letting me down because he wasn’t able to let me in.” You can purchase the signer songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, and dancer’s latest single, here.

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.