Posts Tagged ‘dark wave’

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.

September 2, 2017
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I’m so glad surf rock isn’t dead, because I love sun bleached, windswept rock. I thank the music gods for exciting bands like Surf Rock is Dead, who’s been at the forefront of reviving the sound in the indie scene. Our love affair with the Brooklyn based duo continues as they serve up angular post-punk on jagged Everything They Said. The dark jaunty tune ventures into both darkwave and psychedelic territory with its rich swirling, moody brooding synths. Everything They Said’s rhythmic cadence and notched guitar also deliver the sublime hypnosis of math rock in spades. In short, Everything They Said is everything I love dearly in rock. Kevin Pariso and Joel Witenberg, who hail from Chicago and Melbourne originally, have delivered a sumptuous song reminiscent of Day Wave, Beach Fossils, DIIV, Joy Division, and Preoccupations. They’ll be dropping their new EP, We Have No Friends, on October 6th in both vinyl and digital formats. The vinyl version will include the band’s debut EP, SRiD, on its b-side. Pre-order, here.

July 14, 2017
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It’s been three years since Joyland, TR/ST’s sophomore album. The full length dropped in spring, and I have distinct memories of listening to it while driving between campgrounds and hiking trails over the summer because I was that obsessed with the Canadian project’s bewitching dark wave and synthpop music. Today, TR/ST is back, with a glorious song named Bicep, at that. This noisy sawing, clamorous pulsing gothic and industrial pop piece sports razor sharp edges and ominously entrancing beats. Word is, TR/ST is readying a new album for early 2018. It seems like a long time to wait, but patient we must try to be. I’m sure it’s going to be well worth it. I also can’t wait for TR/ST to head out on tour in support of the album. TR/ST shows are ravey spectaculars, with ridiculous light set ups.

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.

February 3, 2017

If you haven’t yet checked out the new Depeche Mode that dropped yesterday afternoon, you need to check it out, now. Where’s The Revolution is easily one of the best songs the legendary English band has put out in years. The single is a rich reverberating, synth whirring eruption of politically nuanced suspense and splendor. The dark call to arms is the first taste from Depeche Mode’s new album Spirit, due out March 17th via Columbia Records. Pre-order Spirit, here, and get Where’s The Revolution instantly.

January 29, 2017

If you’ve yet to listen to Austra’s latest album and you’re as fond of dark wavey goth pop as I am, you need to sit yourself down and pop Future Politics in for a listen. Not only does the album boast tunes that befit the chaos of our nation this past week, but the record is chock full of gloriously pulsating, richly whirring gems. Aside from favorites like Future Politics and Utopia, one of the songs that struck a chord with me from very first listen is I Love You More Than You Love Yourself, a creeper of an operatic jam that grows on me with every new listen. The song is practically a two movement sonata, an epic and expansive ballad that spans a multitude of emotions. A brand new video for the tune affords us the opportune chance to dive into this beautifully ambling gem. The video was inspired by US astronaut Captain Lisa Marie Nowak. If you follow the news you likely recall the rather startling story of her attempt at murder nearly a decade ago. Purchase your copy of Austra’s Future Politics from iTunes, here, or Domino Records, here.

December 6, 2016

Toronto’s darkwavy synthpop darlings Austra seems to deliver us a message very much appropriate for our somber political era from deep within a new music video for Future Politics, the title track from the band’s forthcoming full length. This riveting clip explores both change in values and transformation of vision, resulting in a whimsically fitting companion for the edgy pulsating, bold innovative synthpop found within the song. In fact, Future Politics feels like it could truly have come from the future. It scintillates with rapid thrumming tech beats and Katie Stelmanis’ ever operatic & baroque vocals. Austra has quickly fanned the fire of my excitement for the arrival of their new album on January 20th. Pre-order, here.

November 2, 2016
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Young Los Angeles talent Billie Eilish cast a spell upon the world with songs like Ocean Eyes and Six Feet Under earlier this year, quickly springing up to be one of the most beloved watched pop starlets of the moment. As a result, many brilliant producers have expressed their love of her music through various interpretations of said songs. There are perhaps none as more intriguing and unique to date as Jerry Folk’s remix of Six Feet Under. The Norwegian producer gives the melancholic ballad a ghostly echoing, synth oscillating downtempo edit, one I find darkly gripping and beautifully breathtaking. Jerry Folk’s remix of Six Feet Under is his first in awhile after having focused on his stunning originals this past year, but what a way to make a return to the editing spectrum this is. 

November 2, 2016
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UK indie rockers PLAZA, not to be confused with the R&B project from Toronto who goes by the same pseudonym, invites us back into their world with a dreamy shimmering, languid drifting cut named Youth. This leisurely coldwave and unhurried post punk song is opaque and hazy. It tosses me into a gloomy entranced state of mind. The temperatures are dropping outside, we’ve had many a day of stormy rain, and the leaves are quickly disintegrating off the trees. There’s no better way to keep our restlessly introspective minds sublimely employed than this deliciously swirling, icy twirling gem. Youth will be out on Friday November 4th via Beyond The Wall.

October 20, 2016

Fans of Austra’s dark wavey, gothy mesmeric synthpop are rejoicing today at the news of a brand new album. The Toronto four piece will be releasing their third full length, Future Politics, on January 20th. To double our excitement and joy, Austra has also unveiled a brand new single via an immaculate music video. It’s been a very long time since we’ve heard from Austra, and it’s such a welcome delight to hear Katie Stelmanis’ pristine voice once again. Utopia’s glacial baroque pop and dreamy haunting electropop leave me incredibly excited for Austra’s next album.