Posts Tagged ‘darkwave’

May 22, 2018

On July 6th, Grammy-nominated British trip hop and electronic legends Goldfrapp will be releasing a deluxe edition of Silver Eye, their latest album from last year. On it are several new bonus tracks, including a rendition of album closer Ocean featuring none other than Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan. Depeche Mode and Goldfrapp is a more than epic union, and this glorious new version of Ocean more than reflects that. You can find the track on Apple Music, here. Pre-order Silver Eye: Deluxe Edition, here.

May 16, 2018
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Galvanizing indeed is this 18 year old producer’s music, who’s been making waves in the EDM community back home in Wisconsin for awhile now, having built a mass of followers all across major music platforms with his prior releases. The young talent, who goes by the name of Galvanic, has more than caught our ears with an inky dark, gritty snarling new release named Ghost that melds together future bass, trap, electro-rock, and darkwave. It’s the producer’s first release in well over a year, and hopefully it won’t be his only single in 2018 considering how much we’re hooked on the spectral blaze that is Ghost. You can find the single on Apple Music, here.

April 26, 2018
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FUKC already feels like an in-your-face no-punches-pulled sort of name, and the new project certainly leaves it all on the floor and hits us hard with slinky prowling Time To Kill, a darkwave-inflected alt electro/electro-rock thriller that broods stupendously and flexes some major production muscle. It’s a predator of a track, with stalking beats and electrifying rumbles. New duo FUKC consists of Parisian producer DEVOTED and British vocalist Billionaire, who previously proved to be a match made in heaven on their song together, Santa Fe. They’ve chosen to continue that partnership as FUKC, and we can’t be more pleased with this news. The visceral, lascivious single comes on the heels of FUKC’s debut single last month, My Father’s Son, which you can stream below. You can find both tracks on Apple Music, here.

March 28, 2018
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Chi-town electronic whiz Mielo’s The Wayfarer, featuring ethereal vocals by Pauline Herr, gets a truly heavenly remix treatment from a mysterious Ohio based producer who goes by the name Dreweybear. To say his future bass edit is exquisite is an understatement. This is the sort of transcendental yet tender, atmospheric and gentle sojourn that draws out endless deep sighs. Dreweybear’s remix is a balm, an elixir, and a reminder of how beautiful the world is even in its most melancholic moments, when we’ve lost hope and don’t know which way to turn. Follow the light that is Dreweybear’s track as it eventually lifts us high above the clouds with an electro-charged finish reminiscent of the cathartic soundscapes that k?d and Porter oft drop. And if you’re craving for more from Dreweybear, stream his original The Rise, featuring Ashley Apollodor below, and marvel at its seamlessly rendered, bold and dramatic chill trap. 

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.

January 16, 2018

As mentioned in our last post, Moaning will be heading out on tour with Canada’s Preoccupations this spring, and they’ll be complementing the band’s post-punk by slinging plenty of their own gloriously kinked post-punk tracks when they do so, too. The Los Angeles based trio will be releasing their self titled debut album on Sub Pop come March 2nd, and they’ve just shared a second single from the release. Rock out to the video for Artificial, a noisy seething, moody brooding masterpiece that borders on math rock with its vehement drum and guitar patterns. You can also watch the video for the lead single from Moaning’s self titled debut below. Don’t Go is just as thrilling and blearily inebriating tune. Pre-order the band’s debut album, here.

January 16, 2018

Today’s a mighty fine Tuesday for a fan of dark angular post-punk and restless bristling noise rock like me. Lots of fine new music has surfaced in the arena, including a new track from Preoccupations, the acclaimed four piece Canadian band formerly known as Viet Cong. They make their return in 2018 with news of what’s being reported as their strongest and most powerful album to date, named New Material. First single Espionage is a glorious and exultant, exhilarating and jarring anthem. Rough and contorted, ominous and gnarled post-punk greets our ears on this heady new overcast track, which lead vocalist, songwriter, and bassist Matt Flegal says is an ode to depression and self-sabotage. Preoccupations will start their world tour in North America this spring, with a stop at the Rickshaw Stop with fellow post-punkers Moaning on May 14th. I know where I’ll be that night… I caught Preoccupations the last time they played the Rickshaw Stop and it was magnificent. Pre-order New Material, which arrives on March 23 via Jagjaguwar, here.

December 13, 2017

Earlier this year, Toronto synthpop, art pop, and darkwave maestros Austra released a truly excellent album in the form of Future Politics. I was lucky enough to catch the quartet on tour for its release, too. Katie Stelmanis was a goddess on stage, thoroughly captivating and riveting with her operatic vocals while the band entranced and bewitched us with their gothic electronics. Change The Paradigm is a fresh new tune that never made it on Future Politics. It’s almost bewildering it didn’t, considering how well it fits into the album’s sound and how good it is, with its sharp thrilling jabs and icy cold pulses. If you managed to miss out on Future Politics, we highly suggest you get on it, now. It’s available from Domino, here.

December 1, 2017
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Deep rumbling, wavey viscous Chakra Daemon is a more than inebriating new song from Foreign Air, the forward thinking “nomadic” duo who’s been making an indelible mark in the indie/alt scene with their music these past couple of years. There’s a gloomy overcast quality to the tightly woven song’s slurring synths and dark electronic pulses. Chakra Daemon is a more than potent and heady track inspired by discourse raising topics like evolution and bio-mechanics. Chakra Daemon also pulls from an unlikely source – the ubiquitous email bounce back bot “Mailer Daemon,” in a comment on how so much of one’s daily routine is heaped in negative, harmful energy. We can’t help but dig the darker, electro heavy vibes that Foreign Air is slinging on their new song. The duo just wrapped up a short stint supporting Bishop Briggs, and they’ll be begining a new co-headlining run of dates with SHAED on November 30th in Chicago. You can also stream Chakra Daemon and Foreign Air’s prior releases via Spotify, here.

November 16, 2017
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Cologne based four piece Xul Zolar are here to drop your jaws with a sensational new offering named Soft Drones. Darkwavey alt pop fuses with a wall of purring indie electro as Xul Zolar carries us away with their multi-faceted and ecclectic genre bender, a percussive clattering, lavish swelling sojourn replete with icy synths and funk guitars. Soft Drones is about as unique a taste off Xul Zolar’s forthcoming debut full length as can be. Fear Talk arrives January 19th via Asmara Records.