Posts Tagged ‘electro clash’

May 18, 2018

Fiery mettle and a prickly bite adorns the latest “boss” single from Brighton quartet YONAKA, who are set to hit a flurry of festivals this year including Primavera, Pukklepop, and more. I’m sure F.W.T.B. would be a resounding treat to experience live at one of those events. It’s a punchy rumbling, edgy sharp electro-charged alt pop song with a whole lot of rebellious attitude. F.W.T.B. is the follow-up to the band’s well-received debut EP, Heavy last fall. It’s an anthem about self-empowerment that exudes YONAKA’s defiant disposition. Frontwoman Theresa Jarvis says: “The song is a big ‘f*ck you’ to anyone who tries to get in your way and tell you no.  It’s about taking back the power, standing up for yourself and being heard.” Grab the tune, here. Keep up with the band’s tour and festival dates, 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 10, 2018

Let’s kick off a fresh set with a new tune from Russian feminist punk rock outfit Pussy Riot, who are about to kick off their inaugural US tour, including an appearance at SXSW and two sold out sets at the intimate Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco! The ladies have even linked up with famed producer Dave Sitek (best known nowadays for his role in TV on the radio) for the cacophonous bristling anthem, too, which further showcases Pussy Riot’s new electro-charged sound. Bad Apples is, as Pussy Riot themselves said, “dedicated to really disgusting things.” It’s their way of portraying the unilateral quality of most music. Instead of romance and parties, they want to focus on the darker, uglier side of things too. They’re just as important, just like topics like climate change, gun control, political activism, sexism, abuse of power, and more. I already have my ticket to their San Francisco debut, but I’m hoping for some luck on Tuesday. My flight to Austin gets in late afternoon, after which I need to pick up my badge and check in at my “home” for the week. Pussy Riot’s much heralded SXSW show is the very same night, about two hours after my arrival! Bad Apples is available from iTunes, here.

March 1, 2018
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Jouncing and dark, icy and pronounced comes Not Human, a debut single from a New York based electro-pop artist who goes by the name elegant slims. It seems rather fitting that we shared Ladytron’s surprise new single earlier this afternoon, because Not Human carries some of the trademarks of the project’s frenetic thumping noise pop and glitchy whirring electro clash. But there’s also an elevated urgency and carnal intensity to be found in this wild barrage of restless synths and resounding vocals that can evoke The Knife, Fever Ray, or even Austra. Not Human’s futuristic concept is also portrayed in the track’s artwork, created by famed NYC based artist David Kraftshaw, the creater of the Twitter bot YouTube Artifact, in collaboration with Aron Belka and Damjanski. elegant slims says: “this song is about the darkness we know exists in the world. it conveys the process by which a human becomes non human or sells their soul,  so to speak.  there is a lot of that going on right now. the space where madness and animal instincts take over, either for pleasure or for power. its a fascinating layered existence to be human and then to unravel. this is the tightrope song of that dance. elegant slims is an outlet for examining the human mind, pleasure, pain, and creative expression. hope you enjoy the ride.” Stream/download the mysterious but striking newcomer’s first exhilarating song, here.

March 5, 2012
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Starting a belated morning off with something deliciously grungy from electro-rock duo The Unkindness of Ravens. They continue to catch my attention with awesome industrial noisy tracks. Here’s their latest single Last Call For The River. Though not as filthy, gritty and noisy as some of their previous songs I’ve checked out, it’s still extremely satisfying and an earworm of a catchy tune. I like this. A lot. Seriously.