Posts Tagged ‘electro punk’

May 17, 2018

One of the first things I did this morning after I got up was listen to the new Nine Inch Nails (whilst doing some planks, because I really need to, because I’m like way too out of shape lately, but I digress). Dark muddy God Break Down The Door raised my heart-rate in an instant. Frantic drums and glowering vocals abound on the wicked track, which even boasts some incredibly spectral saxophone. It’s a song that reminds me of NIN’s stint on Twin Peaks: The Return. It would’ve fit right in with the haunting performance they turned in on the cult television series. I have a feeling Lynch is really digging the new offering, which ventures deep into electro punk territory alongside its industrial electro-rock. God Break Down The Door is our first scowling, snarling taste from NIN’s next full length, Bad Witch, arriving June 22nd on Capitol Records. Pre-order the long awaited return, here. Oh, and by the way, happy birthday, Trent Reznor. 

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.

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 7, 2017

After eight years of album silence, Karin Dreijer Andersson of now defunct The Knife suddenly released her sophomore album as Fever Ray last week. And with Plunge’s digital release comes a flurry of ghoulishly haunting music videos for the electro-pop artists dark gothy tunes. Though a physical release for Plunge won’t arrive until late February (I lament the delay!), I’ve been enjoying these songs digitally, and my current favorite video and song is likely the above Mustn’t Hurry, an icy dark, woodwind blustering treat that feels like Kate Bush crossed with The Knife. Plunge is available digitally, here. Watch more of Fever Ray’s deliciously unsettling new videos for Plunge tracks below, including ones for Wanna Sip (a close second favorite for me at the moment), A Part Of Us, and Falling.

August 18, 2017

For die hard Crystal Castles fans like me, though we’ve come to lovingly embrace Edith’s role in the project and Alice Glass’ exit, our earliest, most cherished CC memories will always be associated with the young artist’s shrill screams and spectacular persona on stage. Today, Alice released a surprise solo EP, her very first and one that we’ve been ravenously waiting for, for a very long time. Aside from that phenomenal first single Without Love, the self titled release includes five other icy haunting, dark pulsing delights. A couple of my immediate favorites are Forgiveness, which you can stream above, and murky jarring Natural Selection, which you can find below. The full EP can be streamed on Alice Glass’ YouTube channel, here, or Spotify, here. Purchase the EP from iTunes, 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.

February 25, 2017

Gothy electro rockers HEALTH have been silent since their 2015 album Death Magic, so it’s with great pleasure that I encountered a brand new track from the trio this week. Dark whirring Euphoria, despite being an original, arrives as part of HEALTH’s new DISCO 3 remix album. The other tracks that flesh out the album include remixes by the likes of Haxan Cloak, Preoccupations, Purity Ring, and more. It’s obvious this is an album I need to check out, stat. HEALTH’s video for the spine tingling tune is made up of footage from the band’s past. DISCO 3 is out now on iTunes via Loma Vista.

February 17, 2017

Fabulous news arrived yesterday from Pixx, the imaginative British artist who cast an all encompassing spell on us early on with eerily scintillating debut, A Way To Say Goodbye. Hannah Rodgers, the talent behind the project, has announced a debut album on 4AD named The Age Of Anxiety. She’s also unveiled a brand new single named I Bow Down. The synth whirring art pop meets electro punk number is irradiantly entrancing. I Bow Down’s shifty resplendence and bold grandiosity evokes both School Of Seven Bells and Bat For Lashes. Its video is also quite the stunning affair in all its esoteric aplomb. Debut album The Age Of Anxiety will arrive on June 2nd. Pre-order from 4AD or various other outlets, here.

September 7, 2016
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We continue our evening journey into the heart of darkness alongside London duo Plaitum, from whom we’ve grown accustomed to expecting inky atmospheric, icy gripping electronic and alt pop. They come at us anew with a new double A-side which includes this seething visceral, pulsing riveting track named MYO. One part whirring electropop and one part gritty dance punk, MYO is like a glamorously bristling combination of The Kills with Crystal Castles. The other track on Plaitum’s new double A-side is Grace Hits, a noisy thrumming, moody fuming number you can stream below. Both singles are available now from iTunes.