Posts Tagged ‘goth pop’

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 28, 2018

Closing out tonight with something sumptuously dark and gothy, which is exactly how I like to end the night. In fact, I’m going to rush home and watch me some Santa Clarita Diet, because that’s the sort of humor I like too, twisted and macabre. Gothy synthpop queen Zola Jesus has given experimental electronic producer Blanck Mass (Ben Power of Fuck Buttons) an inky droning, ominous haunting treatment on a spectral remix of Please. The gloriously writhing track is part of a surprise addendum to his recent album World Eater, a digital only EP named World Eater Re-Voxed that also features remixes of Blanck Mass by Naked, M. Lamar, and Gazelle Twin. You can purchase the EP, here.

February 15, 2018

Steeped in neon 80s nostalgia but laced with a dark gothic edge comes the dreamy synthpop and indietronica of Utah’s Choir Boy, who’s just released a fluorescent music video for his song Blood Moon, lifted off his 2016 album Passive With Desire. Glum yet sublime, cushiony and warm Blood Moon is exactly the kind of wistful swirling gem that I can’t help but love. A hint of Chromatics and even a sliver of TR/ST seems to trickle through its slow twirling, diaphanous wafting tinkles. Choir Boy’s album Passive With Desire is available from Bandcamp, 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.

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 30, 2017

Gothy synthpop queen Zola Jesus continues to serve up spectacular new songs off of her next album Okovi in the form of a grandiose and atmospheric new tune named Siphon. She’s siphoned my very heart and soul away with this beautiful electronic pop song, which packs a whole lot of emotional weight in its aureate soundscape. Okovi is shaping up to be quite the diverse collection of music. Zola Jesus has rattled us and riveted us with thorny jabbing, tense droning Exhumed, as well as haunted us and bewitched us with viscous and opaque brooder Soak. Now, she takes us on a magnificent journey of catharsis with Siphon, which she co-produced with WIFE and Alex DeGroot. Around the release of Okovi, Zola Jesus will host two NYC events. The first will be a listening party that takes place on September 7th at the Sonos Store in SoHo. The second is an immersive listening and visual experience on September 13th in Chinatown called Okovi: Surround – a Sound Experience provided by Sonos. More information HERE and HERE. You can also catch her on tour in the U.S. this fall, though I don’t see a San Francisco stop, unfortunately. Ticket info can be found, here. Pre-order Okovi, here, and download Siphon instantly.

August 29, 2017

Swedish pop artist Beatrice Eli will be releasing her new EP, The Careful, on September 8th via Razzia / Family Tree Music. That’s Not Us is a moody intense, icy gripping taste off that EP. There’s no escaping the allure of its mournful synths and ominous pulsing beats, particularly when you’re as fond of dark crepuscular pop as I am. You can also stream That’s Not Us via Spotify, here, as we await this soulful voiced Swedish singer songwriter’s new EP.

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.

August 11, 2017

I’m rushing out the door soon to attend Outside Lands Music Festival, and it’s going to be a tiring three days with little time to share music, if any. But there’s one item I’d really like to hash out real quick before I head out to foggy Golden Gate Park for hours upon hours of live music. I’ve already listened to this tune countless times since it dropped yesterday… Behold, Alice Glass’ new solo single, Without Love! I’m sure you all remember the edgy riveting, gothy dark artist who was once one half of Crystal Castles before that original lineup fell apart after three scintillating albums. We come to love Edith, but we’ve been missing Alice dearly, whose stage antics and eccentric charisma is seared into our hearts from our many live experiences watching her twist and writhe on stage (even when she had a broken ankle). Without Love is a glitchy haunting, sinuous winding electronic pop gem that seems to meld Crystal Castles with Purity Ring. Alice Glass will be touring with Marilyn Manson this fall. In fact, she’ll be hitting up San Francisco the same week Crystal Castles will be in town, too. Without Love arrives with a video directed by Floria Sigismondi. Grab the single from iTunes, here.

June 7, 2017

It’s been a long while since we last heard from one of our favorite gothy synthpop purveyors, so we’re absolutely delighted that Zola Jesus is back and that she’s announced a new album, too. Okovi will arrive on September 8th via Sacred Bones, and her extensive fall tour for the album will take her to San Francisco on October 17th. It’s going to be such a treat to see her at the intimate Independent. Zola Jesus has unveiled the lead single from Okovi, and it’s a thorny jabbing, tense droning spectacular. Exhumed is a thunderous ringing, inky operatic song that re-exposes my love of all that is dark and ominous. Pre-order Okovi from iTunes, here, and download Exhumed instantly. Learn more about Zola Jesus’ impending tour on her website, here.