Posts Tagged ‘gothic’

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.

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.

July 8, 2017

Goth synthopop veteran Zola Jesus made her long awaited return last month with a darkly ravishing, intensely droning number named Exhumed. She also announced a new album, Okovi, due to arrive September 8th via Sacred Bones. We now get a new sludgy taste off the album. Soak is viscous and opaque, a clamorous thrushing brooder. It’s an instant download if you pre-order Okovi, here. I’m pretty gutted that I might have to miss her stop in San Francisco at the Independent when she heads out on tour this fall. The last time I saw her live was Outside Lands Music Festival in 2012. Not only has it been far too long, but her new music sounds like it’s going to be glorious live.

June 23, 2017
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Dreams is an incredibly intriguing sonic experience that fully lives up to its name. It’s a surreal and shadowy, eccentric and bizarre hover of an electronic and experimental pop song from Neta Elias, a forward thinking singer-songwriter and producer who’s chosen artistic moniker is TESHA. Though she’s based out of Los Angeles, TESHA was born in Israel, where she grew up playing with her mother’s living room piano and drew inspiration from the likes of Laurie Anderson, Kate Bush, and the classical era. Our first encounter with her bewitching music is actually her second single from an upcoming EP named Dreams Vol. 1, due out June 30th. The near spiritual meditation that is Dreams is like a confluence of all that is left field entrancing and dark haunting from the likes of Björk, Zola Jesus, Purity Ring, and Lydia Ainsworth, but suspended in a nebulous and murky solution.

May 2, 2017

I myself fell like a content fly on the wall as I’m drawn ever deeper into a dark ocean of guttural beats and glassy synths on Black Fly’s Sign 2. I’m immediately drawn to the gothy dance pop and darkwavey synthpop this Vermont based musician serves up on his second single, which comes by way of a captivating black and white music video. Black Fly seems to infuse the opaque pulsing arias of HEALTH, TR/ST, or Zola Jesus with a brighter pop and a twinkling bob, making Sign 2 a unique listen that plays with both shadow and light. There’s also a close intimacy to his music that reminds me of Majical Cloudz, too, particularly on debut single I Don’t Know, which you can stream below. Sign 2 can also be streamed on Spotify, here

July 9, 2015
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It’s time for some local pride as we tune into this fresh one from San Francisco’s Cold Beats, whose name reveals some of the icy, chilly sound they bring to our ears on new single Cracks. Edgy, dark, and magnificent, the quartet’s latest has certainly made me a fan. Post punk, noise rock, and coldgaze build on each other, piercing jaggedly with a frenetic urgency through my eager heart. The tumultuous song has my blood pumping in gothy delight. Cracks is from Cold Beats’ sophomore full length, Into The Air, scheduled for release come September 4th on Crime On The Moon.

February 7, 2015
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There’s always this magical, enchanting quality to Scandinavian artists and their music. The same can be said of Sweden’s Eternal Death, who despite an obvious darkness to her music and possibly one of the most morbid artist names I’ve encountered in awhile, also carries a goddess like ethereal quality on her music. Eternal Death’s glittering electronic pop song Violence is a captivating new release, with the moody folk pop flavors of Lykke Li but with far more spacious and fantastical synth work, at times similar to the gothy sounds of Austra. There’s a sharp texture to the song’s sound that reminds me of broken shards of beautiful glass. swirling against it each other and gleaming in a dim light. Violence will be out February 16th on Labrador Records.

June 12, 2014
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I find Lydia Ainsworth a very intriguing new artist who recently signed to Arbutus Records. As you can hear on Malachite (and see in the video for the single below), there’s a haunting, dark, gothic quality to her artsy style that immediately reminds me of other avant-garde artists like Grimes or Majical Cloudz, but with the operatic, gothy vocals of Austra or Zola Jesus. Malachite is such an exquisite, ethereal tune, rounded out with tons of grand production. The same magnificent beauty can be found in White Shadows, which you can stream below the video for Malachite. The choppy production is eerie yet gorgeous. Both tunes are off Lydia Ainsworth’s new EP Right From Real Part I, out right now.

June 12, 2014
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I find Lydia Ainsworth a very intriguing new artist who recently signed to Arbutus Records. As you can hear on Malachite (and see in the video for the single below), there’s a haunting, dark, gothic quality to her artsy style that immediately reminds me of other avant-garde artists like Grimes or Majical Cloudz, but with the operatic, gothy vocals of Austra or Zola Jesus. Malachite is such an exquisite, ethereal tune, rounded out with tons of grand production. The same magnificent beauty can be found in White Shadows, which you can stream below the video for Malachite. The choppy production is eerie yet gorgeous. Both tunes are off Lydia Ainsworth’s new EP Right From Real Part I, out right now.