Posts Tagged ‘gothwave’

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 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.

October 25, 2017
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Somewhere in between gothy darkwave and 80′s synthwave is Choir Boy, a project created by singer songwriter Alex Klopp. Considering my endless love for both those genres, it’s no wonder I’m drawn to Choir Boy’s new single Sunday Light. The dream pop veteran recently signed to Dais Records. Sunday Light is his first glossy intoxicating release on the label. I find myself thoroughly bewitched by this Blue Oyster Club meets Wild Beasts meets Chromatics sort of spectral pulsing dazzler. The single is out now with B-side Madeline on 7″ vinyl, here

January 29, 2017

If you’ve yet to listen to Austra’s latest album and you’re as fond of dark wavey goth pop as I am, you need to sit yourself down and pop Future Politics in for a listen. Not only does the album boast tunes that befit the chaos of our nation this past week, but the record is chock full of gloriously pulsating, richly whirring gems. Aside from favorites like Future Politics and Utopia, one of the songs that struck a chord with me from very first listen is I Love You More Than You Love Yourself, a creeper of an operatic jam that grows on me with every new listen. The song is practically a two movement sonata, an epic and expansive ballad that spans a multitude of emotions. A brand new video for the tune affords us the opportune chance to dive into this beautifully ambling gem. The video was inspired by US astronaut Captain Lisa Marie Nowak. If you follow the news you likely recall the rather startling story of her attempt at murder nearly a decade ago. Purchase your copy of Austra’s Future Politics from iTunes, here, or Domino Records, here.

August 25, 2016
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It’s readily apparent that I’ve always had a deep penchant for anything dark and ominous, twisted and gothy, but my obsession with such things has been renewed as of late, given the fact that Crystal Castles just released their new album, Chromatics just dropped their long awaited song Dear Tommy, and shows like Stranger Things have brought back a certain interest in classic synthcore music of the 80′s whose roots lie in sci-fi and horror. So when I encountered a remix of UK avant-garde artist Gazelle Twin’s Still Life by experimental electronic producer Blanck Mass (who’s also one half of Fuck Buttons), I couldn’t resist sharing. This sludgy, squishy remix is gnarly indeed, droning and haunting mercilessly, crossing industrial with electropunk. It’s so gloriously menacing, you might want to keep a light on when you sleep tonight. I, for one, will be absolutely fine. I may even re-visit the remix before I go to sleep. Blanck Mass’ remix is taken from Gazelle Twin’s FLESHED OUT remix LP, a collection of “autopsied and re-animated tracks” by 10 exceptional producers. Head to Bandcamp for purchasing.

OFFICIAL VID: Orbital – New France (feat. Zola Jesus)

March 15, 2012

Veteran UK electronic music duo Orbital will be releasing their first new record in eight years soon, so there’s definitely a good amount of buzz leading up to it. New France is their latest video and single off that new album. The video has a cute stuffed animal, albeit in a slightly creepy way. The song features baroque pop and gothwave artist Zola Jesus. There’s two huge positives right there. Combined? Music bliss.