Posts Tagged ‘haunting’

September 28, 2017

Icy tingles stretch across my skin as choppy glitching, dark haunting synths invite us into No Mono’s debut single, Butterflies. No Mono is a new Australian indie electronic project created by artists Tom Snowdon and Tom Iansek (of Big Scary). They’ve come together to give us a spectral haunting soundscape riddled with ghostly vocals and cold pulsing synths whose suspenseful atmosphere truly leaves me with butterflies fluttering in the pit of my stomach. Butterflies is a gripping spectacular, a mournful yet beautiful hymnal that leaves a deep imprint with its taut tone. You can purchase the single, here.

July 19, 2017

As reported last week, industrial rock legends Nine Inch Nails will be releasing a new EP entitled Add Violence this Friday, the second in a series of three related EPs. We received our first taste of Add Violence last week in the form of gloriously thrashing, noisy seething Less Than. Today’s THIS ISN’T THE PLACE is just as gripping and phenomenal, but in a very different manner. It’s an eerily haunting brooder whose atmosphere is so intense that it recalls some of Trent Reznor’s film soundtrack work. THIS ISN’T THE PLACE is a slow build of an opaque droning crescendo that recalls recent Radiohead as well as Massive Attack and Portishead. The whole ambiance of THIS ISN’T A PLACE and the control panel visualizer that comes along with the song also remind me of that masterpiece of a Twin Peaks episode on which NIN performed just a month prior. Twin Peaks: The Return episode 8 is David Lynch’s magnum opus, and NIN couldn’t have been a more perfect fit for its atmosphere. NIN’s Add Violence EP can be pre-ordered digitally, here, or on vinyl, here. A CD version will be out on September 1st.

July 7, 2017

Jaja Bu’s Sweetness is a tangy and spicy, peppery and gritty sort of sweet. The new producer and artist out of Los Angeles makes his first appearance on IHM with a moody smoldering, choppy haunting experimental R&B tune that feels like FYFE gone murky nebulous and ghostly vaporous, as if infused with some Sevdaliza and some Arca-like production. Sweetness is a chopped and screwy serpentine suitor, brimming with carnal lust and aching longing. It makes an indelible mark on us, and we look ahead eagerly for what Jaja Bu has in store for us next. 

April 11, 2017

Nobody likes a gold digger, or maybe some people do? I know the only type of gold digger I’m fond of is this song from Belgian artist Tsar B, who thoroughly haunts and bewitches with her new single Golddigger. The heady experimental electronica and R&B pop on this sinuous twisting, sharp winding aria captures what it might sound like if Björk, Sevdaliza,

Beyoncé, and Kill J came together for a mind blowing collaboration. Ominous glowering, sinister seductive Golddigger is creepy sumptuous and eerie intense.  The fine sonic work of art can be streamed or purchased from additional sources, here

April 6, 2017

I’m infinitely excited for Sevdaliza’s debut album ISON. I expect it to be one of the most innovative and striking releases this year. The Netherlands based Iranian artist has been one of the most fascinating talents in the scene these last couple of years, giving us an experimental form of electronica and R&B that rivals that of FKA Twigs and James Blake, all delivered with haunting ferocity and visceral magnetism. Whenever I listen to Sevdaliza, I feel like I’m delving deep within myself, to the intrinsic, the innate, the truly intimate and the deeply rooted. Today, Sevdaliza unleashed another gripping taste from ISON. This time around, she’s created an abstract ode to motherhood, which brings to mind some of

Beyoncé’s recent artistry, except Hero examines the darker side of that love between mother and child. The spectral haunting piece is a spine tingling, poignant wringing listen that addresses rejection and betrayal. You can keep abreast of Sevdaliza updates and look out for more info regarding ISON alongside us via her website, here.

March 4, 2017

I tend to associate the words “curtain call” with the end of something good, like a show, or a play, or a musical. It comes as no surprise then that White Kite’s Curtain Call is a brooding affair. To be honest, we’re still obsessing over the British electronic project’s last sensational single, Swans, but we can’t help but put everything else on hold for this deep entrancing, dark pensive aria. Art rock and chamber pop styled vocals (think Wild Beasts, ANOHNI) drift and unwind over a bottomless chasm of cinematic surging, trip hop haunting production. Despite it’s slow burning pace, Curtain Call is tensely wound. I nearly forget to breath as I traverse its claustrophobic winding passageways. The song sits heavy like water, its intensity a sharp ticking clock in a silent room. The single is out now via Ltd Ltd. You can even purchase a signed 7″, here.

November 18, 2016

It was but last week that I had my first serendipitous encounter with brothel., a producer out of Colorado who likes to dabble in dark electronica. He had teamed up with UK producer SIDEWALKS AND SKELETONS on a witchy haunting treat named Drowning. Fast forward to this week, and guess who I encounter yet again with another dose of crepuscular deliciousness? brothel.! And this time around, he’s given Flume’s Say It, featuring the ever lovely Tove Lo, a sensationally serrated remix. This one’s right up my alley with its bristling synths and stewing beats. brothel.’s draggy witch trap interpretation of Say It is guttural and ghostly, visceral and eerie. Download the track for free, here.

November 7, 2016

Fans of Austra’s gothy dark synthpop (like myself) couldn’t be happier last month when the Toronto four piece announced their next album and presented us with a brand new single. That glacial baroque treat has received an official remix treatment by Ikonika, a UK producer whom Katie Stelmanis considers amongst her favorites. Utopia gets an inky dark makeover replete with ominous sawing synths and droopy somber beats. Ikonika’s remix is truly a haunting splendorous affair. My twisted heart can’t get enough of this spectral edit. Austra’s third album Future Politics is due to arrive January 20th via Domino. I already have my ticket locked in for Austra’s show at the Mezzanine in San Francisco on February 11th. 

September 9, 2016

Today brings us exciting news that Nashville electronic trio BASECAMP will be releasing a new EP come October 21st. The title track off of In Stone is utterly gut wrenching and beautifully haunting, plus it comes with a stunningly shot music video, too. Sultry brooding R&B soul and minimalist warped electronica take us on a multi-layered, finely nuanced sonic adventure similar to if Jack Garratt went James Blake dub. In Stone’s video was directed by Dylan Reyes, and it follows the trio on a recent trip they made around the grandiose landscapes of Iceland. Visit to pre-order and learn more about Basecamp’s In Stone EP.

August 29, 2016

Katy Perry and Purity Ring are two things I never thought to put together in a sentence, yet here we are, about to delve deep into a remix of the pop star’s hit song Rise by the adored dark electronic pop duo from Canada. Purity Ring gives Rise an official remix that takes it into haunting goth territory. This witch house-y Rise is in fact a bustling dance edit despite its syrupy quality. It even boasts a touch of tropical future flavor in its profile. If I were Left Shark, I’d don some black apparel and an eerie cape in celebration of this deliciously opaque edit. I wouldn’t mind if more Katy Perry songs received a similarly dusky treatment.