Posts Tagged ‘witch house’

October 24, 2017
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By fortuitous chance, we encountered an enigmatic production project on Soundcloud the other day named DIVINE. As you’ve probably figured out from following IHM in the past, this music head is incredibly fond of the dark and haunting. DIVINE’s music is just that… it’s witchy and gothy, ominous yet euphoric. In fact, this mysterious project has gone and remixed Purity Ring’s rendition of HEALTH’s Life, and I couldn’t be happier with the ghostly droning, spectral humming results. DIVINE is a fine discovery just before Halloween hits us in just over a week from now. For another taste from the project, stream Haunt You below, and revel in its glitchy pulsing, chime tinkling umbral beauty. 

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.

April 2, 2017

As you likely well know by now, I have a deep propensity for the dark and twisted, or the witchy and macabre. So when I encountered this unsigned Australian producer and his song Thorns, I fell for it, hard. Thorns comes from WA?STE’s five track Hollow Vessel EP, an inky opaque listen through and through. Thorns is deliciously haunting. Its gothy witch house production and gossamer vocals even evoke some of my favorite horror movie soundtracks, like Disasterpeace’s work for 2015 break out hit It Follows, for one. You can stream WA?STE’s evocative Hollow Vessel EP in full on Soundcloud. It’s out now via the label Genome6.66Mbp.

February 11, 2017
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We’re certainly not cuddling a bright eyed hip hoppity bunny on this tune, a deliciously dark and witchy offering from New Zealand’s POLO. Anguish and lament ooze from Bunny as distended vocal samples draw us into the wavy swelling haunter, an eerie witch house fusion of Grimes, FKA, and Crystal Castles like elements. This Christchurch producer has my full attention. I can’t resist ominous creeping electronica. POLO’s Bunny is a free download, here.

November 18, 2016
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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 10, 2016
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As ominous as the future may seem right now here in America, I can never resist deliciously dark electronica. Even as a gloom settles upon us and disaster lurks precipitously over the horizon, I can’t help but delight in the sinister trap and witch house-esque wavy electronica on murky simmering Desolate. UK producer SIDEWALKS AND SKELETONS links up with Colorado’s Brothel on this heavy whirring haunter. Instead of leaving me desolate, I find myself comforted and consoled. A need in me grows for more of SIDEWALK AND SKELETONS’ crepuscular electronic music, so let’s dive into morbidly entitled Drowning below. This one’s a slow trawling, introspective quivering treat. Desolate is a free download, here, and Drowning can be downloaded, ” target=”_blank”>here. SIDEWALKS AND SKELETONS leaves me in such a wicked mood that the only proper way to follow up these jams is to watch the new episode of American Horror Story. And by that, I mean the actual television series, not what’s unfurled in our nations’ politics this week. 

September 7, 2016
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I count myself fortunate for having caught PASTEL GHOST live in Oakland just over a year ago before she moved across the country to Brooklyn, though I’m much gutted that I wasn’t able to catch her at SXSW earlier this year despite writing about her for the official SXSW Blogger’s Guide. PASTEL GHOST’s gossamer electropop is exactly the kind of dark, gothy music that’s right up my witch house and ravey darkwave loving alley. The project created by “dream rave queen” Vivenne Moon graces us with more of her pulsing synths and foggy dreamscape as she remixes Miami based electropop artist VIRGO’s Disappear, giving VIRGO’s song a moody ghostliness much surreal and intoxicating. VIRGO herself describes the edit as reminding her of scenes from Hayao Miyazaki’s film Castle In The Sky. It’s certainly a gloriously haunting remix, one perfect for those who also love Crystal Castles and TR/ST, like me. Download PASTEL GHOST’s remix of VIRGO’s Disappear, here.

August 29, 2016
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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.

August 19, 2016

I can’t wait, I mean I seriously CANNOT wait for tomorrow, because come tomorrow, Crystal Castles drops their new album AMNESTY (I). As the hours whittle down and my excitement takes me to new levels of restlessness, I drown myself in today’s new reveal from the record, Sadist. Considering its name, it seems a fitting course of action, doesn’t it? Join me as the dissonance of this sonic apparition, complete with distended vocals by Edith and spectral haunting production by Ethan, send icy shivers down our spines. Though many of us had bristled at the thought of a new singer replacing Alice Glass when the news first broke, Edith has certainly won us over since. In fact, an announcement that came alongside Sadist earlier today served to cultivate my respect and affection. Edith Frances announced that Crystal Castles will share the proceeds from Amnesty (I) by donating it to Amnesty International, in order to call attention to issues that “need to be illuminated”. She went on to explain:

“Amnesty International stand up for human rights by fighting injustice hands-on, and gives a voice to those who may feel voiceless. They fight for LGBTQ rights, women’s rights, prisoner rights, and children’s rights. They fight against discrimination, arbitrary detention and unfair trials, and civilian injustice. They are the people on the ground working to change these issues and they need our help. Not just our words, but also our resources. The world is at a critical tipping point. Human rights have no borders, no language, no religion and no race. This applies to you and affects you. I challenge more musicians to do the same with their albums. Donate your proceeds to a charity of your choice. No longer can we sit back and watch and talk; what we really need right now is action.

Well there you have it. Even more reason to get Amnesty (I), as if you needed any convincing. Crystal Castles, you rule.

August 17, 2016
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There’s nothing like some visceral and savage Crystal Castles to kick off a new string of features. We continue our journey with the new Edith and Ethan version of the Toronto electropunk duo as they rattle and jar us with new song Fleece. The choice of song title seems contradictory in juxtaposition to Crystal Castles’ witchy distorted, primal pulsing music. Fleece is the latest turbulent taste from new album Amnesty (I) which drops this Friday on Fiction Records. Lucky Crystal Castle fans in New York can catch Ethan and Edith when they play a special in-store show at Rough Trade East come Tuesday, August 23rd. Details, here.