WL//WH Weekly Post-Punk / Darkwave / Dark Synth Tips

Weekly Post-Punk / Darkwave / Dark Synth Tips – May#18-21

PICKS OF THE WEEK:
  • Odilon’s Grip‘s Edgy Electronic Beats 05/05/21                                                                                                     

Odilon’s is back with rousing new music by Damaged Clock, Dead Lights, Kovyazin D, Night in Athens, Petros Spatharos, Lost Few / Years of Denial, The Bleak Engineers, Hannibal Peck, Oppenheimer MK II, Gel Set, Generali Minerali, Neowise, ROÜGE, Minuit Machine, Cuerina Raw Dry, toska po domu, and many others. More info on Odilon’s Mixcloud page here.

  • UK synth-pop duo THE DISTANT MINDS “Bedlam” new single                                                                 

Heady alchemy of four-on-the-floor solid propulsive rhythms, pulsating stuttering, basslines, bright sweeping nostalgic synth melodies, atop tragic emotional male vocals laced with an engaging narrative. Deceptively luminous and harmonious, albeit at the same time deeply imbued and darkened with existential malaise, utterly danceable while wandering among the tides of despair. “Bedlam” encompasses all the contrasting qualities of the best classic and timeless electropop with a refreshing flair.            

  • London, UK based coldwave /darkwave /synthwave project of Greek artist from Athens, Night in Athens – “The Epitaph (Underthinker Remix)” off the “The Epitaph II” EP                                                             

The enveloping and eerie Underthinker‘s cold wave treatment adds trancey electronic and even final rave twists, through ghostly detached cold female vocalizations that light poetic lyrics with nocturnal passions, propelled by a steady bleak, later acidic, throbbing and walking bass line along with punchy beats, amid eerie tinkling synth chords, to deliver a bone-chilling “Epitaph” stirring the darkest recesses of the shrouded soul. Someone rightly commented on YouTube, it’s a song that somehow will stick in your head. Dead-on!

  • Nantes, France goth /darkwave /deathrock /post-punk side project including the singer of NABTA and PRINZESSINN, aka NEVER WAKE UP “In Absentia” (ft. guest guitarist Ailhenn from Projet Marina)                   

Nantes‘ outfit leave their synths in the background, only to darken the abrasive guitar-laden sound of their second track so far, driven by heavy slashing metronomic beats and ominous warbling bassline, to inject layers of looming, brooding tension stabbed by discordant excruciating guitar riffs to squeal and resonate with high-pitched sorrow, fueling the detached agony of female vocals lost in dark dreams of stifling pain.

  • Corsican trip-hop /dark folk duo, Kháos on Gaïa “Faun” from the upcoming album “The Cage” on HauRucK!
  • California synthwave /darkwave /coldwave solo female project THE NEW ARCTIC “Incellular” new single
  • New York-based, Spanish post-punk /shoegaze /darkwave solo project OSCURIDAD ROMÁNTICO “I’m Not Afraid Of Your Pain”                                                                                                                                                   
  • Ukrainian electronic/synthpop /post-punk group Stereo Kassety / Стерео Кассеты – “Time For A Change”       
  • Norway synthwave/dark electronics project Rêve Sombre ‘New Dawn”                                                                 
  • Oakland, CA dark synthpop /synth wave duo PLATTENBAU “Deep Echo” off the new Split Tape with Fleuve on new Grenoble’s Après Jordie label
                     
  • Swiss experimental /coldwave /minimal wave /new wave collaboration, Karl Kave & Durian “Zur Ruhe im Bad” from the 12″ vinyl album “Untergang und Finsternis” on Detriti Records
       
  • Poitiers, French coldwave /darkwave /post-punk project of Nicolas Albin, THEN CAME THE RAIN “Afterworld” (Single)                                                                                                                                                 
  • Saint Petersburg, Russia industrial /electronic /shoegaze /synth-punk duo, DRIVEOVER “Take Me Away” from upcoming LP “Metalhead”
     
  • Beijing-based Canadian synth-pop /post-punk /electronic musician (1/2 of Hot & Cold), Simon Frank “Reduce” from the upcoming album “So Dream It” on Absurd TRAX
  • Athens, Greece electronic /synthpunk outfit SARU/MUNA “Άνθρωποι και Γουρούνια” from debut EP “Το Χοιροστάσιο (Demo)”
  • Los Angeles synth-punk /post-punk 4-piece AGENDER “Astro Tarot” new single
  • Prague, Czech noise pop /post-punk 4-piece Plusminusnula [±0] – “Světy” from upcoming LP “Nový zprávy žádný”
  • Watford, UK 80s new wave /post-punk band Sad Lovers & Giants “50: 50” (early 1981 demo) from the album “Lost In A Sea Full Of Sighs” compilation of their first three 7” singles plus one demo and one song recorded for a John Peel Session in 1981 via Dark Entries Records
  • Welsh post-punk band Chain Of Flowers ‘Amphetamine Luck’ new 7″ flexi single from upcoming sophomore LP on ALTER
  • Portland-based post-punk band SOFT KILL – “Whirl” from the live LP “Live At Crystal Ballroom” (Portland, March of 2021) out now on Cercle Social Records
  • Coldwave /post-punk band from Cincinnati, Ohio. CRIME OF PASSING “Vision Talk” off “Off My Shoulder / Vision Talk” 2-track single from an upcoming LP on FUTURE SHOCK
  • Zürich, Switzerland new wave /post-punk /coldwave solo project of Josip Tijan, aka THYMIAN “Ponavlja Se” from the upcoming LP “Rhythm of Doubt”
  • Austin, TX-based ambient, EBM, industrial, post-punk, darkwave artist (former Pigface, and ongoing stints with My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult and past projects Evil Mothers and Grim Faeries), Curse Mackey “Dystopian Dope (Dogtablet Masks on Mix)” from the EP “Submerge” on Negative Gain Productions
  • Early ’80s Dutch goth rock /darkwave pioneers CLAN OF XYMOX “Brave New World – Matte Blvck Remix” from “Brave New World” EP on Metropolis
  • Québec City, Canada post-wave band Handful of Snowdrops “Change My Mind” new single
  • Los Angeles based dark electronic pop duo Brian Belknap (Mind Machine) & Adam Collier (Crush333, MDA and Full Frontal Disco), aka BLAKLIGHT “Cuts You Up” (originally performed by Peter Murphy) from the 2-track single “Control”
  • California‘s dark electronic /new wave /post-punk /synthpop project VANDAL MOON “Suicidal City Girl (Mecha Maiko Remix)”
  • Philadelphia synthpop /synthwave duo VH x RR “Rumours” from “A Sky Full of Ghosts” EP
  • New Wave /Synthwave project of Thiago Desant (Phantoms vs Fire) of Brazil and Alexander Donat (Vlimmer) of Germany, aka Distance Dealer “Slasher (Single Edit)” from “Slasher b/w Hit By A Brick” (Digital Single) on Blackjack Illuminist Records
  • Russian future pop /synthpop solo project MENTAL DISCIPLINE “Stripped” (Depeche Mode Cover) on skyQodeù
  • South Belgium post-punk /darkwave /coldwave solo project FAUST PROJECT “Oktober (Heaven – Hell remix by Marco Marco)” from “The future comes on sleeping pills” LP
  • Istanbul dark synthpop/ post-punk one-man doomer band ALTAN ‘Memoria’ upcoming on May 20.
  • Linz, Austria dark synthpop /coldwave project CONCORDE “Pale Dancers Cross The Vale” from the single “Pale Dancers”
  • Lisbon‘s electronic darkwave project of Portuguese musician Pedro Code (The Dream Collision and Rainy Days Factory), IAMTHESHADOW “There Is Nothing More to See [The Frozen Autumn Remix]” from the upcoming remixed LP “Everything in this Nothingness [Remixed]” on COLD TRANSMISSION MUSIC
  • Italian darkwave /post-punk trio based in Naples, HAPAX “Silvery Track” from upcoming “Exile” EP on SwissDarkNights Label
  • Australian Dark Wave / Post-Punk duo from Adelaide, THE CORN FIELD “Endless Ending” first single off the upcoming album “Hollows” to be released in early summer 2021 via Cold Transmission
  • Danish early-mid 80s indie /kraut /psych /post-punk band De Må Være Belgiere [You Must Be Belgian] “Paradis (Radio Edit)” from upcoming brand new vinyl 12″ album “Paradis”
  • New Zealand Post-Punk band from Auckland, made of Fiona Campbell (Vivian Girls, Coolies), alongside Thom Burton (SoccerPractise, Moppy), Yolanda Fagan (Na Noise, Echo Ohs) and Durham Fenwick (Green Grove), GUARDIAN SINGLES “Tea Lights Exploding” from the Trouble In Mind‘s reissue of the 2020 debut S/T album.
  • Russian post-punk trio from Chelyabinsk, 0GL (Zero Ground Location) – Диктофон “Воспоминания – 1” new single                                                                                                                                                                         
  • German lo-fi /coldwave /post-punk project German Bot “Benzin”                                                                                                                     
  • Los Angeles‘ goth/EBM/electro/darkwave solo project of Daniel Crook, Dearly Departure “Inside” from the new album “Identity Grief”
  • Boston new darkwave /synthwave /electronic music collaboration between longtime conspirators Reuben Bettsak and Bo Barringer (Future Carnivores, Emerald Comets, Guillermo Sexo), EX-HYENA “Cloud City Nights” from V/A “Ice Planet Goth” fundraising compilation via Darkness Calling
  • New York wave /electronic /dream pop /synthpop duo R. Missing “Crimeless” new single on Sugarcane Recordings
  • New York post-punk /minimal synth /synthpop duo originally from Uruguay and Dominican Republic, Intolerable Life “Ha! Ha! Ha!” from the single “Ha! Ha! Ha! / Heaven & Hell”
  • Belgium based cold analogue synth project CRYPTOCHROMA “Could There Be A Day”                                     
  • UK minimal synth /electronic duo comprised of singer, songwriter and formerly one-half of ’80s synth duo Oppenheimer Analysis, Andy Oppenheimer and electronic musician & producer Mahk Rumbae (Mitra Mitra and Konstruktivists), Oppenheimer MkII “Take No Prisoners Martial Canterel Remix” off new 7″ Double A-Side Single on TONN Recordings
  • Berlin-based experimental /electronic /minimal synth /post-industrial /darkwave project by Warsaw‘s duo Lee and Michal Laudarg aka NNHMN “Magic Man” from upcoming EP “Tomorrow’s Heroine”
  • Canadian electronic /darkwave /industrial duo from Toronto, Odonis Odonis “Impossible” from upcoming album “Spectrums” on Felte
  • Helsinki electro synth-punk /death-pop solo project by the frontwoman of Masquerade, Wild Roses Of Winter & keyboardist/backing vocalist of Virgin in Veil, Suzi Sabotage “Sacrifice (Carnal Machinery remix)” from debut LP “Postmodern Dystopia”
  • Montpellier, France goth /post-punk /dark electro /darkwave duo DENUIT “Darkest Forest” from the debut album “Black Sun”
  • Mexican coldwave /synthwave /darkwave duo Ruinas Para Una Era Futura “Augurio” from the single “Augurio / Visión” from upcoming EP on Æviternæ
  • French post-punk /cold wave band from Paris, JE T’AIME “Another Day In Hell (Zus Remix)” from the new single “Another Day In Hell” on Manic Depression Records
  • Grenoble‘s French wave /coldwave /synth-punk duo of David Litavicki (Bleu Russe and Pupard) and Piero Gheno, aka CHURROS BATIMENT “Wesh.” from the CD EP “Sale Quart D’Heure” on New Sinister
  • Naples, Italian industrial /EBM /new beat /techno /synth producer Francesco Tella, aka NGHTLY “Un Forte Veleno” from the album “Il Preludio Della Fine” on X-IMG [X-IMG24]
  • Philadelphia darkwave /industrial /synthwave /goth rock /post-punk duo R E P < > L ^ K N TT – “EXHAULTED” new single
  • Lasarte Oria, Spain punk /new wave /post-punk trio PROGROM “Kontraesan” from the debut EP “Panoptikoan”
  • Montreal, Quebec shoegaze / post-punk band THE CITY GATES “Cape Of Good Hope” from the upcoming LP “Age Of Resilience” on Icy Cold Records
  • Australian Darkwave /Dream Pop /Post-Goth solo project from Brisbane, LOCUST REVIVAL “Modern Desires” from “Mistakes” EP
  • German post-punk /synthwave from Berlin, FIXED LENS “Exctintion” from debut S/T EP
  • Kuwait post-punk/darkwave/synthwave project Matiajka “I’m Sorry My Telephone is down (I’ll charge it again and text you back)” from the 12″ vinyl album “Desolated Statues In Feumia” on Detriti Records
  • West Ukraine’s dark minimalistic electronic solo project BEDROOM TALKS “You never will” from the forthcoming album “Quiet Shelter” on SwissDarkNights Label
  • Detroit-based post-punk /deathgaze duo VAZUM “Haunted House” new single
  • Italian post-punk/darkwave trio The Coventry “A Short Story” title track from the upcoming maxi-single “A Short Story” on SwissDarkNights Label.
  • Hamburg, Germany darkwave /synth /postpunk music producer DARK “Lovers In The Dark” (single)
  • Danish post-punk /darkwave act hailing from Copenhagen, PULSATIONS “Neglected Synapses” from upcoming “Neglected Synapses & The Hedonic Paradox” EP on SwissDarkNights Label
  • French experimental/post-punk/coldwave project of Yannick Rault, Closed Mouth – “Next Day” from the upcoming album “Before The Dream Faded” on Icy Cold Records
  • Spanish Darkwave /New Wave solo project from Alicante, Nueve Desconocidos ft. El Ultimo Vecino “Preguntas” new single
  • Mexican deathrock /horror /post-punk trio Skeletal Bats “Love Death”
  • Swedish synth-punk band from Stockholm, Isotope Soap “Autistic Eye” from the forthcoming album “In Need of Systematic Entropy” on Push My Buttons
  • L.A. based experimental /post-punk /deathrock band Egrets on Ergot “Vital Stats” from the new LP “Battle/Choice/Luxe”
  • Romania experimental /darkwave one-woman project Ramone “Living Safely Is Dangerous”                                                         

©︎Sayaka-Maruyamas

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