Following last year’s underestimated self-titled debut album, Dismal Plight, the solo project of Stockholm-based artist Gustav Tranback, one-half of Indie-Pop band Salt Lake Alley, returns to breathe fresh life into his passion and devotion to the ’80s Goth, Post Punk, and New Wave, with the evocative heartfelt melancholy of the brand new single “Forever and Always”, WL//WH is pleased to Premiere.
The bombastic New Wave single deals with the frightening insight that you never can outrun your past. As per usual the song is filled with synths and drum machines of the 80s along with haunting guitars and vocals in the style of Post-Punk greats of the past.
“Forever and Always” invokes the bittersweet ache and haunted melodicism of the Romantic 80s New Wave reminiscent of Echo & The Bunnymen or The Church, by driving a steadily meandering forlorn bass line that seamlessly interplays with an emotionally vibrant slather of sparkling guitar riffs, jangly crystalline chords, skipping heart-beats, clashing, tinny frizzles, and disruptive acidic synth FX, to cloak angsty sullen vocal dreams, devastated by shattered, haunted echoes, with the dimming lyrical realm of hopeless loss and lovelorn darkness.
Dismal Plight‘s new single, “Forever and Always”, is due out on November 23 via Bandcamp and all the major streaming platforms.
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