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

Weekly Post-Punk / Darkwave / Dark Synth Tips – DECEMBER / JANUARY #01-23

After the Christmas break, here is the first list of 2023 which brings with it several December releases naturally with several omissions here and there…I wish you a new year of great music!

PICKS OF THE WEEK:
  • Tirana, Albania industrial /shoegaze /experimental /darkwave /coldwave duo Dina Hajrullahu & Franc Kurti, AKA I tpame I tvrame – “!NOS” single on Kaluara Records

Tirana based creative duo draws an ominous, immersive and glacial kraut-inflected industrial landscape to open esoteric portals into mysterious and fuzzy crackling dimensions where droning wavering distortions, staggering ritual percussions, and atmospheric synths stir and bind the soul of the listener with sentient, ceremonial obsessions.

  • Rouen, France post-punk /coldwave solo project NICE COLD NATION “Le dormeur du val” opening track from the upcoming new album                                                                                                                             

Normandy‘s Coldwave solo act, in the opening track of his upcoming LP, weaves a wistful interplay of fluid airy synth washes and a glistening web of guitar lines to conjure the enveloping raw and naturalistic vision of war from the extremely nuanced and surreal poem of Arthur Rimbaud’s 1870 “The Sleeper of the Valley” to build seemingly soft caressing yet profoundly disturbing intimate feelings of timeless melancholy and misfortune.

  • Louisville, Kentucky post-punk /darkwave duo of former members of 9voltRevolt, Stephen Beasey and Brian Cain, AKA Who Saw Her Die? “A New Year” single

Darkwave duo Who Saw Her Die? concoct a compelling Synth Wave immersion of hypnotic rhythms, haunted, distorted electronics, and swirling sax-like sounds around Bowiesque brooding, plaintive croons as lyrics delivered to a troubled person who vows to change but never does, reveal a heavy disappointment at the hands of hope.

  • French post punk / coldwave act from Lille, L’Ordre d’Héloïse “LES ECORCHES” (Noir Désir cover)
  • Greek experimental trip-hop /dark-synth /electro-punk project from Athens, ΔΥΣΤΟΠΙΑ [Dystopia] “Σ’έναν Κόσμο Για Λίγους, Δεν Χωράει Κανείς”
  • Post-punk /darkwave /coldwave project Cicillian Issue “You’ve Left a Leaf and a Shade on a Velvet Cloth” from “Syrup of Orgasm” EP on Kuwait‘s Alindithar Tapes
  • Lyon, French industrial /rhythmic noise /post-punk /cold wave /electronic project of Adrien Bovigny (one half of Coaltar), AKA Il n’y a plus de fauves dans les grandes villes “Garage” from the upcoming debut S/T album on L’Enfant Pneu
  • Brest-based post-punk /synth wave /EBM /dark electronics duo Maman Küsters “Traümen Androiden Von Elektrischen Schafen” upcoming on Oráculo Records
  • Belgian electro wave /synthpop /dark electronic producer from Antwerpen, The Sick Sequencer “Dance To The Discounts of Jesus”
  • Turkish goth /post-punk /darkwave /synth project, Cold Romantic – “Agnus Dei”
  • Mississauga, Ontario goth /post-punk /darkwave act MISERYSAGA “A Devotion” debut single
  • Brazilian post-punk /synthpop duo Prenome “In Heaven” (from the soundtrack of the 1977 movie “Eraserhead”) single on Systemica
  • Russian sad synth’ / post-punk / darkwave solo project of Moscow‘s artist Kirill Ovchinnikov, AKA Заговор “Надоело быть приятным (Tired of being nice)” from 2023 album “Формула 1”
  • Montreal, Quebec lo-fi /electronic /synthpop solo project of MD (ex singer/guitarist of duo Calomine), Nœud – “La grande évasion” single
  • London-based Anglo/French ambient pop /indietronica /new wave /post-punk trio of former Piano Magic Franck Alba & Glen Johnson (Textile Ranch, Future Conditional) along with jazz drummer Robert Hervais-Adelman, Theory Of Ghosts “Leaves Upon The Breeze” from EP1 via Second Language Music
  • Early 80s formed French New Wave /Cold Wave band from Marseille, Martin Dupont “Love Is On My Side” from the upcoming album “Kintsugi” on Meidosem Records                                                                                     
  • Berlin-based electronic pop/synth wave duo Béryl Le Gallo & Oberst Panizza, aka UFO Shadow “Planète Ü” from 12″ vinyl album “Hypergravité” via Objet Trouvé
  • Mexico City based post-punk /darkwave minimal wave collaboration Werner Karloff & Stockhaussen – “111” single
  • Vienna‘s synth wave/minimal synth solo project of synthesist/singer Violet Candide (of duos Mitra Mitra and Violetiger), AKA Peppy Pep Pepper – ”Replay” off the debut album “Decline” 12″ vinyl on Modern Tapes
  • London, UK minimal analogue synth primitive-electronic DIY music project THIS IS THE BRIDGE “You Are The Victim” from the album “Bitter Waters”
  • Toronto, Ontario coldwave /synth wave /minimal wave musician Ethan Harman aka ALAN HARMAN “Purveyor” single
  • L.A. synth-pop /synth wave artist Madeline Goldstein “Seed Of Doubt” single
  • French cold wave /techno /synth-punk project of Bordeaux‘s musician Gaston Larrouy, AKA La Rouille – “Bellowing Cow” from the single “Princess”
  • Austin, TX darkwave /minimal synth /coldwave project, FLESH OF MORNING “We Ride” single on à La Carte Records
  • Rio de Janeiro goth /darkwave /coldwave project of André Luiz AKA Astrophysics ft. 初音ミクHatsune Miku』- “Pain” [MV]
  • Ohio industrial /synthpop solo project of J. Thompson (member of Child Of Night), aka Chains Of Desire “It’s Not Good” from cassette EP “Root Rot” on Private Experiment
  • Bulgarian darkwave / EBM /electronic solo project from Sofia, FLD “Blood Moon Rising” single
  • French minimal electronics /electro-pop duo Pierre Pi (Komplex, Position Parallèle, Communication Zéro…) and Éric U0 (Celluloide, Thee Hyphen, Signal/Bruit…), AKA La Machine “Qui Ne Sert à Rien (edit)” off debut 5-track “La Machine Qui Ne Sert à Rien” E.P. 10″/CD on BOREDOMproduct
  • Mexico City EBM /New Wave /Synthpop /Electronic DJ-producer Dimitri Berzerk “Grey Skies feat. Marian G.” single on Sector Industrial Producciones
  • Minsk, Belarus dark synth rock project of Ars Nikonov (aka Arsenio Archer), aka Cold In May “Memory Ghosts (Mental Discipline Remix)” single on skyQode
  • New York experimental /EBM /dark electro industrial project of Michael Renfield (aka Soilodge and Noise Process), aka R010R – “Psychosomatic Density” off the forthcoming double CD album “Total Disinformation Awareness” on Electro Aggression Records
  • Belgian electronic /EBM /darkwave band The Arch – “Blood Crystals (Israel Padilla Remix)” off V/A “Tributo The Arch” tape album [Banshees Records]
  • Yellow Magic Orchestra – “Key (Sneaker EDIT)” off V/A “ITALO MODERNI EDITS (III Xmas Edizione)” album [ITALO MODERNI]
  • Dallas, TX darkwave /industrial pop project of Cat Hall, AKA Dissonance “Bridges” from the album “Something Unforgivable”
  • Vermont goth /dream pop /new wave /synth wave /darkwave band led by former Dune Hunter singer-songwriter Hannah Hoffman, Dutch Experts – “Morrígu” first single off upcoming debut EP “Bound by This”
  • New York‘s dream pop/new wave /electro-pop artist (former Crystal Stilts, Dum Dum Girls and Vivian Girls), Frankie Rose “Anything” single off upcoming LP “Love As Projection” on Night School
  • Głubczyce, Poland old-school EBM /industrial band Human Steel – “Poverty” new single 
  • L.A. industrial /darkwave /techno /electro /EBM solo project of Josh McVety, AKA Mellow Code “Ich stehe im Blut” single
  • French dark synthwave /post-punk /synth-pop /electro-punk act LARME BLANCHE “Suicide Collectif” from “Suicide Collectif” E.P on Unknown Pleasures
  • L.A. goth coldwave /post-punk project DEATHFAUNA “Despierta” from “Cold Love” EP
  • Prague, Czechia EBM /darkwave /coldwave duo Body of Pain “Lost in Music” from the sophomore album “Revenge”
  • Paris based dream pop /synthpop solo project Fragrance “Tears (Mareux Remix)” from “Salt Water (Remixed)” EP
  • Russian synth-wave /synthpop duo, NAPAVTAL “After Dark” (Mr.Kitty cover) single on skyQode.
  • L.A.‘s lo-fi /wave /post-punk /synth /electro-punk solo project of visual artist, songwriter and musician, Colin Ambulance aka BITE MARX “Pre-Impact” single
  • Offenbach, Germany industrial /darkwave /synthpop /coldwave duo Recht Auf Rausch – “Billige Pralinen feat. Samantha Bank” (Slow Club Freiburg 17.11.22)
  • Berlin, Germany psych /synth pop /analog electronic duo AFAR “Low High” from the EP “Tell me more” on Laut & Luise
  • French wave / synth /dark electronic act Hd Chakl – “Laisse moi rêver” off V/A “Solstice d’Hiver 2022” cassette compilation on Lyon‘s label L’Enfant Pneu
  • When In Rome “The Promise (Ludviq Edit)” [1988] charity single on XPRESS Records
  • Duran Duran – “A View To A Kill (Lifelong Corporation Panoramic Mix)” from Lifelong Corporation‘s “Retro Remixes 3” EP
  • Mexican synthpop /electrodark project by singer, producer & filmmaker Felipe Casas AKA Sundata “New Light” single
  • French electro /coldwave /darkwave project of Parisian artist Remi Lauvergne, AKA SAD MADONA w/ MEGA SEGA DRIVE CLUB – “Idole (Skelesys Remix)” upcoming on January 2023 via ORACULO RECORDS
  • El Salvador post-punk /dark wave /minimal synth project FACETA OSCURA “NUEVA ERA” single
  • Melbourne, Australia electronic /noir /modern goth /industrial pop duo Loki Lockwood and Maggie Alley, aka VELATINE “NO GOD [holiday remix]” single
  • Karlstad, Swedish goth /synthpop /post-punk project Nevrosa “Down” single
  • Hamilton, UK-based darkwave project of Lea Torn, AKA The Secret Experiment “Defined?” from “The Unawake” 2-track single
  • Californian electronic darkwave solo project Fornicata “Striptease” single
  • Pizzo, Italy post-punk /new wave /darkwave band ALONE IN THE RAIN “Il Mostro” from the EP “Il Mostro”
  • Hungarian post-punk /synthpop duo Post Analog Disorder – “Van Hogy Sokszor” from the EP “Add Vissza…”
  • US dream pop /post-punk band Stigmata Kiss – “For An Annexed Lover” from Stigmata Kiss/Ghost Mile-split EP on Dark Entry Records
  • German dark ambient /coldwave /darkwave /post-punk project of Anna Nin (aka None), aka Glaring “Schweben” from the new EP “Schweben”
  • Paris based industrial /post-punk /coldwave one girl band Lila Ehjä “Hit the city” from the cassette EP “Yö” on CROUX records
  • Italian occult /coldwave /darkwave duo, iamnoone “The Broken Spell” from the new album “Together Alone” on COLD TRANSMISSION
  • L.A.-based goth /new wave /post-punk /dark synthpop /darkwave one-man band, Mortal Boy “The Jewel Wasp” new single.
  • México City coldwave /post-punk project of musician Dali Lantzeta AKA Hoffen “La noche de la tempestad” from the upcoming LP “Proteos: La Deconstrucción de Los Hechos”
  • Post-punk /gothic rock /darkwave /coldwave band from Belgium, GROUND NERO “Dead World” new single.
  • Berlin-based Argentinian Goth /Synthpop /Darkwave solo project Deus Ex Lumina “Fight Back!” single
  • Philadelphia, PN goth rock /post-punk project of Fredrick Dotchel, AKA Tragic Age “Influence” single
  • Armenia, Colombia Experimental /Post-Punk band Old Providence “Androide” single
  • Vancouver, BC new wave / post-punk 4-piece The Gathering “Constellations” single on Cold Transmission label
  • Toronto, Ontario post-punk /deathrock /darkwave duo DERMABRASION “Dragula” (Rob Zombie cover)
  • Costa Rica/US gothic rock collaboration of Ariel Maniki (Ariel Maniki and The Black Halos) and Zac Campbell (The Kentucky Vampires), aka The Waning Moon “Scars” single
  • Riverside, CA goth /post-punk /deathrock band led by Danny Aranda, Deep Cavity “Darker I Know You” from “Cathedral of Tears” EP
  • Czech gothic rock band from Prague, Cathedral In Flames “Not Another Vampire Song” single
  • London UK gothic rock band NFD “Surrender To My Will (The Demon & The Witch)” off “Trinity” E.P.
  • German darkwave /goth-rock duo from Hanover, WISBORG “Words Like Violence” from the upcoming 2023 remix double CD album “Seconds To The Void – The Remixes”
  • Berlin, Germany deathrock/ gothic rock /post-punk band Götterdämmerung “Common Existence” single
  • German darkwave band Diary of Dreams “The Secret” 1st single from the upcoming 2023 album
  • Denver, CO darkwave /emo /post-punk band Dead On A Sunday “Somebody Told Me” (The Killers cover) from the cover EP “Undercover: Volume 1”
  • Brisbane, Australia goth /darkwave /synthpop /post-punk project of Dis Pater (Midnight Odyssey, The Crevices Below, Tempestuous Fall, Dissvarth), Death Comes Crawling “The Past is Calling” from the maxi single “O’ Adrasteia”
  • Rome based Italian industrial /darkwave /synth-pop 4-piece of Riccardo Sabetti (Spiral69), Pasquale Vico (Date at Midnight), Andrea Freda (Spiritual Front) and Alessio Schiavi (Avant-Garde), THIS ETERNAL DECAY “Lights (ACTORS REMIX)” from “NOCTURNAL REMIXES” EP
  • California‘s dark electronic /new wave /post-punk /synthpop project VANDAL MOON “Sunlight (Antipole Remix)”
  • German synthpop outfit Beborn Beton “Dancer In The Dark” from the upcoming 9th LP “Darkness Falls Again (Deluxe Edition)” on Dependent
  • Italian post-punk /synthpop /darkwave solo project from Rome, Monoplastic Shape “Hyperactivity” single
  • Colchester, UK darkwave /cold wave /gothgaze act, Nothing. Existed. “Disappearance (Hante. remix)” from the special edition CD of 2018 debut EP “No Future” plus remixes and two bonus tracks on Peruvian label InClub
  • Seattle WA based Darkwave /Synth-Pop project of musician-producer Jasyn Bangert, AKA Hexheart “Red (Miserably Happy mix)”
  • Greek new wave /synth wave side solo project of Athens’ darkwave duo Selofan, Jovana “Μηχανή” from the album “Jovana” on Fabrika Records
  • Mexican EBM /Dark Synth Wave project of Rodo Marin AKA Monzanto – “Awareness” single.
  • Californian darkwave /post-punk band from San Fernando Valley, Blackrabit “Source” title track from the upcoming album on Rabitheart records
  • German post-punk /coldwave /indiewave /postwave solo project, A Transition “Background Radiation” single
  • Mexico City new wave /post-punk act Fría Máquina “Amante” first single of the debut EP
  • Saint Petersburg-based 3-piece post-punk /darkwave band Blind Dreams “Subterranean Rivers” new 2-track single                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Malang based, Indonesian darkwave /post-punk band Pillhs Castle “Pain” single on Ordo Nocturno
  • Montreal, Québec post-punk /synth-punk band Palliate “Schism” from 3-track “Demo” EP
  • French ’80s new wave /coldwave /post-punk trio TROUBLE FAIT’ ”Maybe tomorrow” single
  • French new wave /post-punk /coldwave project of Yannick Rault, Closed Mouth – “No” single.
  • Belgian new wave /dark rock /post-punk band, A Slice Of Life ”Matterhorn” (single)
  • Dallas, TX five-piece break away Dark Wave /Cold Wave /Post-Punk /Dream Goth band formed by SEVIT frontman, musician & singer-songwriter Jackie Legos, Happy Phantom – “There Could Be Danger (feat. Alyssa Burch)” from the album “REQUIEM”
  • Columbus, Indiana indie /new wave /post-punk solo project (Fka Into Grey), PILLAR “Now” first single               
  • Costa Rica based goth /new wave /post-punk band from San Josè, Ariel Maniki And The Black Halos “Love you like the ocean” single
  • Orléans, France goth /coldwave /shoegaze /post-punk solo project RocKo Is DeAd – “Luz Gótica (southern gothic)” from “AntiChristmas” EP
  • Oslo based indie rock /new wave /post-punk project (Fka TÅSEN TEA PARTY), Unknown Factory “Nothing more to fear” from the LP “Fraud, fiction and lost direction”
  • Riverside, CA new wave /post-punk solo project Eddie a.k.a. LovelyEddie “Destructive (No Hope)” single
  • New York based new wave /post-punk solo project Postlooperish “Anniversary Song” from “billet-doux” EP
  • Dallas, TX five-piece break away Dark Wave /Cold Wave /Post-Punk /Dream Goth band formed by SEVIT frontman, musician & singer-songwriter Jackie Legos, Happy Phantom – “A Light That I Can’t Save” from the remastered and remixed LP “Vicious Lies” (originally written by Jackie Legos in 20192020
  • Central Ohio Goth /Post-Punk /Synth Rock project (formerly MACHINΣ), Play Alone “Never Coming Back” from the debut “Black Glass” EP
  • New York goth /post-punk project of Shas Michelé (Stereo Julia), AKA Cemetery Dolls “Misery” single
  • Canadian synthpop /post-punk /coldwave duo from Ottawa, The Seance “Fatal Bounds” from the EP “LAST DANCE: AFTER PARTY” (B-sides of The Seance’s second album)
  • Hamilton, Canadian darkwave /post-punk duo, Concavity “Winds Of Death” single
  • Denver, CO darkwave /emo /post-punk band Dead On A Sunday “Somebody Told Me” (The Killers cover) from the cover EP “Undercover: Volume 1”
  • Post-punk /Darkwave /Synthwave project, Erich Zann’s Excess “Weeping Sun” from the EP “Singularity”
  • Italian Darkwave /Post-Punk one-man band IC2 “Dark Screen” single
  • Hungarian post-punk /darkwave band Crow Black Dream – “Nem elég” (Hold cover)
  • New Orleans, Louisiana goth punk /deathrock trio Come To Ruin “Deepest Pit” from upcoming debut LP “Funeral Hues”
  • French post-punk /darkwave instrumental solo project from Nancy, COREVANNE “Winter”
    from the EP “Desktop Trash” (compilation)
  • Chicago, IL shoegaze /darkwave post-punk Iron Years “Leave” from the LP “Reverie”
  • French goth /post-punk /coldwave solo project from Orleans, Glasszone “The Other Side” title track of the new album “The Other Side”
  • Southern Germany New Wave /Post-punk one-man band, Another Abyss “Liminal Space” single
  • Mid-90s formed Kalmar, Sweden goth /shoegaze /post-punk band LOOM “The Dream Is Over” single
  • Monterrey, Mexico shoegaze /post-punk Sonidos Rotos en Primavera “Escapar” single
  • Portland, OR indie rock /post-punk band KOALRA “Swept Away” from the new cassette LP “ Nihilism & Analog Tape”
  • Istanbul based synthpop /post-punk /darkwave Turkish one-man doomer band, ALTAN “Döngü” the first single from the upcoming album
  • Monterrey, Mexico coldwave /post-punk band KROOVYS “Momento” (single)
  • Saint-Petersburg based minimal /dark /synth wave solo project Куросава Курва [Kurosawa Kurwa] “wójna swétljсa” single
  • Bogotà, Colombia coldwave /darkwave /post-punk act SOMBRAS ‘Lápida’ from second studio album ‘Impermanencia’ on Tres incendios temporales
  • Cincinnati, Ohio experimental /dub /krautrock /post-punk /coldwave outfit led by Dylan Mccartney (Crime Of Passing, Mardou, The Serfs, The Switzerlands, Vacation), aka THE DRIN “Stonewallin’” off upcoming LP “Today My Friend You Drunk the Venom” on Feel It Records
  • German wave /post-punk band from Leipzig, Static Means “Lesson” from the mini-album “Disko Disco”
  • Brisbane via Byron Bay via London post-punk band New Builds “Suspiria” single
  • Moscow-based goth /post-punk collaboration Roman Lemnik Ft. El Globo Oscuro “Esquirlas* [Black Kingdom]
  • L.A. based alt post-punk band (members of Fury, Lock, Death Bells, and Leather Slave), Object Of Affection – “Half Life” from upcoming debut LP “Field Of Appearances” on Profound Lore
  • Cincinnati, OH punk /post-punk 4-piece CORKER “Lice” single off upcoming debut album on Feel It Records
  • Californian punk rock band formed in San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles in 1977, The Dickies “Blink 183″ ltd. unreleased 2-track 7” EP on Cleopatra Records
  • Stockholm, Swedish post-punk /punk band with members from Viagra Boys, Victims and Assid, Kalle Hygien & The Dog Pound “The Detester” 7″ EP on Push My Buttons
  • Marburg-based, East-German shoegaze /post-punk /new wave trio, Tricor “Last Christmas” single
  • Moscow based coldwave /darkwave solo project aktuele “Песня о Боге” single
  • Lithuanian darkwave /dark pop project JDV “Juodas lūpdažis” single
  • Fredericton-based experimental /ethereal /minimal /electronic solo project of Canadian singer-songwriter Sabarah Pilon, AKA DenMother “pith (sap)” from the 6-track EP “fawn response”
  • Dutch darkjazz project of Jason Köhnen (MANSUR, ex-The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble), The Lovecraft Sextet “Seekers Who Are Lovers” (Tribute to Cocteau Twins) blind cat charity single