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

Weekly Post-Punk // Darkwave // Dark Synth Tips – FEBRUARY 2024 – #05-24

PICKS OF THE WEEK:

  • Mexican goth /post-punk /darkwave duo Rey Rata “Visión Disociada” single

Goth-tinged Post-punk from Mexico, stuck in a sad psychological realm of hopelessness, that resonates over a rumbling and droning rhythm section,  haunted by obsessive, jagged, pain-fueled guitar melodies and warm wistful synth sweeps, whilst a dry distorted vocal agony wanders through the current desolate state of the human condition.

  • Wilmington, NC retro wave /synthpop artist (1/2 of Dead Cool), ANG!E “Dance Machine” debut single

One half of darkwave duo Dead Cool deftly teases the listener with a playful space-time portal on the perpetual bouncy and glittering synthetic sounds of smokey and stroboscopic ’80s discos, laced with the freshness and clarity of modern productions; a vibrant and elegant nostalgic first single about looking forward to the weekend, built on buzzy frenetic bass lines, piercing icy synth stabs and hypnotic dancing beats around shifting vocals of numb spoken word and bored disappointed whines, explains “Noone is ever dancing, they just stand around.”

  • Raw Darkwave Project from Northern Italy, VISIONE OSCURA – “Pain” from debut 2-track “DEMO II”

Minimal, wintry and stark Darkwave from Northern Italy, drives dull and urgent skipping rhythmic patterns and rumbling bass loops, cast in swirls of eerie icy bright weeping synth glares spookily flashing atop cryptic vocal distortions, trapped in a barren maze of paranoia and fear.

  • French ambient /experimental /industrial /dark-folk collaboration between Ardennes-based duo of Anne-Laure Therme & Damien Van Lede with veteran Parisian avant-garde multi-instrumentalist and composer (of Ilitch and Ruth fame), aka Pepe Eismeer & Thierry Müller – “AN AIM UPON A LIKE” from the upcoming second LP “Curieuse Quiétude” [ilitchmusic]
  • German electronic /darkwave duo In Mitra Medusa Inri “Broken Dreams” first single from the upcoming album “Second life”
  • Phoenix, AZ dreampop /darkwave duo Belle Lune “Believe” from upcoming LP “Chasing Shadows”
  • Danish electro /dark pop project of experienced industrial /synth wave composer and producer (Am Tierpark, Negant, Mirland, and several other projects), John R. Mirland, aka M73 “Out Of The Sun” from the “Hermetic” EP
  • Zurich, Switzerland shoegaze /post-punk /electronic /wave artist and producer BLANCHE BIAU “Lazy” (Low) from “Cover Collection” EP
  • Bern, Switzerland minimal /synth wave duo Sadie La Chèvre & Nora Düster, aka Extra Bleu Ciel “Banging Heads”
  • Manchester, English post-punk band formed in 1978 and fronted by guitarist and composer Vini Reilly, The Durutti Column “Soul Track” from the expanded vinyl 12″ edition of “Treatise on the Steppenwolf” the only soundtrack album by Factory Records affiliated band for the 12 Stars theatre production ‘Treatise on the Steppenwolf’ performed in Glasgow in May 2003 [Les Disques du Crépuscule]
  • Alès, South France /London, UK EBM /industrial /experimental dark electronic project of former members of cult London-based, Anglo-French “ghostrock” group, Piano Magic, Cédric Pin/Glen Johnson “Prick” from the upcoming album “The Allegory Of Vanity” vinyl LP+bonus 12″ EP via Second Language
  • German Goth /New Wave /Post-Punk project based in Karlsruhe, The Neon Hum “Lighthouse” (Single)
  • Dijon, France new wave /post-punk /coldwave solo project AIMABLE “Autrefois” title track of the album “Autrefois”
  • Scotland‘s gloom pop /synthpop /coldwave solo act, On Hallowed Ground “Shadow” from “Wasteland” EP
  • Rivne, Ukraine EBM /post-punk /coldwave /darkwave /electronic duo Ritual Lovers “Touch your hand” from the debut EP “Sombre Rawmantique”
  • Indianapolis coldwave /darkwave /synthpop /minimal synth act Square Hollow “Sacrifice” from the self-title “Square Hollow” EP
  • New Orleans, Louisiana-based critique of improvisational synthesis and criminology project of Sara Nicole Storm of Nail Clubs, aka Latex Cop “In the Field” from “Privacy Policy” LP 12″ via Optik Muzak
  • Duisburg, German dark ambient /industrial /electronic /angst pop duo (aka Te/DIS), OJOOHAR and FRANK URSUS – “Never Compromise” off “Frost Drought” 7″ EP [ant-zen]
  • Boston, MA-based experimental dystopian dark electronic dance music instigators Reuben Bettsak and Bo Barringer, aka  Ex-Hyena “Spiral Down” second single from the upcoming third album “A Kiss of the Mind” [Re:Mission Entertainment]
  • Dortmund, German minimal post-punk /dark wave /synthpop DIY solo project Age O.P.F “Your Lonely Life (52 Hz)” from the ltd. vinyl album “nEgeN”
  • East Germany‘s Post-punk /Trance /Synthwave group from Halle (Saale), Kissing Disease “Exil (feat. Larasüß)” single off upcoming “Erster Kuss” EP 12″ via Z-POP Records
  • German post-punk /darkwave /new wave duo Caput Medusae “Romantic Nightmare” from “I Wear Black ‘Til I’m Dead” 2-track 7″ single
  • Dresden-born, Berlin based post-punk/dark synth electro-wave artist Jennifer Touch “Wasted Time” first extract from the upcoming V/A “RainboWarriors Vol 1” [WARRIORECORDS]
  • Washington, D.C. Synth-based project of Luna Blanc, S Y Z Y G Y X “Your Sex Is An Accelerant” from upcoming V/A “ZEITGEIST CHROME VOL. 02” via COLD TRANSMISSION MUSIC
  • Brussels, Belgium EBM /Electro /Coldwave /Darkwave duo ULTRA SUNN “Shake Your Demons” from upcoming LP “US” via Artoffact Records
  • Belgian dark minimal wave duo of top model and singer Kim Peers and Amenra‘s guitarist Mathieu Vandekerckhove, aka SKEMER “KISS ME KILL ME (Kontravoid Remix)”
  • Brooklyn, NY-based EBM /industrial techno /dark electronic producer Bryan Black, aka Black Asteroid “Ashes and Dust feat. ACTORS” from the upcoming LP “Infinite Darkness” on Artoffact Records
  • Austria-based darkwave /synthpop /Italo disco /electronic solo project IVUR [Infraviolet Ultrared] “Strangelight” from “GAMMA” EP
  • Palmira, Colombia EBM /industrial /minimal synth /minimal wave solo project HUMAN 80 “Fahren Sie hier fort ⚙” single on Nevel Records
  • US industrial /electro /darkwave ‘Neo-Goth Club Music’ project Skin Temple “Dirty Love” from the LP “Goth Club”
  • German veteran industrial /electro /avant-garde minimal modular synth architect Matthias Schuster (Geisterfahrer, Bal Pare, and Das Institut), aka Im Namen Des Volkes “Alles Verfall” from the 7″ EP “Welt ist Kaputt” [Ant Zen]                                                                                                                                     
  • Fields Of The Nephilim – “Psychonaut (WLDV Edit)”
  • Moscow based EBM /new beat /darkwave /synthpop duo of German roots, May Diem – “Euphorie” title track of the upcoming EP via Oberwave Records
  • London-based post-punk /techno EBM/ industrial /darkwave producer Wvalaam Klous – “TOXIC LOVER” from cassette album “CRIME TIME”                                                                                                                       
  • Seattle based minimal synthpop /darkwave solo project PROFIT PRISON “Sophia” from upcoming LP “Gilt” on AVANT! Records
  • French minimal electro /Italo /synth wave artist Makina Girgir “Home” from V/A “20232003 = 20 Years of 4mg records” limited anniversary compilation cassette to celebrate 20 years of Slovakian label 4mg Records existence
  • California’s industrial /drum & bass /shoegaze /techno /EBM /electronic band Houses of Heaven “Within/Without” from upcoming LP “Within/Without” on Felte Records
  • London-based Italian synth artist M!R!M – “Into The Night” from V/A “2 Afraid 2 Leave” LP re-imagination of Berlin/Munich Post Punk band’s 2021’s album “Afraid To Leave” via Wave Tension Records (Vinyl ) and Icy Cold Records (CD)
  • Barcelona dakwave /synth-pop duo Ana Of The Head & David Solazo, HUIR “TRIUMPHAL” second single via Cold Trasmission Music
  • London, UK tragic wave/synth pop /post-punk solo act Analog Dance “Gloom” from the album “Stranger Minds”
  • Providence, Rhode Island trip-hop /dream-pop /synthpop duo of Tom Shear (Assemblage 23) & vocalist Mari Kattman (Day Twelve, Mari & The Ghost), aka Helix “Unimaginable Place” title track of “Unimaginable Place” EP
  • German electro /synthpop duo from Stuttgart, Sugartin “Komm Wir Tanzen” from the EP “Breakdown” [Exlove Records]
  • Russian synthgoth /darkwave one-man project by Dmitry Nordman, aka Elezoria “Terrible Dream (Mental Discipline Remix)” single on SkyQode
  • Austin, TX new wave /synthpop solo project, Holy Wire “I Still Feel Alone All The Time” from upcoming LP “The Ending Of An Age” via à La Carte Records
  • Bay Area darkwave /post-punk /gothic rock project No Horizon “Hinterland” single
  • Brooklyn, NY indie /synthpop duo Live in Peace – “New England / New Nightmare” single via flower sounds
  • Italian occult /Giallo /dungeon /horror /prog /soundtrack /synth electronic project of Steve Spettro, aka Spettro Family “WE ARE THE TROLLS” from “TROLL MAN STAR” LP
  • Essen, Germany based synthpop /gothic rock /darkwave artist (Aeon Sable, Melanculia, Deied, hgmr), Nino Sable “Robot Party (Dos Asmund Remix)”
  • Dark Wave band from Germany, PLASTIC AUTUMN “Obsidian” single
  • Bay Area darkwave /post-punk /gothic rock project No Horizon “Hinterland” single
  • Louisville, Kentucky post-punk /darkwave duo Stephen Beasey and Brian Cain, aka Who Saw Her Die? “Lovedead” from the “Lovedead” EP
  • Chelyabinsk, Russia’s first old school goth punk /post-punk band in South Ural, Witch Will Die “Lost” from the EP “Lost” from “Lost, Wounded & Agonised”
  • Hungarian post-punk /darkwave band Crow Black Dream “Fázom,félek” from the album “Csak csend”
  • Moncton, Canada-based Doom Metal /Gothic Rock solo project of Jason Schatsle (aka Wardruid), Gothnetic – “Two Flames” single
  • Turkish Post-Punk /Dark Wave duo DUCTAPE “Anafor” from “Echo Drama Singles” CD (3 singles from the upcoming album) on Swiss Dark Nights
  • Leipzig, Germany shoegaze /darkwave /post-punk duo Elende Leiber “Moloch” from the third CD EP “Allnacht”
  • Chilean shoegaze /post-punk /darkwave solo project from Talca, Isoldes “Dark time” from the second “A Tragedy Unfolds” EP
  • Bay Area based post-punk /shoegaze /coldwave band Topographies “Cleanse” from the sophomore LP “Interior Spring” via Dark Entries Records
  • Saint Germain En Laye, France darkwave /coldwave /post-punk act JADIS “The Killing Time” from “JADIS” EP
  • Tbilisi, Georgia-based, US post-punk /darkwave project Sara Stuttgart “Intruder” from the new album “Reflection”
  • Dallas, TX 4-piece post-punk /darkwave act SEVIT “Drain To White” single
  • Barcelona-based post-punk band Low Blows “Ficcion” new single
  • US darkwave /synth new wave band Rose Chamber “Immortal Tragedy” from the cassette EP “State of Affairs” via Raven Records
  • Pomona, CA industrial rock /darkwave /shoegaze /post-punk band, Jaqobin – “Snake Charmed” single
  • L.A. based post-punk band The XRAY5 “Bright” single
  • Mexico-based psych /post-punk /indie rock band Mercvrial “No Loss” single
  • Geneva, Switzerland post-punk /Wave /pop one woman band, PURPUR SPYTT “On A Circle” from cassette album “Scavenges, Time-travels, and Scrapbooks” [Fetuccini]
  • UK no-wave /post-punk band led by X-Ray Spex co-founder Lora Logic, Essential Logic “Wake Up (BBC John Peel session)” from “PRE 040: ESSENTIAL LOGIC – John Peel session 21.02.79″ EP 10” [Precious Recordings of London]
  • Montreal, Quebec-based electro-art-punk /austere-disco act AUS!Funkt “Still My Way” from “My Way / Interception” EP                                                                                                                                                                                    
  • Rome, Italy ambient /dub /noise /post-punk /jazz-funk band Trans Upper Egypt “Benghe” from the 4th LP “No Dub” [Maple Death / My Own Private Records]
  • Providence, Rhode Island dark ambient /berlin school /electronic /dungeon synth project of Josua Karlson, aka Radagast “Traversing the Light” from the cassette album “The Forgotten Realm of Oxori” [Yuggoth Records]
  • French Medieval /folk /rural dungeon synth project Malebrune “Morne chant de taverne” from the album “Aux sombres heures de la peste”
  • Seattle, WA dark ambient /nature /dungeon synth act Woodland Crypt “Grove of the Nine Firs” from the album “Where the Grey Mist Parts”
  • German experimental dungeon synth act KletTtermax – “Bloody Fur” from “Lathe Split” single by “Unearthly Gasp / KletTtermax” [Personal Uschi Records]

(c) Natalia Drepina

 

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