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

Weekly Post-Punk // Darkwave // Dark Synth Tips – MARCH 2024 – #11-24

PICKS OF THE WEEK:

  • Berlin-based four-piece international Wave /Post-punk /Peace Punk band CIERŃ “Disposable” off of upcoming “Flawless” EP

As usual, informed with thought-provoking lyrics, “Flawless” explores the negative effect of big industry on an authentic self-view, stirring a loose-limbed syncopated and pulsing rhythmic section and sharp-edged strident guitar slivers, to menacingly echo against evocative vocals of cold spoken word, caustic cries, and claustrophobic conversations with deceptive and sinister intents.

  • Lyon, France DIY coldwave /minimal-synth duo Lovataraxx “TRÄUMEN” second single from the upcoming 2nd album “SOPHOMORE” [Cold Transmission Music]

Sung in the German language, the nostalgic 80s-infused Synth-Pop number “Dreams”, related to the surreal Noah Baumbach’s film take on Don De Lillo’s “White Noise” cult novel, compels a relentless bounce of urgent drum beats and droning undulating bass loops, while swirling icy-bright synths weave neurotic flourishes and atmospheric grey misty sweeps over moody vocals, to escape, as the movie suggests, into the dance-inducing ecstasy against the ordinary hopeless gloom.

  • Californian DIY Lo-Fi /Post-punk /Synth-Pop /Minimal Synth act based in Long Beach, Nights Templar “Floorboards” from the upcoming cassette album “Half The Year” via Paisley Shirt Records

Fuzzy and pensive Californian post-punkers tease their third album with a track imbued with subtly nervous, emotional tension that begets ceaseless vibrant throbs of steady snare drums along with sonorous bleak bass meanderings, to fuel obsessive piercing guitar melodies and hollow-blowing fluid synth flows, with somber melancholy, enveloping restless hazy vocals, longing to be noticed amid a loved one’s angry silence.

  • US dark folk project led by former founding member of Denver‘s 16 Horsepower, Jean Yves Tola featuring singer Chantal Acda and friends, ALÓWAŊ “Let it Flow” from the upcoming debut album “Feathers” via Giltterhouse Records
  • Stockholm-based ambient /found sounds /tape loops /field recordings /noise /synth /folk duo Anja Enerud (member of Orphan Ann) and Sonja Tofik, aka ASET “Partisan” from the cassette album “Bortom naturens förlåt” [Moloton]
  • Spanish darkwave /post-punk /coldwave solo project URCO “Condenados” single
  • Goth Post-punk / Darkwave solo project of  Norwegian multi-instrumentalist and composer Hide Tepes (Carrion, MissFit Toys), BRIDES “Fear & Faith” from the debut CD LP “Doom Profits” [Produkt 42]
  • Tennessee experimental /goth /post-punk /coldwave /dark electronics /cold wave project of Daniel Lewis (aka Daniel Holt, The Recluse or Death Posture), AKA Human Figures “Stone For A Glass House” from upcoming “Open Window” LP 12″ [Raw Culture]
  • Swedish ambient rock /ethereal /dark wave /dreampop /shoegaze duo Pink Milk “The End Of The World” from the third album “Night on Earth” [Black Hair Records]
  • Lüneburg, Germany darkwave /post-punk /gothic rock solo project by M. (bass player of blackened-stoner-doom band Grimmage), Feeding On Grief “Medusa In Reverse” from the debut demo EP “Fog”     
  • Philadelphia, PA synth wave /dark wave /ghost music project Hirudidae “Spring” single
  • New York electronic /post-punk /darkwave act Spectral Spells “Underwater” first single
  • Buenos Aires post-punk /dark wave act THE TERROR “Parasomnia” featuring Fabián Iribarne (Euroshima) single from upcoming álbum “Tiempo Oscuro” [No Me Escucho Records]
  • Houston, TX darkwave /synthpop project Danza Muerta “Tundra” single
  • Casper Mountain, Wyoming goth /black metal /ritual /darkwave solo act Dusk Winters “Love Like Fire” single
  • Arizona synth rock /post-punk duo Black Tapestry “Prick” single
  • UK shoegaze /psychedelic /post-punk /coldwave duo The KVB “Overload” from upcoming “Tremors” album via Invada
  • Los Angeles coldwave /synthwave /synthpop project EM_LEN “A Light That Bends (Original Mix)” single [Street Food Records]
  • Portland, OR dark synth-punk act Crone Call “Beast” single
  • Schaffhausen, Switzerland post-punk /synthpop /coldwave duo Walter Frosch “Broken Wings (I Don’t Feel A Thing)” from “Star 10110” LP via Mangel Records, Irascible Records (EU) and Glowing Dagger (US)
  • Germany minimal wave /synthpop artist (aka Acid Ernst), Konstantin Unwohl “Hoch auf dem gelben Wagen (Single Edit)” [Tapete Records]
  • Japanese synth-pop /new wave project of Goro Some (the compilation’s original producer and founder of Soft label), Clä-Sick – “Every Night” from the vinyl reissue of V/A “Soft Selection 84 – A Nippon DIY Wave compilation” LP (originally released in 1984 on DIY label Soft) [Glossy Mistakes]
  • German/British ambient /electroacoustic /experimental /wave /electronic pop /synth collaboration between Hainbach & Sam Battle, aka Hainbach & Look Mum No Computer “Zwischenzeit” from “Pipe Dreams” EP
  • Sacramento, CA minimal wave /synth band founded in 2012 by US-based artist Tony Williams, KLINE COMA XERO “Sentimental Control” from the upcoming new vinyl 12″ LP “Running in the Dark” [OBJETROUVÉ label]
  • Berlin‘s lo-fi /post-punk /minimal synth wave solo project of one half of DAS DAS, Cosey Mueller “Constructed” from V/A “MUTANT MODALITY vol. 2” compilation LP [MUTANT MODALITY]
  • L.A. based Wesley Eisold & Amy Lee‘s synthwave /synthpop project Cold Cave “She Reigns Down” single [Heartworm Press]
  • French EBM /synthwave /darkwave /synthpop musician from Paris, SYDNEY VALETTE “The Healer ft. Bernard” single
  • Los Angeles based post-industrial /dark wave /electronic producer and multi-instrumentalist Alan Joseph, aka Velvet Machines “Haunted (The Dreamer Mix)” [eMERGENCY heARTS]
  • Scotland, UK goth /synthpop /darkwave artist Propter Hoc “Beyond the Pleasure Principle” from the album “Zodiac Carousel” on Cold Transmission Music
  • Paris-based Darkwave /Minimal Wave /Synthpop /Dark Electronic duo Adriano Iacoangeli and Cecilia Dassonneville, aka ECHOBERYL “Silent Monster” title track of the upcoming Vinyl/CD LP “Through the Chaos” [Mother Solitude Records / Icy Cold Records]
  • Berlin-based ethereal /EBM /Italo /darkwave /trance /synthpop /dark electronic Australian artist and FLEISCH Records founder, Zoè Zanias, aka Zanias – “Lovelife (Skelesys Remix)” from “Lovelife Remixes” EP [FLEISCH Records]
  • Colombian Post-punk /Darkwave /Dark Electronic project by Juan Manuel a.k.a Mel Zb, Noromakina “Infernal (feat. Marga VM)” single [Cold Transmission Music]
  • Switzerland-based new wave /synthpop duo BLACKBOOK “Normal” from the upcoming sophomore LP “Radio Strange” [darkTunes]
  • Kazakhstan black metal /electronic /dungeon synth act Труп Колдуна / Warlock Corpse “Bloody Tears of the Desert” title track of the cassette album “Bloody Tears of the Desert” [Personal Uschi Records / Weregnome Records]
  • Lebanon Hannover – “Die World II (toocontrasted edit)”
  • Catalan industrial techno /EBM duo Mario F. & Jogile D., aka SMFORMA “Whispers” from “It’s a Weird Place” EP 12″ [SOIL]
  • Paris based EBM /BDSM /darkwave /dark techno solo act CECIL OZARA “Fehler” single
  • Austria industrial pop act Aesthetic Perfection “Monochrome” single
  • German electropop band Logic & Olivia “I Wish” from “Channel Two (Part 1)” EP [Infacted Recordings]
  • Minneapolis, MN alternative dark synth-pop artist (member of  Plastik Boxes), Greg Online “Beyond Alive” single
  • New York dark electronic pop /synth-pop duo The Mystic Underground “In A Darkened Room (Jeremy Bastard Dub Mix)” single [Re:Mission Entertainment]
  • Swedish retrowave /electronic /synthpop project Code64 “The Shape” single
  • Los Angeles based new wave /darkwave /post-punk project of Carlo Mancia, aka Mortal Boy “The Millenials” from the album “The Carbon Orchestra”
  • Tijuana Mexico Dark Wave /Post-punk /Synth Wave duo Ritüel For Two “Meaning of life” single
  • Valladolid, Spain post-punk /dark electronic /darkwave collaboration Greyhound & Veiled Venus “Idus” single
  • US five piece grunge /dream pop /goth rock band from New England, Dirt Devil “The Graveyard” from upcoming sophomore album “Desert Moon”
  • Copenhagen, Denmark dark new-wave /post-punk band The Foreign Resort “Resound” single [Artoffact Records]
  • Parisian Post-punk /Cold Wave duo Curtain “Between Us” title track of the new album “Between Us” [Manic Depression Records]
  • Italian Post-Punk /Gothic band from Rome, ECHOES OF SILENCE “Lover” from the third LP “Too Late”
  • Los Angeles-based Post-Punk /Gothic /Dark Wave project of Canadian artist Pete Mills, aka The Sweet Kill “Queen” single
  • Swiss post-punk /gothic rock project from multi-instrumentalist, artist and producer Tim Nyss (Nyss, Över, Sárr, Þ, Lover and ex-Charger), The Modern Violet “Hourglass” from “Hourglass / No Town” [SwissDarkNights Label]
  • Nashville, TN post-punk /post-industrial /dark wave /synthpop duo Before After Again “Concrete” single
  • Grodno, Belarus gothic rock /darkwave solo act Aven Graph “It’s My Own Fault” single
  • Riverside, CA goth /post-punk /darkwave /coldwave project Perpetual Midnight “A Cold Shoulder” from the 2-track single “Reunion”
  • Saint-Petersburg post-punk /darkwave /shoegaze /gothic rock band Private Cabinet – “Зима” (single)       
  • German post-punk trio Lyschko – “Staubtanz” single [My Favourite Chords/Broken Silence]
  • Vancouver, BC coldwave /post-punk band Spectres “Dominion” from the LP “Presence” [Artoffact Records]
  • Los Angeles darkwave /post-punk trio Digital Drvgs – “Funeral Party” single
  • Rio De Janeiro, Brazil Proletarian Breakbeat /Shoegaze /Gothic/ Dark Glitchwave band led by André Luiz, aka ASTROPHYSICS “A Last Look Behind Before the Door Closes Forever” from the album “The Unending Need For Perpetual Motion”
  • Oakland, CA-based Post-Punk- Neo-Goth duo, 55CASTLES “HIGH NOON” single
  • Italian darkwave /post-punk /black metal /shoegaze band Moonoises – “Cold Grey” from the debut album “She – The Void” [These Hands Melt]
  • Leeds, UK gothic rock project of Joel Heyes, aka Byronic Sex & Exile “Conspiracy” from the album “Libertas” on Goth City Records
  • Hamburg, Germany goth /goth rock /new wave /post-punk band Ten Mad Mongers “Dark” single
  • Minneapolis, MN Goth Rock /Darkwave band Cult Sequence “Psalm” from “Psalm” EP 12″
  • Russian indie /post-punk band Взаперти – “Я смотрю вокруг” single                                                                       
  • Szczecin, Poland lo-fi post-punk collective KILOFF – “I’m Not Sure” from the live cassette album “Wbrew wszelkim podejrzeniom” [Syf Records]
  • Czech post-punk band Diist – “Rising Wave” from upcoming LP
  • Finland post-punk/darkwave duo from Tampere, Uhrisavu “Ulkopuolella” single                                     
  • London-based five-piece dark punk /post-punk band Beige Banquet “Ornamental Hermit” title track of the second album “Ornamental Hermit” via Just Step Sideways (UK), Swish Swash Records (EU) and Future Shock Records (US)
  • Glasgow-based indie rock /post-punk /indie pop band (members of Current Affairs, Nightshift, Order of the Toad and Robert Sotelo), DANCER “Troi” from debut album “10 Songs I Hate About You” [Meritorio Records]
  • Groningen, Netherlands indie /punk /post-punk band Real Farmer “I Can’t Run” from the debut LP “Compare What’s There” [Strap Originals]
  • Brooklyn, NY art-rock /minimal post-punk band Gustaf “Starting and Staring” from upcoming album “Package Pt. 2” on Royal Mountain Records
  • Chicago-based noise rock /post-punk trio STUCK “Deep Tunnel” from the 2-track single “Deep Tunnel b/w AITA?”
  • Chemnitz, Germany noise rock /gloom punk /post-punk foursome L’ appel Du Vide “Nacht” from upcoming “Metro” LP
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK four piece post-hardcore /punk band FAST BLOOD “Sexual Healing” single s off upcoming debut album “Sunny Blunts”
  • Germany dark ambient /fantasy synth /old school dungeon synth act Gilgareth “Die Schwarze Zitadelle” from the cassette album “Eine Reise beginnt [Demo]”
  • Mysterious dark ambient /dungeon synth project MISERY “As We Waltz Through the Light of Stained Glass Windows” from the album “To Weep Within the Dismal Garden of Black Twilight” [Serpent’s Sword]
  • Quebec experimental /black ambient /drone /dungeon synth act Malgeist “Cathedral at the End of Time” from the album “Sword Stained With Royal Blood” [Scarlet Kross]