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

Weekly Post-Punk / Darkwave / Dark Synth Tips – APRIL #17-22

  • Seattle, WA electronic /new wave /post-punk solo project WISTERIA “Charon’s obol” from the 2-track single “Enshrined / Charon’s obol”

Although initially confusing due to the presence of an L.A. act of the same name, the debut from Seattle‘s ‘reclusive sound witch’, peppered with a healthy dose of Kantian nihilism, deploys two gloomy, disturbing and mesmerising slices of minimal post-punk, to which, if we really want to, we could only argue a certain basic homogeneity, introduced beautifully by an obsessively murmuring, pulsing, menacing bassline along with crisp steady beats, punctuated and lacerated by distorted and excruciating shrilling feedback frequencies to cloak manic, tormented vocals in a magnetic poetic lyrical offering of emotional tragedy and self-eviscerating tears.

  • Norwegian New Wave | Post-punk | Indie rock project from Oslo, TÅSEN TEA PARTY “Corner Of Trust” from the 2-track single of the same name.

The Norwegian project clearly inspired by Joy Division continues with a hectic pace in nearly daily releases, hard for a relaxed Latin like me to keep up with. While constantly retaining a dusky, contemplative and greyish hued style, it happens that sometimes more than others he succeeds, amidst obsessive sharp and painful guitar wails, sorely deep atmospheric bass pulsations and cold ethereal gusts of keyboard hunch, to fully capture the introverted, reflective, as well as desolate and romantically sorrowful essence of the beloved Mancunians, whilst the scratchy, haunted baritone vocals drop ominous omens of destruction and dread.

  • Spanish post-punk /shoegaze /darkwave solo bedroom project OSCURIDAD ROMÁNTICO “Dysfunctional Passion” single                                                                                                                                                             

Oscuridad Romántico is another one-man band, this time from Spain, not as focused and prolific as the Norwegian one above, but which wanders with fine results between post-punk, darkwave, shoegaze and indie rock. At times, as in this case, very keen to draw all the eerie, angry, and aggressive vibes of the post-punk forebears, to compel hypnotic, throbbing bassline obsessions to drive insatiable desire through syncopated, tight snares, abrasive distorted guitar riffs and whining squealing frequencies, devilish celestial howls, and wicked chanting confessions to stir lost passion with brutal longings and alienating swirls of toxic dread.  

  • Bolivian goth /cold darkwave solo project Le Petit Mort “Zwielicht”                                                                           
  • US electronic / coldwave / synth-wave solo project of Michael Buchanan (Nommo Ogo, and Seacrypt), Identity Theft “Degloving” (unrelesed recorded in 2017)                                                                                       
  • ’80s Lyon based, French synthpop /coldwave duo WHITE PAIN “A Kick In Your Mind” from the remastered Vinyl 12″ reissue plus bonus tracks of the 1986 album “Paroles Absurdes” on Camisole Records
  • Coldwave/synthpop duo from Vermont & Québec, On The Flesh – “Sorrow Lingers” title track from the mini-album “Sorrow Lingers”
  • The Hague, Netherlands one-woman analog dark synth project Dim Garden “Visions of Love” from the upcoming cassette album “A Dauntless Sprite Descends” on Italo Moderni
  • Netherlands post-punk /dark wave /krautrock /coldwave /synth band from Utrecht, CYMBALINE “Computerleven” title track from the upcoming debut “Computerleven” LP on Young & Cold Records
  • Hungarian Techno /EBM DJ-Producer featuring Emke of Dark Pop duo Black Nail Cabaret, MAN + MACHINE & EMKE – “Room To Cry (Velvet Claw Version)” from the “Room To Cry” cassette single on Istigkeit Records
  • Argentina‘s industrial /electropop /post-punk /darkwave act Hypocrypts – “Shivers” (Single)
  • Bogotà, Colombia synthpop /dark electro duo Two mutants “Arde” from “Out of control” EP
  • French DIY post-punk /synth wav /electro act LISA PUNG “La jeune fille [rmx CHÖD]” from “La jeune fille” single
  • Swedish electronic /EBM act ALL SYSTEMS OUT “Unforgiven” single
  • US darkwave /techno /electro /EBM solo project of Josh McVety, AKA Mellow Code “Antworte” single
  • Athens-based, Greek bedroom post-punk /synth-punk solo project ΟΡΘΟΔΟΞ “Τέλος ή αναθεώρηση” from the EP “Ένας κάποιος επίλογος”
  • US goth /industrial /dark electronic /darkwave artist BESTIAL MOUTH “I Am The Spell” the first single from Bestial Mouths’ upcoming album “R.O.T.T. (inmyskinn)”
  • New York dark electronic /synth-punk artist (Fka Ghotha from the collective project Unboned), RHOYA “Depéndency” single                                                                                                                                                                                      
  • Düsseldorf based darkwave /electro duo Fort Nimmermehr “Time (Dance Version)”
  • Manchester, UK post-punk /darkwave /electro goth female producer Still Forever – “Thru the Veil” new single on Valentine Records
  • East London based synth wave solo project of Italian multi-instrumental artist Jack Milwaukee, aka M!R!M “Grey Skies” from the album “Time Traitor” on Avant!
  • California post-punk /darkwave solo project PLEASURE POLICY “IYHSUTU” single from the forthcoming LP “Is Your Heart Still Unmoved Towards Us”
  • Spanish Darkwave /Synth-pop duo from Madrid, The Red Dots “Collapse” new single
  • Perm, Russia punk-punk /coldwave /darkwave one-man-band Kondratie [Кондратий] “Цвѣты” from the new album “Москва”
  • New Québec/Vermont coldwave project of Maude Renarde (vocals/lyrics) and Triumphant Race‘s Etienne Tel’uial (synths), aka ON THE FLESH “Sorrow Lingers” the title track from the new EP (recorded in 201819)
  • Los Angeles‘ electronic /coldwave /new wave /minimal synth duo of founder Milton Scott and composer and singer-songwriter-producer Jason “Halogen” Dunn, THE PRESENT MOMENT “Life-Line” from the new 5th album “Enough To Drive You Mad”.
  • Paris based new wave /French synthpop duo DJ Varsovie & Tony Turbo, AKA Vol 2045 “Au Bout Du Monde” title track from the forthcoming EP “Au Bout Du Monde” on Intervision
  • New York darkwave /post-punk /synth wave trio New Faith “Outsiders” from “New Faith” 2-track demo
  • Australian Autistic Blackwave Artist, STRIBORG “Lost in a Dream” from the LP “Lost in Between Worlds”
  • Mainz, Germany darkwave /post-punk duo SHEEBABA “Big Bull” single
  • Noise /Electro /Post-Wave outfit OddZoo “Fiberglass” from the second LP “Overdriven Monsoon” on Perurbator’s Music of the Void
  • Los Ángeles based Dreampop /Post Punk DIY project of Christian Morales AKA Closed Tear “Tired” single
  • French indie /psych /garage-pop /post-punk all-girl 4-piece ROSE MERCIE “Cats and Dogs” from the sophomore vinyl 12″ album “¿Kieres Agua?” on Jelodanti Records and Celluloid Lunch Records
  • Californian dark punk band from Ventura (members of Massenger, Detoxi, Sweet Reaper & Catholic Spit), HEAD CUT “Ojos En La Luna” single
  • Santiago, Chile post-punk /coldwave solo project MARZENIE “Daga” single
  • Bologna, Italy indie rock /no wave /post-punk band Big Cream “Shopping List” single from the upcoming second LP on We Were Never Being Boring Collective
  • French Post-Punk /Dark Rock duo AinSophAur “Rumeur” from the album “Chants de Ruines” on Manic Depression Records
  • Tilburg, Netherlands based Post-Punk band Docile Bodies “Magnolia” from the upcoming debut cassette album “Sculptures in Motion” on à La Carte Records
  • Californian goth /coldwave /post-punk band (former members of All Teeth, Life Long Tragedy and Creative Adult), FEARING “When Nights End” from the EP “Desolate” on Profound Lore (vinyl 12″)
  • Brooklyn, NY no-wave /post-punk project Naked Objects “Mark5 (lcm)” from “The LCM Sessions” EP
  • Italian Darkwave /Post-Punk one-man band IC2 “Bad Moon Light” single
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico Post-punk /Darkwave solo musical project by film composer and multi-instrumentalist E.K. Wimmer, AKA Blood Relations “New December” second single from the upcoming debut album.                                                                                                                                                                         
  • Bavaria, Germany neo-folk /NDW /post-punk /darkwave solo project DIAF – “Bluadhund” from the second album “Gloria” via Young & Cold Records.
  • Florence, Italy dark wave /post-punk solo project of Luigi Buonaiuto aka TERMINAL SERIOUS “Nobody Sees Us (feat. Çağla Güleray of Ductape)” first single from the upcoming EP “Gift For You”
  • Barcelona‘s Deathrock /Dark Post-Punk band MALEFIXIO “La Sombra” first single from the forthcoming album “Magia Ceremonial”
  • Italian gothic rock /post-punk band from Rome, Echoes of Silence “How” from the LP “Too Late” on Icy Cold Records
  • French experimental /post-punk /coldwave project of Yannick Rault, AKA Closed Mouth – “Wherever he goes” from the new album “Lonely Days”
  • German Darkwave /Post-Punk duo URBANDONED. “At A Glance” from “Scenic Outpost” [EP].
  • Jakarta, Indonesia Post-Punk 4-piece MALARIE “New Travellers” from the EP “Hysteria”
  • Quetzaltenango, Guatemala new wave /post-punk outfit GUERRA FRIA “El Día En Que Yo Muera” title track from the debut EP “El Día En Que Yo Muera”
  • Washington, DC occult /avant-guard psychedelic rock collective Gorazde – “Novena” from “Cryptic Margins” LP on Saccharine Underground
  • French post-punk /coldwave solo project PRINCE DRAMA “COLD LOVE (Demo)” from “POST DEPRESSION DEMOS” EP
  • Rouen, France post-punk band Unschooling “Shopping On The Left Bank” single on Bad Vibrations Records
  • Brussels, Belgium lo-fi /garage /post-punk trio Warm Exit “Ultra Violence” 2-track single from the upcoming LP
  • Szczecin, Poland‘s new wave /post-punk /punk solo project BZDET “Ile Jeszcze” from the cassette album “ATOM” on Syf Records
  • New York’s peace /anarcho-punk band Straw Man Army “State Of The Art” from the second LP “SOS” on LA VIDA ES UN MUS DISCOS
  • Early ’80s formed Mole, Wales‘ synth /post-punk /new wave act DISCIPLES OF SPESS “Another New Iceland (Bradshaw alternative version 1986)” from the archival vinyl 12″ compilation album + unreleased tracks/versions & bonus mixes “Another New Iceland” [1984-1988] on Dead Wax Records
  • Los Angeles-via-Sydney‘s post-punk duo Death Bells “Lifespring” single from upcoming LP “Between Here & Everywhere” on Dais.
  • Washington D.C. garage rock /post-punk project D E A T H B A G – “Spell” second single from D E A T H B A G ‘ S debut s/t album out May 13th 2022 on Swish Swash Records.
  • Lyon, France gothic rock /hardcore punk /post-punk band BLEAKNESS “Dancing with Darkness” from the upcoming LP “Life At A Standstill” via Destructure and Sabotage Records (vinyl – EU), Bat-Cave Productions (CD – EU), à La Carte Records and FDL (vinyl – US).
  • West Midlands based indie rock /new wave /post-punk 4-piece Headshrinkers – “Monocle” from Headshrinkers’ upcoming debut EP
  • Brooklyn, NY dark wave /post-punk /goth-pop band LONDON PLANE “Bright Black” new single from upcoming s/t LP
  • Dublin‘s post-punk /garage /indie rock band Fontaines D.C. “Roman Holiday” taken from the album “Skinty Fia” out now on Partisan Records.

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