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

Weekly Post-Punk // Darkwave // Dark Synth Tips – APRIL 2024 – #17-24

PICKS OF THE WEEK:

  • Budapest, Hungary four-piece goth /cold wave /darkwave band Cold Contrast “My Emptiness” single

One of the most interesting up-and-coming acts from the recently effervescent modern Hungarian Dark music scene with a close look at the 80s past. As usual atmospheric, cold, yet the darkest and most poignant so far, the new Cold Contrast single, which deals with a complete physical and spiritual emptiness, compels steady mechanical beats and ominous hypnotic bass lines to bounce through a sorrowing murky shroud, swept by forlorn transformative synth drifts, and edgy icy bright buzzy stabs, around moody emotive vocals, shifting harsh devilish whispers with fragile melancholic longings, and distant distorted cries of urgent hopelessness, “no more tomorrows.”

  • Pdte. Franco, Paraguay Minimal-Synth duo project CODE “Code” from the S/T EP via De la Alkantarilla Distro

A nice single released a couple of weeks ago, somehow we had missed, is the, I guess, debut from a Paraguayan duo with classic melancholic strains of Minimal Synth and Synth-Pop stylings. Driving drum patterns, bouncy buzzy basslines, and persistent icy tinkling arpeggios, enshrouded by soaring emotive synth swathes with ghostly agitated vocals, not its best part though, equally nostalgic, anxious, and stirring, enough to dance and trip away with.

  • Italian wave /minimal synth /synth-punk solo act Ruhr “Gestalt” from the S/T EP [Brutal Forms]

High energy stripped down synth-driven action straight from Italy ‘by the way’ of angsty Teutonic lyrics, to provide a DAF-esque NDW vibe, corroborated with a fierce punk punch. Heavy stomping drum programming, droning rumbling bass lines, and skewed harsh swirling edgy synth strains coalesce around angsty strained vocals and ominous swirling echoes, vacillating between disruptive edgy frequencies and ache-inducing buzzing hypnosis, with stripped-down heartfelt infectious urgency as if there’s no tomorrow.

  • Dark ambient /medieval /old school dungeon synth project Dungeontroll “A New Dawn Begins” from the cassette LP “A Fortuitous Journey into the Realm of Talisa” [WereGnome Records]                                                           
  • Valladolid, Spain dark ambient /dungeon synth /martial /industrial /neo-classical /electronic music project Veiled Venus “Ab Aeterno” single
  • Madrid, Spain ritual /neo-folk act (Mann Of Seasons, Vacio Perfecto), Armadura Del Durmiente “Sangre Dorada” from V/A “Tower of Light & Hearts of Stone” cassette compilation via HIDDEN CRYPT
  • German gothic /dark wave trio ALSO “The Beginning of the End” from the album “VAHR” (unknown masterpiece from 1993) via Painful Scream Records
  • Kendal, UK eclectic darkwave solo project of Klaus Devore, aka Claustraphobia “All The Anger” single
  • São Paulo, Brazil Occult Techno /EBM /Post-punk /Darkwave solo project Obscure nexus “Forgive us Death” (Single)
  • Belarus darkwave /new wave /post-punk /coldwave solo act Dusken Harmony “Promise” from the debut EP “The Last Star”
  • Goth /Darkwave Electronic duo based out of Miami, Lovers Revenge “Society” single
  • Bergen, Norway /São Paulo, Brazil darkwave /drum&bass /trip-hop duo Melt Motif – “Corridor” from “Pilgrim (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” album
  • Rome, Italy collaboration between analog synth producer The Hand and Mat 101‘s founding member Emiliano Tortora (AKA Ekranoplan ) and darkwave musician Simona Ferrucci (AKA Winter Severity Index), Ekranoplan + Winter Severity Index – “Jackie Down the Line ( Fontaines DC cover)”
  • Berlin-based minimal darkwave duo NNHMN “Love” from V/A “RainboWarriors Vol 1″ compilation 2x 12” LP [WARRIORECORDS]
  • Thessaloniki, Greece synth wave band founded by Nick K. Maldoror (a.k.a. Nick Kapantzakis, one half of Human Puppets & Dislocation Genders, also a member of Plexiglas), aka CONVEX MODEL “The Darkest Plains” from the upcoming vinyl 12″ album “In Human Hives”
  • Liège, Belgian EBM /kraut /post-punk /synth-punk duo Le Prince Harry “Sea of Trees” first single off the album “A Long Way Down” via Teenage Menopause Rds
  • Rome-based synth-pop /minimal wave duo Rawmance and Asymmetrical, aka La Nuit Je Mens ”Raison De Force Majeure” off debut ”Les Nuits Magnétiques” hand-stamped 2-track 7″ single [Reach Another System]
  • Toulouse, France post-punk /coldwave solo act Trait D’union “Toulouse morose” single from forthcoming debut LP “Adieu la fete” via Frozen Records
  • Melbourne, Australia minimal /post-punk /dark wave /dark electronic trio Rain Dogs “Disintegrate” single
  • Coldwave /post-punk /darkwave /minimal synth band from Hungary, Cawatana “Silver Light” from “Live session @ A38” EP (recorded for Hungarian National TV channel on November 13, 2023)
  • Bern, Switzerland minimal /synth wave solo artist (one half of Extra Bleu Ciel), Nora Düster “The One Who Got Away”
  • Udine, Italy lo-fi cosmic minimal synth solo act Digitalbath “Phobos” debut single
  • Northern Ireland minimal cold synth electronics musician based in Belfast, Crystalline Stricture “Pleasure Stage” (unreleased)
  • Brussels, Belgium analog dark synth-pop female musician AVELINE “Alba” from the upcoming CD album “Amours Noires” via UNKNOWN PLEASURES RECORDS
  • Athens, Greece darkwave /dark electro duo, Night Haze “Cold Lies” single
  • Parisian dark electro wave duo Minuit Machine “Love Bomber” from V/A “RainboWarriors Vol 1″ compilation 2x 12” LP [WARRIORECORDS]
  • Stockholm, Sweden electro /synth /EBM artist Emma Nylén, aka EMMON “Devil’s On Your Back” single via Icons Creating Evil Art
  • Seattle-based Italo /EBM /Dungeon Synth-Pop solo producer Parker Lautenschlager, aka Profit Prison “Seven Words” from the debut album “Gilt” via AVANT! Records
  • US Dark Wave /Synth-pop act Dead Astronauts “Murder Hotel” from the album “Ghosts” [Cold Transmission Music]
  • California’s industrial /drum & bass /shoegaze /techno /EBM /electronic band Houses of Heaven “New Decay” from the LP “Within/Without” on Felte Records
  • New York eclectic dance-rock /synth-pop musical project of Pat Mahoney (founding member of LCD Soundsystem) and Dennis McNany (Jee Day), Museum Of Love “After Us” from “After Us / Look Of Disgust” 7″ single [DFA Records]
  • Bielefeld, Germany post-industrial /power noise/industrial techno project of Philipp Münch & Tim Kniepfrom, Synapscape “Handsome boy modelling school” from “Catwalk massacre” EP [Ant-Zen]
  • Tutaki, New Zealand-based post-punk /industrial /dub veteran mid-80s UK experimental duo Peter Hope (of The Box) and David Harrow (Anne Clark collaborator), HOPE + HARROW “BLAME BLAME BLAME” from the album “7077-90012” via Wrong Revolution
  • French Shoegaze /Coldwave /Post-Punk band based in Brittany, Allein in der Badewanne “ZAHN” single
  • Austin, TX. goth /synthpop /post-punk band Urban Heat “Seven Safe Places” single via Artoffact Records
  • Darkwave /Post-Punk solo project based out of Los Angeles, Shadows Hold “Take My Hand” from the S/T EP
  • Las Vegas, NV based electronic /gothic rock /darkwave project of Zaya (co-founder and DJ at the goth dance party Club Gothica), Radio Vampire “Obsession” from the debut LP “Transmissions From Hell”
  • Florida Goth /Shoegaze /Post-punk solo act Last Grasp “Goth Enough” from “Cruelty” EP
  • Omaha, Nebraska dark wave /synth-punk solo act Geno Beach “Love Is Sacrificial” off 2-track single “Eliminate”
  • L.A. goth coldwave /post-punk /darkwave solo project DEATHFAUNA “Eyes Closed” from “Forever Ends” EP
  • Leipzig based goth /electro /synth-punk /darkwave band with German/Russian origins, Lost View “Sostojanije” single
  • Dark Synthwave from NRW/Germany, Kehle “Mohn (feat. Necromantic)” from the new S/T album
  • Portugal post-punk /gothic rock /darkwave duo Shadows Veil “Crusader” from the debut EP “Shadows Veil”
  • Saint Petersburg darkwave /cold wave /post-punk solo act Чайки улетают с моря [smorya] “Гребёнка” from “Пора” EP
  • French experimental /post-punk /coldwave project of Yannick Rault, Closed Mouth – “Endless Words” new single
  • Mississippi Shoegaze /Darkwave /Post-Punk band DETECTS “Told Us Too Late” from the upcoming “Blending In” EP
  • Post-punk band from Kaliningrad, Gibel Sada “Kolybelnaya” single
  • Brooklyn, NY shoegaze /post-punk /dream pop trio SHE’S A VAMPIRE “Better Future” (Demo)
  • Richmond, VA-based Shoegaze /Post-Punk /Darkwave one-man project Industrial-Waist “the white rooms” single
  • Quetzaltenango, Guatemala new wave /post-punk solo project GUERRA FRIA “En Mi Tumba” single
  • Vancouver, BC coldwave /post-punk band Spectres “Are You There” single [Artoffact Records]
  • Geneva, Switzerland synthpop /post-punk /new wave quartet Lone Assembly “Backwards” from the debut EP “That Never Happened”
  • New York-based enigmatic New Wave /Post-Punkish solo project Postlooperish “Enchained” single
  • Sweden indie /post-punk /new wave /indie rock project of The Exploding Boy frontman Johan Sjöblom Eliot and Robert Eklind (formerly of Malaise), SJÖBLOM “Fly Away With Me” single via COP International
  • Nashville, TN based New Wave /Shoegaze /Indie Rock /Post-Punk band Palm Ghosts “Up The Down Escalator” charity single (The Chameleons cover) [Sweet Cheetah / Poptek Records]
  • Montreal, Quebec post-punk band TALLEEN “Until The End of Time” posthumous track
  • German Darkwave /Post-Punk band URBANDONED. “A.I.W.S.” new single
  • Stuttgart, Germany gothic dark rock band The Last Decade “Vigilance” (composed in 1993 / recorded in 2024)
  •  Santiago de Chile gothic rock /post-punk band DELIRIUM MASK “Fantasma” single
  • Hidalgo, Mexico electro horror punk /dark wave act MURCIELAGHOST “MUERTO” (Single) via Dark Grave
  • Amsterdam-based wave /post-punk /synth electronic punk music project of Croptop guitarist Sjoerd Nieuwkoop, aka Chest Press “Sight” from the upcoming debut EP “First curse” [Geertruda]
  • Chicago-based no wave /post-punk duo Clickbait “Pumpkin Spice” preview from the upcoming debut LP “At Your Leisure”
  • Los Angeles, CA synth-pop /electronic act Patriarchy “Hurt Me ” single
  • US dark ambient /medieval dungeon-synth artist Darryl Blood “Bob the Spider” from the cassette album “The Enchanted Forest of Sennachereb” [Kajdum’s Tower]
  • Italy Dungeon /Fantasy Synth act Ancient Kingdom “Into Uncharted Lands” from the album “Times Of High Adventure”
  • Rochester, NY chiptune /comfy synth /dungeon synth project of Nicholas the Gnome, aka Hex for a Hare “Meadow walker” from the upcoming tape album “Hex for a Hare” [WereGnome Records]

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