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

Weekly Post-Punk // Darkwave // Dark Synth Tips – MAY 2024 – #18-24

photo by Kristamas Klousch

PICKS OF THE WEEK:

  • Richmond, VA dark electronics /darkwave solo act Petrified Entity “Blink of an Eye” (Single)

Not satisfied with last March’s well-received “Panopticon” album, the prolific DIY darkwaver even responded with a flurry of 4 singles and accompanying videos over the weekend, but who knows if in the meantime… As usual, scattered, crashing and heart-pounding beats pulsate in unison with melancholic melody-carrying brooding basslines, to punctuate a relationship tragedy that occurred in the “Blink of an Eye”, reverberated by a hypnotic reiterate glare of radiating nostalgic guitar melodies, whilst restless ghostly vocals and heartfelt back-ups ramble in regret and dread.

  • Los Angeles based dark synth-pop DIY project masterminded by Jerry Narrows since 2017, Deaf Dance “Dancing Dolls” from “The Blackmail” EP

Our old acquaintance Deaf Dance led by former Flaamingos singer Jerry Narrows is back after a long hiatus with a new EP, whose opening track, “Dancing Dolls”, we particularly favour, with its sinister and mysterious ’80s Wave aura, pulsating over serpentine humming basslines, vibrant tinny jagged guitar riffs and mellow passionate, plaintive accordion-like keyboard swells, around romantic baritone broods and menacing echoes, revealing the criminal secret lying behind the ‘Dancing Dolls’.

  • Manchester UK-based Goth /Darkwave /Post-punk band SPIRE CIRCLE “The Poisoner” single

The latest of the persuasive double releases in the new year from the Mancunian Gregg Alexander Neville‘s music project is a slice of modern highly danceable and nuanced Darkwave injected with an equally murky and clattering electrifying brew of EBM and Industrial propulsive vibrancy, captures the unbearable uncertainty and fear caused by a toxic person, layering ominous simmering and droning bass oscillations with tight pounding beats and icy piercing synth drama, whilst vocals shift back and forth from sinister whispers to anguished cries, left painfully desperate and ashamed, “you saw the devil inside me.”

  • Russian noir jazz act HEFT “Slow Smoke” from “Gloom in you” EP [Signora Ward Records]
  • Netherlands Neoclassical /Darkwave /Doom brainchild of producer, composer and musician Carline Van Roos, aka AYTHIS “Moonsong” from the upcoming album “Celestial Exile”
  • Louisville, Kentucky new wave /dark country /gothic rock /dark folk music project Motuvius Rex “Toil and Trouble” third and final single from the upcoming album “Flowers For Dolores”
  • Amsterdam-based cold wave /electronic /art punk band formed in the late ’70s, led by Wally van Middendorp, Minny Pops “Dad Dog” <single edit>
  • Bristol, UK early ’80s indie /post-punk /wave band Scream and Dance – “In Rhythm” (1982 single 7″ on Recreational Records) from V/A “The Bristol Post Punk Explosion (1978-1982)” vinyl LP via Bristol Archive Records
  • Long Beach, CA lo-fi /bedroom pop /dream pop /indie noise pop /minimal wave /post-punk act (aka Nights Templar), The Lice “At The Movies” from the final previously unreleased unfinished album “East California” cassette via Reapo Records
  • Minsk, Belarus post-punk /coldwave side project of Nürnberg member Jan Pyatranka, фарфоровые коты [Farforovyekoty] “La Oscuridad (feat. pakuty)” single
  • 1983 founded French dark wave /medieval folk /minimal synth band from Bourges, Opera Multi Steel “Les Sens” from the vinyl 12″/CD reissue of the 1988 self-produced second album “A Contresens (35th Anniversary)” via Wave Records
  • British dark industrial synth pop collaboration project of Nicholas Langley and Mike Wilson (aka Crushtrash), Crushtrash x Nicholas Langley “Claustrophobia” from the cassette album “Prosthetic Self” via Cruel Nature Records
  • Baltimore, Maryland based cold synth project of veteran electronic musician and sound artist Jason Sloan, L’Avenir “Sada” from Eden” single
  • Hamburg, Germany minimal wave /synthpop artist (aka Acid Ernst), Konstantin Unwohl “Eine Träne, kein Rekrut” from the upcoming album “Neuer Wall” via Tapete Records
  • Zagreb-based, Croatian industrial /darkwave /synth-punk /minimal synth solo project of Goran Lautar, aka Neon Lies “Bridges” from the upcoming 4th album “DEMONS” via Wave Tension Records, Diffuse Reality Records and Cosmic Brood
  • Toronto-based minimal synthpop band of Andreas Gregor & Dave Rout formed in 1984, TECHNIQUES BERLIN “Concrete and Steel” from the double album “The Extension of Machines [1985-1991]” 2xLP [mecanica]
  • Dresden-based, German EBM /darkwave /synthbass /synth wave artist Oliver Decrow “Maybe I Won’t Die Tonight” from the upcoming debut album “I’m Too Young To Die” via Cold Transmission Music
  • Synthpop /New Wave project from France, Anton – “L’autre destination” from “Volcan” EP (cassette) via Detriti Records
  • Detroit, MI industrial /electronic /EBM /techno solo act Comfort Cure “Lows” from the cassette EP “I’m the Drug” via DKA records
  • California industrial /dark electro /darkwave /synthwave project, VickVapors “Levitation” single
  • Amsterdam-based South African New Wave /Gothic Post-Punk trio Holograph “Swedish Summer (MNDVL Remix)” from “Holograph” debut vinyl 12″ LP (single compilation + 3 remixes) via Dead Wax Records
  • Greek dark /synth project from Athens, Kalte Nacht – “Runaway” from the upcoming second album “URGE” via Cold Transmission Music
  • Italian post-punk /darkwave /synth wave act NYC Basement “Distance” from the upcoming debut LP “The Iron Age” [SwissDarkNights Label]
  • Danish 80s-inspired synth-pop duo Claus Larsen (Leæther Strip, Klutae) and Mirland (Mirland, M73), Am Tierpark “So Bright” off the upcoming 5th album “Shameless” on Læbel
  • Russian post-punk /synth-pop project ITALLIKA “Vremeni Net” single
  • Leipzig, Germany synth-pop artist NICI – “I’ll Never Go Back Again” from the album “Return to Glory“ via Unterschall and Contraszt Records
  • German dark wave /electronic musician/ producer/ singer & songwriter Diar Storm “Two Mindsets” from the album “Drowned in Pain” on 1984 Records
  • Paris-based Italo/French goth /cold wave /minimal wave/darkwave/synth-pop duo of producer-musician and songwriter Adriano S. Iacoangeli and singer Cecilia Dassonneville, Echoberyl – “Doll Heart” from the new album “Through the Chaos” on Mother Solitude Records and Icy Cold Records.
  • Vancouver-based electro-pop project of Canadian musician and visual artist, Shannon Hemmett (keyboardist of post-punk band Actors), Leathers “Divine” from upcoming LP “Ultraviolet” via Artoffact Records
  • Québec City, Canada electropop /post-wave band Handful of Snowdrops “These Waters Are Lonely” second single from the upcoming album “Polaris”
  • New York wave /electronic /dream pop /synthpop project R. Missing “Maryhead” single
  • German goth /dark wave /synth-pop duo, Nino Sable & Dos Asmund “Träum mit mir” from the “The deutsch” EP
  • Vilnius, Lithuania post-punk /coldwave /minimal wave act Tamsusis sindromas “Kelionė” single
  • Chile-based, Spanish synthpop /coldwave /darkwave solo project, Ingreso Cadáver “Somnipax” single
  • Hungarian goth /post-punk /darkwave band Crow Black Dream “Aludj még (feat. Lvcretia)” single
  • Italian Post-punk /Dark Wave / Gothic Rock act Date at Midnight “Rendez-Vous” from the album “Fading into this Grace” via Manic Depression Records
  • Heist Op Den Berg, Belgium darkwave /new wave /gothic rock duo VELVET MIST “Midnight Fire” single
  • Asheville, North Carolina death /gothic rock /post-punk band Coffin Moth “Zer Zero” (Single)
  • Swedish rock’n’roll /gothic rock band Funhouse “Sometimes I Wish…” title track of the new album “Sometimes I Wish…”
  • Los Angeles-based Post-Punk /Shoegaze revival project, OCCULTS “Send Me An Angel” (Real Life cover, 1983)
  • Virginia new wave /post-punk /synth wave project of James K Ultra, PAIN IN THE YEAHS “I Want to Fail” new single
  • Covington, Georgia post-punk /darkwave project Silver Cord “Without You
  • Swedish Post-Punk quartet Isolated Youth “Ghost Town” second single from the upcoming debut album “Miserere Mei” via Birthday and B.I.J.Records
  • Los Angeles-based new wave /synthpop /post-punk duo Sacred Skin “Paranoid” single via Artoffact Records
  • Swedish shoegaze /post-punk /dark pop band from Stockholm, Principe Valiente “Facing the Truth” off the album “In This Light” [Metropolis Records]
  • Stockholm, Sweden dreampop /darkwave /darkgaze /post-punk /shoegaze project of Christian Williamsson, aka Slowkill “Get out” from the debut cassette album “All things must end” via Inåt Bakåt Records
  • Mississippi Shoegaze /Darkwave /Post-Punk band DETECTS “Can’t Compete” from “Blending In” EP
  • French post-punk /cold wave trio from Strasbourg, HEIMBERG “Cosswiller” from “Blind Eye” EP
  • Barcelona-based shoegaze /synth-pop /grunge /post-punk solo act Fake Bliss “Nothing Is Safe” single
  • Montevideo-based, Uruguayan New Wave /Post-punk revival band Hangwire “Farewell Song” outtake from the ‘Farewell’ album as part of the upcoming compilation album ”Parting Ways: Singles & B-Sides”
  • Poland-based Post-Punk /Darkwave brainchild of Portuguese expat composer and musician, MEKONG “Danse Danse” title track the album “Danse Danse” via Icy Cold Records
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian two-piece goth /dark wave /dream pop /post-punk band The Lautreamonts “Realms Beyond” single via Paranoia Musique
  • Italian dark wave /post-punk /new wave band founded in 2011, Danser La Nuit “Alone Now” from the upcoming S/T album via SwissDarkNights Label
  • Los Angeles-based shoegaze /post-punk /new wave /gothic rock solo project from Laura Pleasants of the long-time alternative heavy band Kylesa, aka THE DISCUSSION “In The Mirror” first single off of the new album “All The Pretty Flowers”
  • Rome, Italy new-wave /post-punk trio Venus “Camera Lucida” from the debut S/T EP
  • Melbourne, Australia post-punk /shoegaze /synth dark pop duo Adored “Control” from the debut EP “Adored”
  • Cologne, Germany new wave /post-punk band started in 1988 by former Pink Turns Blue guitarist and singer Thomas Elbern, AKA Escape with Romeo “Freezing in the summertime” from the single “Black Jaguar in a Police Car/Freezing in the summertime” early previews off the new album “Suspicious bliss”
  • Saint-Petersburg-based minimalistic post-punk band LIVINROOM “The Unknown Woman” single
  • Amsterdam-based dark post-punk one-man band  Raw Desire “Femme Fatale” debut single
  • Toronto Post-punk /Darkwave duo Give My Remains to Broadway “What The Cost Is” single
  • Italy-based darkwave minimal noise Italo-Polish trio, Bibo & Beyond “Revelation” from the upcoming CD/cassette album “The World You Wanted” album via InClub Records
  • Jena, Germany indie /wave /noise rock /post-punk trio Snow Trail “Constructions” off the vinyl 12″ debut album “Abandoned Capsule” via It’s Eleven Records
  • Rouen, France cold wave band Nice Cold Nation “Terre unique” single
  • Californian lo-fi /hauntology /hypnagogic /ghostwave /noise /post-punk /dream pop /synth-pop act Marble Fields “Blue Ruins” Out Of Dreams” Cassingle via Reapo Records
  • Bloomington, IN 3-piece darkwave /post-punk /deathrock band formed in 2017, Swan Wash “Tavel’s Gavel” off the upcoming debut full-length “Shadow Shadow” via Sister Cylinder
  • Seattle‘s dark post-punk /goth rock /deathrock quartet, NOX NOVACULA “Cursed” from the upcoming album “Feed The Fire” via Artoffact Records
  • Ventura, CA based dark punk /deathrock /post-punk quartet Head Cut “Red Cloud” from the upcoming LP “Corazón Negro” via Naked Time Tapes
  • San Antonio-based Deathrock /Dark Post Punk duo formed in 2014, Transylvanian Flag “333” from “The Lost Trax 14-24” single
  • Belgian 3-piece wave /post-punk band Kregel “Allemaal Op Zoek” from “#5” EP via Wagonmaniac Music
  • Dark/industrial project by UK born musician, composer and producer David Lawrie, The Royal Ritual “Modes of Violence” from upcoming second LP “Pleasure Hides Your Needs” via AnalogueTrash
  • Sheffield, UK noise /experimental post-punk /wonk-rock five-piece Dearthworms “Strike Low” from the debut LP “Sapsucker” via Redundant Span Records
  • Berlin-based garage rock/wave /post-punk /synth-punk band ROUGE “01/01” from s/t LP via Phantom Records
  • French dark (post)punk band NAG “Outland” from the 4th cassette album “FEAR” via Urticaria Records
  • Buffalo, NY power-pop /egg punk /garage /synth-punk band Nervous Tick and The Zipper Lips “Realign my Mind” from “Out of Alignment” EP 7″ via MORBIDLY HIP
  • Sidney, Australia DIY garage/synth-punk duo GEE TEE “BC Technology” from the LP “Prehistoric Chrome” via Nailbiter Records
  • US thug synth KBD garage punk band HOMELESS CADAVER “Emergency Circumcision” from “Champale Wishes and Cadaviar Dreams” EP 7″ via IRON LUNG Records
  • US ambient /fantasy dungeon synth act Elyvilon “Troll Crow Priestess” from the cassette compilation LP “Tales from the Path: Vol I” [Great Lakes Dungeon Synth]
  • French percussion heavy dungeon synth act Sylfvr “High King” from the single “La Tour”
  • French dark ambient /fantasy /dungeon synth project of Baddoar, Vermillon “Brûle Le Trone” from the cassette album “De Larmes”

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