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

Weekly Post-Punk / Darkwave / Dark Synth Tips #38

Daidō Moriyama

Picks Of The Week:

  • Fresno, CA post-punk/coldwave project Alone In My Room “Where You Want”                                                   

For the third month in a row, the enigmatic Fresno‘s project Alone In My Room further refines their 80s post-punk leanings into their most compelling and stark songs yet, a dark, introspective and immersive slice of coldwave at its best irresistibly lingering with sadness and desolation with that forlorn bass-line that alluringly squeeze out drops of pain.

  • German electro/synthpop project of Harry Haller from Essen, FOKKER “CIty Under This City (Crystalline Stricture Higher Gain Remix)” original track is included in the new album, ”Citizen” out now on TONN Recordings                                                                                                                                                                

In a triumphant meeting of synth fetishists, Belfast‘s finest Crystalline Stricture tighs up the dramatically charged, poignant and meditative Fokker‘s original from the German with a danceable, simultaneously menacing and impassioned, bass-heavy punch enhanced by a surprising droning and buzzing coda, striking a fine balance between the elegant and the ‘brutish’ magic of synth.

  • Turkish one man Post-Punk project of Mert Yıldız from İstanbul, RAIN TO RUST “My Demons Drive” from the self-released debut album “Flowers Of Doubt”.

First solo album of Mert Yıldız under his RAIN TO RUST moniker is a distinctive and heartfelt distillation of the best post-punk elements from the 80s along with intriguing lyric-wise movie and literature references into an emotionally gripping and modern guitar-driven dark sound as energetic and vibrant as it is dour and thoughtful. A strong and solid debut which will bring you back to listen time and time again.

  • British Columbia experimental folk project of Ian Campbell, aka Crooked Mouth “Coastal Spirits” from the cassette album “Coastal” on Brave Mysteries
  • New York/Paris new gothic/ethereal/dream pop/darkwave project founded by Ein Rijin of Evil Symbols and Bat Kalaayan (Lead Singer), aka RITUEL ENCENS “To Drive Away Your Sorrows…”                                                     
  • Marseille, France dark electronic music project Another Dream – “Marie M. Aime”                                             
  • Berlin-based, Russian ‘postindustrial apocalyptic darkwave’ project of former half of Monowelt, Daria Leere, aka LEERE “Sov teni/ Ruf des Schattens” from the new EP “Ljod”
  • Asheville, NC darkwave/coldwave/minimal synth solo project Polyhymneia – “Oblivious” from 2-track single “Mausoleum (demo)”
  • Germany based, Japanese minimal synth/synth-pop/coldwave producer NAO KATAFUCHI “Tamayura (feat. Violet Candide)” from the new album “Stahlgrau” via Castle Records, Kernkrach, and TONN Recordings
  • Vienna‘s synth wave/minimal synth project Peppy Pep Pepper “Winter Blue”                                                       
  • French electro-pop duo of Alda Lamieva and David Snug, aka Trotski Nautique “Machines électroniques” from the album “Synthétiseur vol. 1” on La Souterraine
  • London-based experimental minimalistic electronic pop artist and academic Rachael Finney, aka R. ELIZABETH “Spiritual To Symphony” from the album “Every And All We Voyage On” on Night School
  • Los Angeles based minimal wave / fuzzy doom pop solo project Death Hags “Earthbound (Extended Vocoder Version)” upcoming on Holy Ghost Citizen Club                                                                                                           
  • Florida‘s experimental electronic/new wave/minimal wave/synth-pop/darkwave solo project of half of PASS/AGES and ex-member of Ars Phoenix, Jonn Gauntletier “No Exit (Single)” from “No Exit (Single + Demos)”
  • Sacramento, CA synth electronic/minimal wave/cold wave project by Tony Williams, Kline Coma Xero “Letter never sent” (teaser) from the forthcoming album “Movement study” out january 2020 via Infravox Records
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina coldwave/darkwave/EBM/dark electronic duo Balvanera “Epidermis” from “Suspense” EP on Anormal Records                                                                                                                                   
  • Swedish solo darkwave/postpunk project of Tess de la Cour (also member of Snake), MEMORIA “The Void” from Memoria’s debut album “Cravings” on Novoton
  • Oakland, California punk/post-punk 4-piece GOSSIP COLUMNS “Old friends” from “Blue dream” EP
  • Los Angeles (mostly) female dark/noisy/art-punk 4-piece The Tissues – “Rear Window” new single off upcoming album “Blue Film”.
  • London, UK noise/post-punk trio GIRLS IN SYNTHESIS ”Arterial Movements” title track from the upcoming 3-track 7″ EP
  • Australian shoegaze/post-punk 3-piece, based in Melbourne via the South Pacific, CRASH MATERIAL “All Time High” from 3-track live EP “Live at the Old Bar”
  • Vilnius, Lithuania lo-fi/psych/neo-folk/post-punk band VILKDUJA “Nebetilps / Will not fit” from the EP “Purvinas ir šventas/dirty and holy”
  • Spanish analogue dark synth / post-punk solo project URCO “Walk Alone”                                                                
  • Washington, D.C. Electronic/Darkwave/Post-Punk/synth-pop project nosuchname “Hands of Mercy (’19 mix) feat. Aubergine Haze” from the rehashing of 2018’s EP “Hail Disarmer ((redux))”
  • Danish harpist (with Mangled Electronics), Christoffer Bagge’s Totem collaborator and audiovisual artist from Copenhagen, Trina Echidna, aka MOUTH WOUND “Goldsore” from “Nebulae” mini-album
  • Orlando, FL experimental/coldwave/synth post-punk project of Darren Robert Earl Crittenden, aka Alien Witch “Sometimes” from the new album “Everyday Is A Funeral”
  • Peruvian lo-fi/synth-punk/coldwave project TRIUMVIRS “TV Casualty” (The Misfits cover)                                 
  • French post-punk /coldwave/minimal synth/darkwave solo project (half of Bluebeard’s Castle), Bela Goosy “Lights Out” from the album “Suffocation”
  • Swiss dark synth/minimal wave/synth-pop solo project from St.Gallen, Carlo Onda “Ring of Fire”                          
  • Berlin-based synth-punk trio Mexican Radio “Wohnstadt” from the debut album “Destruction / Reconstruction” on RIP Ben Lee Records
  • Brooklyn, NY based angular/punk/post-punk band PATTI “Love Today” from the LP “Good Big” on Erste Theke Tontraeger
  • Dortmund, Germany post-punk/darkwave DIY solo project Age O.P.F “The Burning Heart” from in-progress release ‘Cinq’
  • Collaborative Post-Industrial rock project (former members and collaborators of Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Pigface, Marilyn Manson, Stabbing Westward, The Machines of Loving Grace, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, etc.), The Joy Thieves “Cities In Dust” (Siouxsie and the Banshees cover) off new 6-track EP on Armalyte Industries
  • US sci-fi/post-punk/electro-industrial rock project of electronic musician and producer Chad Blinman (The Legion of Doom, Viva Death), Real Space Noise – “Utopian” from new album “Empty and Pointless” on Functional Equivalent Recordings
  • Texas‘ darkwave/dark electronic solo project from Austin, NO MASTER “The Truth”
  • US dreamwave /synthwave /synthpop musician from Miami, Trevor Something “The Ghost” new single
  • Brooklyn, NY via Georgia goth post-punk trio Bambara “Serafina” from the forthcoming album “Stray” out February 2020 on New York’s Wharf Cat Records
  • London-based noise/post-punk group Ice Baths “Line Call” taken from the upcoming “Ice Baths & Soft Cases” Split cassette EP on Blank Editions
  • Los Angeles, CA synth-punk /darkwave /post-punk duo NO EXITS “Shapes” new single
  • Russian post-punk band from Saint-Peterburg, ЛОЖ ‘Ложь’ (DEMO)                                                                   
  • Dallas, TX post-punk band fronted by Leah Lane, Rosegarden Funeral Party – “Once In A While” from upcoming “Once In A While” EP on Oráculo Records                                                                                                 
  • Russian experimental / post-punk duo from Rostov-On-Don made of Vlad Paršina (Motorama, Утро, “Лето в Городе”) and Mikhail Nikulin (“Церковь Детства”, “Мёртвый Аксай”, “Атака Сзади”), TEZTEZTEZ / ТЭЦ ‘НЕМНОГО НЕ ТАК’ new single                                                                                                                                 
  • Chicago‘s experimental/electronic pop duo of Keely Dowd & Essej Pollock, GRÜN WASSER – “Translator” from the new LP “”Not Ok With Things” on Holodeck
  • Belgian dreamy noise new wave collaboration between top model and singer Kim Peers and Amenra‘s guitarist Mathieu Vandekerckhove, aka  SKEMER – “Sunseeker” first single from debut album “Benevolence”, out 25 October 2019 on Avant! Records / Wool-E Tapes                                                                                          
  • New York‘s art-rock/post-punk five-piece BODEGA “Knife On A Platter” from the upcoming EP out Oct 11th on What’s Your Rupture?
  • UK kraut/shoegaze/psych/minimal electronics/post-punk duo The KVB “Outlands” taken from the new EP ”Submersion” on Invada Records
  • Glasgow, UK post-hardcore/post-punk 4-piece ANTIGUO “Cold Call” new single
  • Odessa, Ukraine emo/post-punk outfit Смешанные Чувства ‘НФС’                                                                   
  • Louisville, Kentucky EBM/darkwave/post-punk/electronic duo TULIPE NOIRE “Never Let Go (feat. Scary Black)                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Italian darkwave / coldwave duo born in 2018 in Cecina (Livorno), formed by Saverio Tonarini and Daniele Castellani, ELICRISO “Sinapsi” from upcoming debut album “Illusioni Distorte”.
  • Kraków, Poland indie/post-punk/new wave band Bad Light District “Part​-​time Prophets” from the album “Lucky Blood Moon”
  • Salt Lake City, Utah goth/post-punk/synth-punk/synthpop duo (also member of Choir Boy//Human Leather//Sculpture Club//Baby Ghosts//Bears on Parade), FOSSIL ARMS “Petals”
  • Los Angeles‘ coldwave/post-punk band Warsaw Pact “Dorothy” (Her’s cover) from the new single “Chance & Dorothy”
  • Philadelphia goth/dark synth/post-punk/darkwave solo project of Tristan Victor, aka KISS OF THE WHIP “Forgive Me Not” from the new album “New Lows” on Diffuse Reality Records
  • Sydney, Australia darkwave/post-punk five-piece Repo Man “Deep” new single
  • New England via NYC two-piece synth/darkwave/post-punk duo GRANDEUR “Her Dulcet Call” from 2-track single “Ascension Symptoms”
  • Los Angeles-based goth/post-wave/post-punk 5-piece BELFAST “Begin” from debut EP “Before Anything” out on cassette via Squall Recordings
  • Christian Death vs Creux Lies “Spiritual Cramp” (Halloween 2019 Version) on Cleopatra Records
  • Seminal early 80s Berlin‘s post-punk 5-piece MALARIA! “Geld – Money (2019 Remaster)” from the forthcoming double vinyl album compilation “Compiled 2.0” on Monika Enterprise
  • São Paulo, Brazil goth/post-punk solo project of bass player of post-punk bands “Gangue Morcego” and “1983“, HALLECK “730 Passos ~ 罪と罰” on Paranoia Musique
  • Fryazino, Russia dark folk/post-punk band Dhaii Clisana “Promise” from new EP “Whatever Flies”
  • Munich, Germany post-punk/minimal synth/coldwave trio Rue Oberkampf “Im Tunnel” from debut LP “CHRISTOPHE-PHILIPPE” on Young and Cold Records
  • Canadian new wave/post-punk/synthpop act from Vancouver B.C, ACTORS “Slaves (FM Attack RMX)” on Artoffact Records
  • Paris, France retro/cinematic/dark synth/synthwave solo project of Fabien Dessart, aka SALVATION “I want to dream you again (feat. Enlia & Introspect)” from “The Glass Of Your Soul” on Last Rendez-Vous Records
  • Perth, Australia based coldwave/darkwave/ new wave/synthpop solo moniker of Greg Weir from DTHWBBA/WhiteFawn, aka UIU “Only Something When You Are Nothing (Stripped Remix)” from the album “Keep The World at Bay (Stripped Remixes)”

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