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

Weekly Post-Punk / Darkwave / Dark Synth Tips – OCTOBER #43-22

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  • Scottish goth /post-punk /dark cabaret /avant-garde musical project from Edinburgh, This Sacred Flower “Conclave” from the EP “Effigies” on Sacred Realm Records

“A dark surreal and tribal musical trip of the magical and macabre” lets us know the Scottish band and, right from the start, their heady and ritual sound pulses and rolls with organic, atavistic, and shamanic intensity over hypnotic tinny tribalistic percussions, swathed by uncanny and dramatic synth loops, whilst strong, empowering vocals draw wisdom from the spiritual realm to set a mood of courage and enlightenment for the battle that lies ahead. Echoing at times the ancestral esoterism of Virgin Prunes or early Current 93, This Sacred Flower deftly haunts the shadows between hallucinated dark cabaret and eerie gothic muse.

  • UK dream pop /new wave /post-punk duo PARRAMATTA “Penny Drop” off of the 2-track single “Penny Drop c/w Life’s (not so) Little Ironies”

I adhere 100% to the manifesto describing the inspirations that inform the atmospheric and melodic New wave /Post-Punk sound of the British band Parramatta, although sadly I didn’t grow up listening to John Peel, just due to geo reasons and pre-internet era. Inspired by a dream dinner party with Thomas Hardy, Stan Laurel & David McComb, “Penny Drop” imbues chilled intoxicating vibes through smooth syncopated rhythms, liquid dazzling icy keyboard stabs, scorching, whining guitar reverberations, and bewitching vocal hypnotism into a stirring mind-altering expansion of curious lyrical introspections, to evoke the subtly oppressive, poignant solemnity of the Triffids.

  • French experimental /post-punk /coldwave project of Yannick Rault, Closed Mouth – “Last Words” single from upcoming LP “The Four Walls” on Icy Cold Records.

The one-man-band from France returns after an unusually long break with a thick and restless The Cure “Disintegration” era-like new single replete with heady, dark, and oppressive vibes, steadily building pulsing tension through downtrodden drum beats, forsaken grinding riffs, achingly glistening reverberating guitar strains, and obsessive bass lines, surrounded by eerie dazzling synth swirls, to encapsulate sluggish echoed vocal disconnections weighted by gloom-laden moods.

  • Finnish/German black metal /cyberpunk /dark synth /witch house/ dark electronics collaboration Crystal Cage + ᶜʳY̆̈ “Dream” single
  • Flat Rock, Michigan industrial /neo-folk collaboration project of Gio Orlando and Jason White (Vvegas), AKA Equilibrium Anon “Babylon” from s/t EP on Maggot Farm Records
  • Berlin-based Dark Wave /Post-punk duo Marijn Degenaar (NL) and Vivant de Non (AUS), Property – “Sea Wall” from the upcoming album ‘Water Temple’ (ALTER 69)
  • East Germany’s 80s post-punk /synth-pop band Neun Tage “At Noon Of Day” off the vinyl/cassette album “Soldier” on tapetopia 004 / aufnahme + wiedergabe
  • Hamilton, UK goth /darkwave project of Lea Torn, aka THE SECRET EXPERIMENT “The Sleeping World” single
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK Synth Darkwave duo (former members of The Seventh Victim), The Scarlet Hour – “Lair” from the upcoming debut album “Warnings”
  • French synth-wave /coldwave solo project (AKA Mourir Bête), Nestor Makhno “Les Fleurs (Dalida Edit)” from the upcoming split EP “Les Abysses de la hess” with Photo Ratée
  • French post-punk / coldwave project of Orson Wald (a.k.a Arthur Aether), AKA Villa Vide “September air” single
  • French minimal electronic coldwave solo project from Strasbourg, Sans Retour “Fading Away” (home demo) debut single 
  • Székesfehérvár, Hungary Post-punk /Darkwave act Crow Black Dream “Ma nem” single
  • Dublin, Ireland post-punk /new wave /synthwave duo Bean Sí “Disco Fever” second single
  • Vilnius, Lithuania post-punk /coldwave /minimal wave act Tamsusis sindromas “Nuplak mane” single
  • Belfast, Northern Ireland gothic post-punk act Hidden Hand “Toughen Your Act” first preview single from the upcoming LP.
  • Early 80s Belgian post-punk/coldwave duo of brothers Jean-Marc and Pierre Pauly from Brussels, Parade Ground – “12 Moans” from the CD complete single compilation “Parade Ground” on VUZ Records
    VUZ Records
  • Belarus post-punk /coldwave duo Katkhin “Grey Rain” from the debut EP “Asphalt Blues”
  • Parisian shoegaze /coldwave /new wave /post-punk solo project of multi-instrumentalist composer Anton Guillou, aka GARDEN DYNAMICS “Mechty” from the forthcoming album “S.T.R.A.K.H”
  • Costa Rica/Belgium post-punk /coldwave collaboration duo MOLT feat. Severine Day “Our Revolutions” single
  • Liverpool, UK new wave /synthpop band This Final Frame – “Eden (KD Remix 2022)” originally released in 1985 on Direct Records
  • Two-piece Dutch synthwave band, dort. “Push it away” single
  • Portland, OR goth /electro darkwave project by Amy Azucena and Conor Knowles, AKA Psychic Guilt “Werewolf” off the upcoming album “Midheaven”
  • Tampa, FL-based synth /darkwave band The Night Office “Light as Ghost” single
  • Post-Punk dVO from Italy, Wilt/Plvce – “Senses matter” singolo on Dirty Beach Records
  • French post-industrial/cold /synth wave project of Geoffroy D, aka Derniere Volonte – “La Valise” from the forthcoming V/A “My Precious! – A Waves Radio Show Compilation Vol.4″ vinyl 12” album on Red Maze Records
  • Berlin-based new wave /synthpop act fronted by Irish singer-songwriter Mark Cummins, AKA Marco Van Basten and The Castles “DŁUGA” from “The Castles” EP on She Lost Kontrol
  • New York post-punk /darkwave /synthwave project of AD Sheikh, AKA Old Lions ‘So It Goes’ from the debut EP ‘Danse Macabre’
  • Californian goth darkwave /synthwave act Orphan Zero “The Hunger” single
  • Paris-based French/Italian dance darkwave /coldwave duo Echoberyl “Rising from the Dead (Spooky Remix)” from the single “Rising from the Dead (Halloween Edition)”
  • Berlin-based new beat /techno /wave /post-punk goth underground musician Jemek Jemowit – “P.Z.P.R. (Borusiade Remix)” off new EP “P.Z.P.R Propaganda”
  • Montréal, Quebec EBM /acid /techno /synth electronic /post-punk duo, Brusque Twins “Retouche” from upcoming V/A “DANCE ACROSS BORDERS Vol. 3″ charity compilation
  • Berlin-based industrial /EBM /synth-punk duo, Unhuman & Petra Flurr “Verbannt” from “Disintegration” EP 10″ lathe cut on OSM tapes
  • Toronto‘s EBM /industrial /darkwave /dark electronic project by ex-Crystal Castles drummer and producer Cam Findlay, aka KONTRAVOID “Judgment (Kris Baha Remix)”
  • Italian EBM /Synth-punk duo Kokeshi Milk “Heart Beat” single
  • Zürich based New Beat /EBM /Synth Wave /Techno producer (half of GOTT), Scannoir “Through My Silence” title track from the EP “Through My Silence” [Frigio Records]
  • Spanish EBM /darkwave duo from Barcelona, SDH [Semiotics Department Of Heteronyms] – “Tell Them (Levingtquatre Remix)”
  • California-based industrial /electronic /darkwave project of musician Justin Chamberlain, AKA Soft Vein “GIVEUPTHEGHOST” debut single
  • Moscow electro-industrial act Ego†Error “Unrequited love” single
  • L.A.‘s lo-fi /wave /post-punk /electro-punk solo project of visual artist, songwriter and musician, Colin Ambulance aka BITE MARX “Wine into Water” single
  • Saint Petersburg, Russia new wave /post-punk solo project Чайки улетают с моря [smorya] “У разбитого корыта” 2-track single
  • Italian Post-punk /Darkwave DIY solo project Rioux Désolés “Eternal Sleep”
  • Boston, MA darkwave /coldwave /post-punk band TRUTH FAITH – “Feet Held to the Fire” 2nd single from The True Faith’s upcoming sophomore album “Go to Ground” co-released by à La Carte Records, Candlepin Records, Summer Darling Tapes, and Honeyglider Records
  • Toronto Post-punk /Darkwave duo Give My Remains to Broadway “Returnal (Skeleton Key)” from the upcoming debut album “My Will Is Not My Own”
  • Norfolk, Virginia dream pop /post-punk /goth /synthpop band TRUE BODY “Signal” single
  • Amsterdam-based lo-fi synthwave /synthpop artist Karel – “The Talk In Town” from the debut LP “Denouncing The Hypocrisy Of Our Time” on Field Mates Records
  • Boston darkwave /synth-wave /electronic music duo EX-HYENA “At the Moondial (The Gothsicles remix)” single via Hush Club Ltd./Brutal Resonance
  • Utah synth-wave /synthpop trio Eminent Sol “Speed Of Light (Radio Edit)” from the maxi-single “Speed Of Light”
  • Swedish synth-pop trio MORE “Snowflake Supernova” single
  • French dream pop /new wave /disco /indie dance /boogie /synthpop duo 3615 Nuits Blanches – “Naphtaline” from the sophomore LP “Été Meurtrier” on L.O.V.E. Ltd
  • Hamburg, German New Wave /Synth-Pop band SEA OF SIN “Shine a Light (Single Edit)” single
  • Parisian post-punk /new wave band JE T’AIME “Kiss The Boys (And Make Them DIE) – feat. Alex Svenson from Then Come Silence” from upcoming sophomore double album “AGGRESSIVE”
  • Barnaul, Russia lo-fi /new wave /post-punk outfit, юность-1201 [yunost-1201] “Постсовет” single.
  • Norway New wave | Post-punk | Indie rock from Oslo, TÅSEN TEA PARTY “Try to ignore.”
  • Ludwigsburg, Germany Goth /New Wave /Post-punk one-man band, Another Abyss “Piecess Of ME” single
  • Australian Goth Post-punk band from Brisbane, Locust Revival “Fangs Out” single
  • Chelyabinsk, Russia darkwave /deathrock trio Tourmaline Bats “Throw It Away” single
  • Blackpool, UK goth /synth wave /dark rock duo AUGER “My Heart Is Glass” single on The Big Chair
  • Naarm / Melbourne Post-Punk / Darkwave band Beat Panic “Parasocial Wreckage” off debut EP “Anti Club // Club”
  • Oakland, Ca experimental /dub /post-punk /new wave duo Andy Human and Sam Lefebvre AKA Non Plus Temps “Facts Sound Like Myths” from the upcoming “Desire Choir” on Post Present Medium
  • Lithuanian raw electro /cold wave /post-punk collaboration project, Shaknis & Egzotikka “Tu Pasakei” off 2-track 7″ EP “Pries Akis” [Raw Culture]
  • Spanish shoegaze /post-punk trio Primer Infant “Miratge” from the cassette compilation “Era Por” (collection of the two previous 2021 EPs) on FlexiDiscos
  • Bristol, UK Indie /Post-punk band Möney “Desiertos de Sal” from cassette EP “Boiling Wells” on Chicken Attack Records/Fury Tapes
  • Cold post-punk band from Berlin, AUS “Also Dann” from V/A “Neues aus der ADK” second Allee der Kosmonauten compilation tape via Billo
  • Los Angeles’ punk /post-punk band Slaughterhouse “Halloween” single on Suicide Squeeze’s Pinks & Purples Digital Singles Series
  • Bremen, Germany goth rock /deathrock /post-punk /punk 4-piece Cataphiles “Silenced” from the debut cassette/CD album “Cataphiles”
  • French Cold Punk from Lille, UTOPIE “Incendiaire” from the upcoming mini-LP “Seconde Figure” co-released by Symphony of destruction, Lada, Les Choeurs de l’ennui, Dans le Vide, and Don’t trust the hype.
  • Warsaw, Poland indie rock /shoegaze /post-punk band Kryształ “Święto wiosny” from debut s/t album
  • Kutaisi, Georgia Post-Punk duo SKAZZ “Memorial” title track from the debut LP
  • Berlin-based Middle East-tinged psychedelic /post-punk band Kara Delik “HM, OR” from the cassette album “Tamam” via Interceptor Editions
  • Columbia, South Carolina psych /darkwave /post-punk band Candy Coffins “Every Day A Fresh Atrocity” from the LP “Once Do It With Feeling”
  • New York garage /post-punk band Retracer “At Mercy” from the debut LP “Retracer I”
  • California solo punk project from Nic Vicario (Crisis Man, Public Eye, Cemento), SMIRK “Souvenir” from upcoming LP “Material” on Feel It Records
  • German experimental electronic artist (Die Letzten Ecken,Aus,Olaf und Olga, Schimmel über Berlin), Liv Billerbeck – “Retoure” from V/A “Bildende Künstler*innen versuchen Musik zu machen Vol.2” (“Visual Artists Are Trying To Make Music”) cassette compilation on Billo
  • One of the multiple instrumental monikers (Geisterreich, Evil Wizard, Valarian, Obsidian Ritual…) of enigmatic dark-gothic-dungeon-jazz doom rock artist SADMAN “blacktide” single

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