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

Weekly Post-Punk / Darkwave / Dark Synth Tips – November #46-21

photo by Katia Chausheva

  • Tallinn, Estonia post-punk 4-piece Pettunud Kodanik “rõõmus päev” from “lõhki ja läbi” EP

4-piece band from Tallinn, Estonia that even with a familiar sound that recalls dense shades of 80s new wave and post-punk, which in turn has inspired many Eastern European bands, from Ploho to Nürnberg, from the latter is also featured an intense cover, are able to instil, with heartfelt sincerity and epic passion, depressive moods of numb, alienated nihilism imbued by hypnotic bleak basslines, retro-charged mechanical rhythms, reverberant piercing gloomy guitar melodies to swirl obsessively around cold detached male vocals’ painfilled lament of angsty depression and eternal desperate melancholy. Above all the evocative, sorrowful and heart-rending “rõõmus päev” stands out, in an ultimate revised version.

  • Greek dark electronics /analogue synth project of Toxic Razor (Beatbox Machinery, Eerie Sopor, Paradox Obscur), METAL DISCO – “Crack” from upcoming EP “Misbehave” due out on December 3rd 2021 on his own Werkstatt Recording                                                                                                                                                

Toxic Razor’s analog electro-wave project unveils a tasty preview from the incoming EP… Atmospheric syncopated robotic darkness injects a shallow emptiness between a “Crack” in someone’s eyes, where intense forlorn grief drives undulating and bouncing dread amid eerie distant acidic spirals and disturbing humming expansions to breed hatred and remorse from the anxious, chilly layered male vocals gasping breathes of fear.           

  • Swiss electronic /post-punk /coldwave/synth-pop/minimal wave one-man-band (aka Karl Kave), Carlo Onda “Darker Days” from the upcoming album “Sturm + Drang” on Cold Transmission Music

Like the album title, “Sturm + Drang”, could suggest, every certainty and rule crack, crumble and get confused over the unremittingly surprising, apparently cold yet pulsing with seething passion, unpredictable and off-kilter dark sonic pathway of the moody Swiss musicians. Tortously electrifying and shaken by a thousand bursts of turbulences, starting from the lyrics, which I had given up on understanding, more than satisfied to listen to his unvarnished and groovy synthetic music, always endowed with a rare rough and creative heartfelt energy. A furious and buzzing re-build of a track included in last year’s EP of the same name, that engulfs his last techno/disco leanings with darkwave dread, teeming with dramatic bright strings, tunnelling ominous basslines, punchy kicks galloping along with rattling cow-bell fueled rhythms to forge “Darker Days” of dancefloor doom around cold vocal reiterations of obsessive dread. 

  • Dundalk, Ireland shoegaze /trip-hop /post-punk 5-piece Just Mustard “I Am You” single on Partisan Records
  • Seattle, WA ethereal psych /dream pop/ dark pop project of Jancy Rae, aka MØAA “Jaw” single
  • Polish electronic /darkwave /synthwave project Żywica “Aether” (Single)
  • West Ukraine‘s dark, cold minimal electronics project of Jin Kei, aka BEDROOM TALKS “Drowned In You” single on SwissDarkNights Label
  • German dark electronic /synthwave /darkwave solo project based in Berlin, ENFIN NOIR – “Mothers day” (Single)
  • French New Wave /Cold Wave duo USE ME “THEY DON’T WANT US TO DANCE” debut single                             
  • San Diego based Dark Synthwave artist EM_LEN “Lifeless” from “Politics” EP
  • Mexico synth-wave /darkwave solo project of Iván Zamudio, aka Abadía – “Ornamentos” from upcoming debut S/T album
  • Melbourne, Australia Post-punk /Dark Wave /Industrial /Synth Punk duo HAXCKITT “Sulfur” from the debut album “Departures”
  • Bern, Switzerland industrial /post-punk /synth wave band PLAGUE PITS “Plague Pits” from “I” EP
  • Michigan based industrial /post-punk /coldwave solo project (aka Aerma), Into Her Final Sleep – “Ashel” from “Persemone” EP
  • Florida dark lo-fi /industrial /trip-hop /darkwave solo project (one half of Pass/Age), Goth Professor “Udolpho” third single                                                                                                                                                 
  • Danish Darkwave /Coldwave trio from Aarhus, TORCH “Blood Rituals” new single
  • Ostend, Belgium Alternative /Post-punk /Darkwave /Gothic band Der Klinke “The Shallow Shadow” Single
  • Athens, Greece goth /darkwave /post-punk band lead by Leo Skiadas, Cinemascope “In Silence” from upcoming LP “A Crack On The Wall” on Wave Records                                                                                           
  • Russian new wave /post-punk /coldwave duo from Krasnodar, LA MENSCH “Всегда один” (Single)
  • Sacramento, Ca industrial /coldwave /darkwave solo project of David Wright aka CULT OF ALIA “Body Flow” from V/A “ZEITGEIST CHROME VOL. 01″ vinyl 12” LP on COLD TRANSMISSION MUSIC
  • Bologna, Italy based Italo disco /new wave /synthpop band (members of Terremoto and Crimson Scarlet), NUOVO TESTAMENTO “Michelle Michelle (Second Skin Remix)” from the cassette EP “New Earth Remixes”
  • German dark electro project from Kerpen, Phobos Reactor “Not An Exit” from the album “Apparent Movement”
  • Detroit‘s synth electronic duo of Nicola Kuperus and Adam Lee Miller, ADULT. – ”Fools (We Are…)” from the upcoming 9th LP “Becoming Undone” on Dais Records
  • London, UK industrial /metal /electronic solo project of former Pitchshifter / The Prodigy guitarist, Jim Davies “Choose Your Poison (Empirion Mix)” from the LP “Prey Later” on Armalyte Industries
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL Dark Electro-Industrial music producer Miss FD “Your Core” single.
  • German industrial /techno /synthpop /wave act Van Bloomen “Time is running slow” from “Time is running slow” EP on Dark Dimensions Label
  • Danish synthpop solo project of Dan Beck (Vaylon), Second Complex “Troubled Mind [Feat. Laura Noszczyk]” from the LP “Therapy” on Liquid Substance Records
  • London-based dark electronic duo, Dead Lights “The Raven (video mix)” on COLD TRANSMISSION MUSIC
  • Washington, D.C. based dark wave /synth-pop /cold synth project of Luna Blanc, aka S Y Z Y G Y X “Body Attack” third single from upcoming LP “(Im)mortal” on Cold Transmission Music
  • Los Angeles based post-punk/dream pop solo project of a member of Ter Nura, CLOSED TEAR “Time” new single.
  • Lyme, New Hampshire jangly post-punk /dream pop multi-instrumentalist Tom Weir, aka OLD MOON “Safety Net” from upcoming cassette compilation album “Dreamer, Sleeper” remastered reissue of early self-released material on Sister Cylinder
  • Providence, Rhode Island dark electronic /new wave /post-punk /darkwave solo project Cross Dragger “A Hymn For Purple Flowers” from the LP “Isolation”
  • Belgian coldwave / post-punk trio from Antwerp, Disorientations “Allied” from the upcoming debut album “Memory Lanes” on PIAS Belgium
  • Italian shoegaze /synthwave /post-punk 4-piece based in Bologna, The Black Veils “Rabbits” from the album “Carnage” on Icy Cold Records.
  • Swedish post-punk /goth-gaze band THEN COMES SILENCE “The Killing Moon” (Echo & The Bunnymen cover) from “HORSEMEN – Pestilence” EP
  • Adelaide, Australia indie /new wave /post-punk act MIDNIGHT F.K. “Young Hearts” from debut EP
  • Cardiff, UK dream pop /synthpop /new wave band PLASTIC ESTATE “Divinely Impaired” new single from the upcoming S/T debut album on Avant!
  • Copenhagen, Denmark psych-rock /post-punk duo SHINY DARKLY “Ballroom” from upcoming EP “Heavyy” on Crunchy Frog
  • Russian post-punk /electronic /new wave music project from Severodvinsk, Dolgostroy “Музыкант / Musician” new single
  • Toronto, Ontario post-punk /gothic rock outfit The Necromancers Union “The Ghost Inside You” from the LP “Flesh of the Dead” on Petrichor
  • Montreal, Canada-based post-punk /darkwave project of Portuguese multi-instrumentist and producer Sérgio Pereira, aka Morte Psíquica “Domingo” from the album “Camera Obscura” on Velouria Recordz
  • Russian new wave /post-punk trio from Saint-Petersburg, Едешь [Edesh] “Под колёсами” (Single) on Русский пост-панк
  • Manchester UK-based Goth /Darkwave /Post-punk band SPIRE CIRCLE “Can’t Find the Answers” new single.
  • Ukrainian Lo-fi Post-punk band from Kyiv, SMURNO “More derev / Sea of Trees” upcoming new single included in the cassette version of the debut S/T EP on Sierpien Records
  • Edmonton, Canada new wave /post-punk outfit Home Front “Flaw In The Design” from upcoming LP “Think Of The Lie” on LA VIDA ES UN MUS DISCOS
  • German post-punk /cold wave band from Halle, Baical – ”Trudy (Bleib Modern Remix)” on ISOLATION REC.
  • Colombian 4-piece Alternative Rock /Post-Punk band based in Bogotá, Azar Paralelo “Desamparado” single       
  • Polish Gothic Rock /Dark Wave /Cold Wave solo project ALEXANDRIA “Into The Flow” single
  • Tennessee indie rock /post-punk trio The Basement Lights “A Place Like This”                                                                     
  • Hull, UK alt-punk /post-punk 4-piece LIFE “Friends Without Names” new single on The Liquid Label
  • Lawrence, Kansas DIY new wave /post-punk band Sweeping Promises “Pain Without a Touch” single via Feel It Records and Sub Pop.
  • Melbourne garage punk /post-punk 4-piece PINCH POINTS “REASONS TO BE ANXIOUS” from the 7″ single “REASONS TO BE ANXIOUS / BOY”
  • Auckland, New Zealand veteran post-punk /noise-punk three-piece, Die! Die! Die! ”Losing Sight, Keep On Kicking” the first single from their forthcoming new 7th album “This Is Not An Island Anymore”
  • London, Ontario new wave /punk /synth-punk trio MONONEGATIVES “My Enemy” from the single “Frequencies Rotating Clockwise”
  • Vancouver, BC synth-punk DIY project PACK RAT “Two Sides Of Your Heart” from upcoming LP “Glad To Be Forgotten”
  • Swedish goth /post-punk /psych duo from Stockholm, Kierkegaard “Bleeding Light” from the LP “All Tomorrows End”
  • Russian lo-fi /coldwave /post-punk one-man band from St. Petersburg, Хрустальная ночь “Тошнота” title track from the debut LP “Тошнота”
  • Norwegian New wave | Post-punk | Indie rock project from Oslo, TÅSEN TEA PARTY “All that counts” from the EP “AS SHE IS WHEN SHE WAS”
  • Pirmasens, Germany shoegaze /new wave /post-punk outfit PUYYOL “Wasteland” off the LP “I admit and please excuse me b”
  • Kaliningrad, Russia indie rock /gothic rock /post-punk project Terra Sapiens “Alone” single
  • Chelyabinsk, Russia post-punk /new wave band Моногород [Monocity] — “лифт на эшафот” (2021) Single from upcoming EP
  • Berlin-based eclectic shoegaze /post-punk all-girl trio Plaisir “Petit Couteau” off of the EP “Foam”
  • San Diego, Ca based coldwave /synthpop /post-punk solo one-man project ARMOIRE “Hey U Up”                                    
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ethnic /electronic /post-punk /dreampop duo The Lautreamonts “Gray Battle” single on Paranoia Musique
  • Dallas, TX darkwave /synth-rock duo Little Beards “Blood Diamonds (Lovelock Remix)”

photo by Katia Chausheva