Anna Von Hausswolff is a singer-songwriter who has always embraced a progressive attitude to creativity. Never unafraid to straddle genres as diverse as metal, Krautrock, and dark pop, and always remaining elusively undefinable, she has made waves over the past decade with her four previous albums and numerous illustrious collaborations. As well as following her own unique musical path, Von Hausswolff (to name just a few of her achievements and endeavours): runs a record label, has guested with Wolves in the Throne Room and Swans, has supported Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, and has hosted visual art exhibitions. Continue reading
Prisyn is an album that deals in opposites. On one hand, it is an expression of Evan Patterson’s artistic freedom, in the sense that it is quite far removed from Jaye Jayle’s previous works both in terms of sound and creative process. On the other hand, that creative process was linked to circumstances of enforced restriction and confinement. The album’s title itself – Prisyn – alludes to a ‘synthetic prison’ according to Patterson himself. The work was conceived while Patterson was on an extended tour. He began to compose music in these limited conditions using just his iPhone. Instead of fleshing out or reworking the pieces with the usual Jaye Jayle band, Patterson enlisted Ben Chisholm’s (Chelsea Wolfe) help to embellish and produce the songs. The result is an album of primarily electronic music: tense, brooding and claustrophobic. But, in the spirit of opposites, there is a counterpoint to the cold synth textures in the form of Patterson’s deep and rich voice. As he sings in the very first line of opener ‘A Cold Wind’, ‘The darkness meets the lightness / Or rather the lightness meets the darkness’. Continue reading
South African dark-folk artist Ann Jangle has shared the new video for her latest single “Ballad of Pink Cocaine” out now via Mongrel Records. The video which is directed and edited by award-winning documentary filmmaker and photographer Marius van Graan features actual footage taken on her journey interspersed with beautiful slow motion performance shots, capturing the mood of the track perfectly.
Hollywood, California Rock band Them Guns have dropped a new single and video for their song “Shot in The Dark”. The summertime vibe of buzzy synths, catchy chorus, and the rocking beat will have you jumping out of your seats! This song is a crazy earworm and you will be replaying it in your head for hours on end after just one listen. Check out “Shot In The Dark” right now.
Get you some PMA vibes as we enter the weekend! Alternative rocker Darro has shared a new music video for his song “Paralyzed”, all about his experience surviving surgery for a brain tumor and the after-effects of PTSD. The grim subject matter is cast against the backdrop of catchy melodies and amazing guitar work, all capped off by an epic earworm or a chorus. Anyone who can survive a harrowing ordeal like that and write such a sunny sounding, uplifting song about it deserves a listen. Check it out! Continue reading
The more disparate aspects influence a band, the more it’s able to grow. Psalm Zero‘s music prior to the new album Sparta (Last Things Records) was all aggravated Indie, the tunes given an edge by guitarist Andrew Hock. With his departure and the subsequent recruitment of Kayo Dot pairing Keith Abrams and Ron Vodun, remaining founder member Charlie Looker has added a warmer, heavier feel to the Grungey lightness and this, together with a tantalising contribution from Lingua Ignota‘s Kristin Hayter, makes the album an enticing prospect. Continue reading
You can call it Punk; you can call it Noise; you can, if you will call it Beat poetry. One thing that Manchester UK experimentalists Locean do produce is a thrilling, vibrant energy and Chav Anglais (Artificial Head Records), the band’s first full-length album, is full of such attitude: from crashing strings and rhythms to sparse, protesting, dominant sexuality. Continue reading
And now, the end is near, and so we face the final curtain. My friends, we’ll say it clear, we’ll state our case, of which we’re certain. We’ve lived a year that’s full, and listened to each and every album (well, a good several hundred, in any case), But more, much more than this, We did it our way…
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Prolific Miami DIY artist Patrick Doval is has dropped a brand new single/video ‘Broken Girl’! This is the follow-up to his last album Broken, which released this past January. Owing a lot of influence to post-Punk and Goth, Doval’s new single has a tinge of classic new-wave to it for added emotional effect as well. Directed by Geo Ruiz and Doval, who also edited the clip, watch the stunning video for ‘Broken Girl’ now!
Johannesburg based electro-Rock band Swandy (members of Pollinator, Running with Scissors) released their debut EP, The Second Shift on October 5th 2019. The band has some series Alternative, Synthwave and even Punk vibes to it at times. Watch the clip for their new video, ‘Anchor’, right now! Continue reading