Ghost Nation from Stockholm in Sweden is the electro-goth duo of Micke Berg and Tomas Vasseur.
With only a couple of songs to hear this a duo who have much to offer and it is little surprise that they are fast attracting attention. Easy clips for mainstream radio dissection for those who like that sort of thing are equally served with plenty of texturing and layering for those of us who like their music to bite out of the speakers.
Their first offering Turn Off The Lights revolved around the circumference of ’80s synthwave of smoky layers of synthetics snaking through the speakers with the extended vocals floating across the room.
The second reveal – Your Final Kill – offering a darker countenance which finds the listener stepping in to a basement backstreet night-club festooned in gaudy flashing neon lights – only to discover the swirling loops of drum-pad lasso the ankles and immediately dangling upside down above a packed dance-floor as the breathy vocal spires in to the ears from below akin to siren calls of tempting promises.
It will be interesting to discover where Ghost Nation decide to travel in future creations, though the fact I am suggesting Your Final Kill as a means to get to discover the duo does indicate I am happiest in a sleazy club, which to regular readers will come as no great revelation, hoping to hear more of this direction of travel in the future.
Time will tell and as I have news I will endeavour to let you know.
The Swedish heavy-metal outfit Corroded released an acoustic three track single – The Nevo Sessions – on the 25th.
Displaying an unanticipated tenderness Corroded demonstrate their ability to deliver empathetic material and the foundations of their song writing – as demonstrated in the achingly mournful first song on the release – A Note To Me.
An almost complete change of line up with only the guitarist and founder, Filippa Nässil, remaining – their latest single We Fight For Rock N Roll (available on bandcamp) is currently being supported by an extended pan-European Tour.
Monument, from the forthcoming LP, combines powerful heavy-metal temperament with a light indie texturing which is all brought together by electronica that is able to smooth away any sharp edged welding of the ideas by giving the song an unanticipated calmness.