The English darkwave quartet Stupid Cosmonaut released the LP Digitalis on the 5th.
Stupid Cosmonaut – Photo by Paul Mallinson
The six track, roughly thirty eight minutes, album (available on bandcamp) has a dystopian oppressiveness that fills the room in shadows of synthesised guitars, distant, yet unrelenting, percussion and immersive electronica.
Though dark in presence, Digitalis, is nonetheless an entrancing LP of ambient soundscape in which the listener feels their body and mind becoming as one with the music and far from feeling threatened by the hidden menace finds themselves hypnotically attracted and desirous of exploring the many layers of the compositions.
My pick of the release being the longest track, running at thirteen minutes, the second on the album – Rephlex.
The Black Lodge is a four track EP of ethereal shapes as the electronica folds in to itself like melting wax with a spectral vocal wrapping in to the ears – the vaguely sinister nature of the songs is delivered through both a jagged edge of drum-pad and the menacing bass which give the tracks their darkness.
The first song to be revealed from the EP is the second track – Killer.
The English darkwave creator Tarantina is due to release the EP Teething later in the year.
Fables – from the forthcoming EP was itself released as a standalone single on the 1st.
Multilayered textures of synthetics and instrumentation fold through the composition prior to the bruising bass bending the track with waves of distortion with the vocal spearing through the curtains of sound like a lighthouse lamp circling in the darkness.
The English darkwave project Shadows Between The Sky released the LP Gris on the 13th.
Shadows Between The Sky
Rumbling around the room like a rodent behind the skirting-boards as the low registers of bass grumble through the floorboards. The musical output holds the listener transfixed as aside from distortion and deep electronic hum surface peals of bells and even an acoustic guitar in the six track album (available on bandcamp).
The Canadian darkwave duo Ghost Twin release the LP Plastic Heart on the 19th.
There is a palpable drop in temperature as the dark industrialisation sweeps through the room in their signature sound of ethereal vocal surrounded by oppressive guitar and electro-drums as a majestic synth adds extended brush strokes giving the impression of the soundtrack of Valkyrie transporting the fallen.
From the eleven track album (available on bandcamp) the sixth Chymical Wedding.