Nyxomniac – Fire – Video

Nyxomniac, a darkwave project from the USA, will be playing the first live performance on the 1st of June at Mutiny Information Cafe in Denver.

Nyxomniac

Nyxomniac

There are a handful of tracks around, the most recent of which is Fire – a roughly four and a half minutes composition of drifting melancholia that casts dark clouds in to the room as the slowly unfolding combinations of electronica and guitar envelop the listener in their embrace, with a sparse vocal peering through the gloom.

Fire has a mesmerising beauty which pulls the listener back to listen again and I look forward to hearing more from Nyxomniac in short order.

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Lowes – If You Leave Me Now – Video

The English darkwave quartet Lowes will be releasing the EP Elements imminently.

Lowes - photo by Laurence Johnson Photography

Lowes – photo by Laurence Johnson Photography

The second song to surface from the forthcoming release – If You Leave Me Now – was itself released as a standalone single on the 11th.

Opening with a forlorn piano to be promptly joined by the melancholic voice the listener is immediately enveloped in the ethereal beauty of the slowly tumbling composition as deepening shadows form overhead.

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Råhypnos – New Chapter – Audio

The Swedish darkwave duo Råhypnos follow up the release of their eponymous EP in 2016 with the release of the LP Do We Want It? on the 27th.

Råhypnos - Photo credit - Andreas Dunsäter

Råhypnos – Photo credit – Andreas Dunsäter

Whilst their previous material featured was of melancholic countenance the first of the ten ten songs on the LP, the fourth, New Chapter (released itself as a stand alone single on the 6th) has a darker shadowing to the composition generating a more foreboding presence that lumbers in to the room pressing the audience in to the corners with its oppressive brooding industrialisation.

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Precious Child – WHOLE – Video

The US darkwave project Precious Child is currently finalising a full release anticipated later in the year.

Precious Child

Precious Child

The first track to surface from the forthcoming release, WHOLE, is a contemplation of both the internal conflicts of the mind and the external struggles with others of body dysphoria whilst not seeking to provide an answer, rather add to the conversation.

The grinding electronica is buried by the fragmented guitar and jolting percussion while the vocalisation expresses both anguish and calmness.

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Stupid Cosmonaut – Rephlex – Audio

The English darkwave quartet Stupid Cosmonaut released the LP Digitalis on the 5th.

Stupid Cosmonaut - Photo by Paul Mallinson

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.

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