Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Contre Jour - One Night At The Station

  Contre Jour is a french band which started playing in 2009. The band includes Roxy (vocals), Christof (bass guitar), Greguy Leodocard (keyboards) and Manu (Guitar).

  Their first album called « One night at the station », which is a self-product project and was released in January 2010, combining many influences from the 80′s and the 90′s, offers a punchy sound between Post-punk and New wave.

 Their influences include Joy Division, The Chameleons, Siouxsie & the Banshees and The Cure. 

 Tracklisting :
01. Hourglass
02. À contre Jour
03. The chosen One
04. Grey House
05. Vladilen
06. Lies
07. One Night at the Station
08. Tension
09. This Feeling
10. Decay
11. A Recklessness
12. The Travelling 


  This self-produced debut album of 12 songs can produce for itself a darkly romantic world in your head and offers the dawning of the dark seasons suitable for lonely dark hours or parties.

Monday, 19 December 2011

Lorelle Meets The Obsolete - On Welfare

  Lorelle Meets the Obsolete is a psych band from Guadalajara, Mexico. Their debut, On Welfare, was released on May 24th of 2011 via Captcha Records.
   The Mexican duo sear their way through a heady mix of shoegaze and psychedelia that wobbles when you think it's going to run straight into the foam and scorches just when you're least expecting it to catch fire. The band has a way of wrapping the two genres (and the edges of quite a few more) around their guitar strings and pulling them tight into knots, only to have those same knots disappear in a puff of black smoke. Their On Welfare album is a perfect soundtrack to humid rains, streaked with heat and swelled with the promise of relief.

Adventure - Lesser Known (2011)

   Adventure is yet another contemporary act infatuated with the epic sound of 80s electronica. The Baltimore based musician behind Lesser Known, Benny Boeldt, uses a palette of sounds and beats to recreate and expand upon the indulgent atmospherics that groups like OMD and Visage came up with the first time round.
   The opening track, 'Song 1', sounds like an instrumental remix of New Order's 'Bizarre Love Triangle', and this is soon followed by 'Smoke and Mirrors' and "Fools Paradise".  Boeldt creates a lush sound that is melodramatic, urban, melancholic and rapturous; In short, Boeldt is a musician, a technician and a post-modern romantic.
   At its best, Lesser Known crescendos to create a big sound using melodic hooks, electronic strings, samples and simple vocals.
   For some people this kind of music will sound derivative and nostalgic, but it's not really as simple as that. Although the template may be very similar to 80s electronica, the schematic has changed and Lesser Known does sound like the next generation of synth-pop.

01. Open Door
02. Feels Like Heaven
03. Smoke and Mirrors
04. Fool’s Paradise
05. Rio
06. Lights Out
07. Relax the Mind
08. Another world
09. Electric Eel
10. Meadows

Thursday, 15 December 2011

The Frozen Autumn - Chirality (2011) & Discography

  The Frozen Autumn is an Italian darkwave band, formed in May 1993, characterized by a blend of melancholic vocals, atmospheric gothic-wave and 1980s-style electropop.

  The Frozen Autumn started life as the solo project of Diego Merletto, founded after several years of involvement with various darkwave groups in Turin. The singer, keyboardist and synth programmer employed the talents of guitarist Claudio Brosio during early studio sessions and live performances, then in 1995 the first album, Pale Awakening, was released under the German Weisser Herbst Produktion label. The album was well-received by gothic-wave/dark-romantic fans across Europe, and in 1997 the follow-up was released, Fragments of Memories, this time by Milan-based Eibon records.

   In 1998 Merletto co-founded a side-project called Static Movement with Arianna, who provided guest vocals on the title-track from Fragments of Memories. The duo composed together for six months and in March 1999 the album Visionary Landscapes was released. The musical style of Static Movement was not dissimilar to The Frozen Autumn, however with only electronic instruments being used, the result was a more synthetic coldwave sound. The partnership proved fruitful for both parties and so Arianna became a permanent fixture in The Frozen Autumn line-up, Static Movement remaining their "concept research project".
  After 18 months working on The Frozen Autumn's third album, Emotional Screening Device was released in April 2002 and hailed as the group's best album to date. They decided to leave Eibon Records in 2003 and, while contemplating offers coming in from both Italian and foreign labels, spent over two years on the next album. Is Anybody There? was finally released in September 2005 by the Argentinean label Twilight Records and German label Pandaimonium through Xymox Control.

  Merletto has since been working on his video art which has in recent years become an integral part of the band's live shows, while in addition to playing concerts all over Europe and collaborating with various artists, the duo have (as of October 2006) begun the process of reprinting The Frozen Autumn's back catalogue. In 2009, "Pale Awakening", "Fragments of Memories" and "Visionary Landscapes" were re-printed through Twilight Records. At the same, The Frozen Autumn announced that Ashes is no longer their official fan club. In September 2009, a new official forum was created.
   In December 2009, The Frozen Autumn published in their Facebook a "Manifesto against music killers", stating their position on music sharing over the Internet. In the same article they pointed out that they were exploited by someone who they thought as a good friend.
   In October 2010, four new songs from a new single: "Rallentears" will be performed live. The song is on their new label, Calembour Records, as a forerunner of their next album, called Chirality is released in November 2011.



  • Pale Awakening (1995) - reprint in 2009
  • Fragments of Memories (1997) - reprint in 2009
  • Visionary Landscapes (1999) - From Diego and Arianna's side-project, Static Movement - reprint in 2009
  • The Pale Collection (2000) - Re-printed version of Pale Awakening including a remix of This Time and one new recording.
  • Emotional Screening Device (2002)
  • Is Anybody There? (2005)
  • Chirality (2011)

 The Frozen Autumn - Chirality (2011)

01 Before the storm
02 Sideral solitude
03 Chirality
04 Breathtaking beauty
05 So brave
06 The Exile
07 Victory
08 Rallentears
09 In the golden air
10 The last train


Rallentears (EP 2010)

01 Rallentears
02 So Brave
03 The Last Train
04 Wait For Nothing (Froxy Vox Version)

Is Anybody There (2005)
01 Evening Falls
02 Faceless Names
03 Ashes
04 Polar Plateau
05 Static Cold
06 Oblivion
07 Venetian Blinds
08 Guardian Angel
09 Concavo - Convex
10 Citywards
11 Ashes (Clan Of Xymox Remix)
12 Polar Plateau (Dust Of Basement Remix)

 Emotional Screening Device (2002)
01 Second Sight
02 Silence Is Talking
03 When You Are Sad
04 Wintertag
05 Is Everything Real
06 Precious Lives
07 Emotional Screening Device
08 Verdancy Price
09 Sperm Like Honey
10 Freon Heart Fayence Mind
11 Second Sight


The Pale Collection (2000)
01 This Time (electro mix)
02 Bio Vital

The Pale Collection

Fragments Of Memories (1997)
01 The Echo of My Lies
02 There's No Time to Recall
03 Dusk Is Like a Dagger
04 Winter (Reprise)
05 Don't Cry for Me
06 Chimney's Song
07 Painted Girls
08 Fragments Of Memories
09 I'm Coming From Nowhere
10 The Forgotten Frontier

Pale Awakening (1995)

01 Pale Awakening (Intro)
02 Again
03 Winter
04 Another Tear
05 Onyria
06 This Time (80's song)
07 In The Nightime
08 Wait For Nothing
09 Scent of Innocence
10 When The Dreams Become Memories

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Mint Julep - Save Your Season (2011)

   Formed in Boston, Massachusetts, in 2007, Mint Julep is the husband-and-wife team of Keith and Hollie Kenniff. Subsequently relocating to Portland, Oregon, the duo cut a limited release album, Songs About Snow, in 2008 – effectively a trial run for further recording in their home studio, the fruit of which is a sublime follow-up, Save Your Season, released by Village Green in August 2011.

  Hallmarked by Hollie’s seductive, dreamy vocals and a succession of memorably soaring choruses, all of it etched with Keith’s vivid, glinting keyboards, towering guitars and miscellaneous instrumental hooks, Mint Julep make lustrous modern pop music that is wistful and mellifluous yet simultaneously powerful, even epic – equal parts shoegazing romanticism and cool, Kraftwerkian polish. 
  Their songs seem instantly familiar, like old musical friends, a ’classicism’ offset by the freshness and luminosity they exude as they usher you on a breathless ride through the sunlit uplands of electronic indie-rock.
  Mint Julep was designed as a conscious departure from Keith’s previous, ambient-orientated projects. “When Hollie and I set out to do something, I wanted to find some way to incorporate her vocals into a slightly different style, rather than just write similar material to my solo work and lay her vocals over top”, he says. “I had the need to write something that had some distorted guitars, loud drums and was a little bolder than what I had previously done. We messed around with a track one night (which became ‘Stay’) and it was a fun process, so we just kept writing more songs so we could do a project together.”

   Soon a working pattern emerged, with Keith composing music around Hollie’s lyrics or making tracks which Hollie would then add to. “It just developed after a lot of trial and error, and after a while the material started to plateau and began to sound like an album…”

A Pennsylvannian by birth, Keith Kenniff is an honors graduate of Boston’s esteemed Berklee College of Music, best known as the brains behind dulcet ambient/electronic practitioners Helios and the fingers on the ivories of post-classical piano minimalists Goldmund (the latter’s music once described by no less an authority than Ryuichi Sakamoto as “…so, so, so beautiful…”).
  A succession of albums under those aliases has made Kenniff the darling of discerning critics and his music has also been widely used in film, television and advertising, not least on the soundtrack to Harmony Korine’s 2007 comedy-drama Mister Lonely and the trailer for the 2009 Academy Award-nominated Revolutionary Road, directed by Sam Mendes.

   Originally from Ohio, singer Hollie Kenniff maintains dual US/Canadian citizenship, having spent part of her life in Ontario. Aside from Mint Julep, she has collaborated on several additional musical endeavors in tandem with husband Keith, including a children’s music project, Meadows (inspired by the couple’s young son), whose debut longplayer was recently released, and an ambient diversion under their own names. An album of the latter, A Deep and Dreamless Sleep, is slated for later in the year.

Mint Julep’s ultra-rare Songs About Snow debut is also set to live again in the near future, remixed, remastered and with additional tracks.

 by David Sheppard. July, 2011.

01. Chasing the Wind Catching the Shadows
02. Aviary
03. Days Gone By
04. Save Your Season
05. To the Sea
06. Cherry Radio
07. No Letting Go
08. Stay
09. Time Is Distance
10. Why Don't We

Mint Julep - Save Your Season

Thursday, 8 December 2011

The Do - Both Ways Open Jaws (2011)

  The Dø is a folk/pop band formed in 2007 comprising Dan Levy and Olivia Bouyssou Merilahti from Paris, France and Helsinki, Finland respectively. Their name apparently derives from the first note in the C-major scale. 
  The Dø’s music can be classified as diverse, incorporating many different genres and styles, including avant-garde noise, hip-hop and classical music. Thus the music could be said to fit into the freak folk-genre. The band’s debut record was called A Mouthful and was released within Europe in 2008. A Mouthful was released in April, 2010, in U.S. by Six Degrees.
  In 2011 they released Both Ways Open Jaws under the same record label.

  01 – Dust It Off
 02 – Gonna Be Sick
 03 – The Wicket & The Blind
 04 – Too Insistent
 05 – Bohemian Dances
 06 – Smash Them All (Night Visitors)
 07 – Leo Leo
 08 – B.W.O.J.
 09 – Slippery Slope
 10 – The Calendar
 11 – Was It a Dream
 12 – Quake, Moutain, Quake
 13 – Moon Mermaids

  The Do - Both Ways Open Jaws

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Patrick Wolf - Together

  Patrick Wolf is an English singer-songwriter from London. Wolf mixes electronics and samples with a wide range of instruments including viola, keyboards, ukulele, and percussion, all of which he plays himself to form a fusion of jazz, folk and electronic music.

   He began experimenting with sound and four-track recording at the age of 11, eventually building an arsenal of instruments that included junk-shop organs and a home-built theremin.

  At the age of 14 he joined the pop-art collective Minty, a venture that caught the eyes and ears of Fat Cat Records, which went on to supply the youth with a computer and mixing tools for aid in his newfound audio experimentation. He left home at the age of 16 and formed Maison Crimineaux with his friend Fanny, which eventually found its way to France where the noisy duo played a show attended by electronic maestro Kristian Robinson (aka Capitol K), who went on to release Wolf’s lauded 2003 debut. With Lycanthropy reaching number 39 in the NME’s top LPs of the year, as well as receiving critical acclaim throughout Europe and America, Wolf decided to study composition at the Trinity College Music Conservatoire.

   The results of that endeavor can be heard on his 2005 release Wind in the Wires, a dark collection of moody British folk and chamber pop with a chilly laptop sheen.

   Wolf released his third album, and the first on a major label, The Magic Position, in February 2007. He has been busy promoting it with a successful concert tour in North America, Europe, Japan and Australia.

   Wolf’s fifth album, Lupercalia, is released on 20 June 2011 by Hideout, a subsidiary of Mercury Records. Songfacts explains that the album title refers to the Lupercalia festival, which is was an ancient fertility and love festival that the ancient Romans celebrated between February 13-15, and was the predecessor to Valentine’s Day.

  Along­side ‘The City’, one of the best of these is ‘Together’ a majes­tic slow-burner that builds grad­u­ally over pul­sat­ing synths.

  Fol­low­ing the ani­ma­tion cre­ated for ‘The Fal­cons’, ‘Together’ has also been given the video treat­ment and you can watch it below. The track will also fea­ture on Patrick’s Bru­malia EP.


Friday, 2 December 2011

Minks - By The Hedge (2011)

   "In April of 2010 Captured Tracks released a 7" single by an unknown new york band called Minks. On the date of release, few people knew any information about the musicians behind the music. Most writers and listeners assumed that it was a one man bedroom music project, like many other artists on the label, and were confused even more when six musicians appeared on stage to perform songs at the first Minks concert. 
  The first single, titled "Funeral Song" was quickly praised by music journalists and publications like Pitchfork, Stereogum, and Fader. Fader said that it sounded like "If Robert Smith gave birth to a baby, and the baby was actually a cassette of Cure demos that had a lot more staying power than actual Cure demos." Seasons changed, and MINKS returned with a follow up 7" single titled "Ophelia," which continued to shadow people's minds with curious thoughts and open ears.

  The uniqueness of these early singles showed the ability to balance the feelings of joy and sadness, as well as a door to past and present worlds. 
  For these songs were less about the songs themselves, but the ability to make you feel a certain emotion when listening to them. No element alone would stand out, but as a whole, the swirling waves of sound which Pitchfork would describe as "all texture and drift," would drive you away to a nostalgic place in your mind.
  With the release of "By The Hedge," MINKS further the ability to make you feel eternal autumn.
   Frontman and songwriter Sean Kilfoyle's ability to capture the raincoat grey Boston mornings of his youth, have the desire to make you feel like you are listening to a dream while awake and standing in the pouring rain. put on your raincoat and enjoy the splendor."

1. Kusmi
2. Out of Tune
3. Life at Dusk
4. Indian Ocean
5. Funeral Song
6. Our Ritual
7. Cemetary Rain
8. Bruises
9. Boys Run Wild
10. Ophelia
11. Juniper
12. Arboretum Dogs

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Xeno & Oaklander - Sets & Lights (2011)

  Xeno and Oaklander is a minimal wave/synth duo from Brooklyn, New York, comprising Sean McBride and Miss Liz Wendelbo. They began writing music in 2004 and they record their songs live in their studio and play analogue synthesizers and instruments exclusively.

- Vigils (2006) (Xanten)
- Saracen (2009) (Wierd Records)
- Sentinelle (2009) (Wierd Records)
- Sets & Lights (2011) (Wierd Records)

  The new video for “The Staircase,” by the synth pop group Xeno & Oaklander, epitomizes the cool aesthetic of the underground minimal electronics movement. 
   The video has the quality of a Xerox, reproduced over and over, blown out and dark, and induces a sense of something lost. 
  Taryn Waldman of Boxmotion, who directed the “The Staircase,” and Patrick Stroub, its cinematographer, make references to Roman Polanski’s film “Repulsion,” as a slip of a woman, Xeno (Wendelbo), climbs the stairs of a claustrophobic 19th-century Brooklyn tenement building, seemingly unaware that the object of her affection and of her voyeurism, Oaklander (McBride), is right next to her.

1. Sets & Lights
2. Untitled*
3. Years Before
4. Corrupt
5. Blue
6. Italy*
7. Autumn’s Edge
8. The Staircase
9. Desert Rose
10. Open Walls

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Blacklist - Midnight Of The Century

  Blacklist is a band from Brooklyn, New York composed of Josh Strawn (vocals, guitar), Ryan Rayhill (bass), Glenn Maryansky (drums), and James Minor (guitar).

  They are one of the flagship bands of painter Pieter Schoolwerth's Wierd Records imprint. The band creates atmospheric modern rock music that has been described as "anthemic,", "darkly erotic, strangely sensual", and "brings a much-needed anomaly in NYC's music scene." 
  They are sometimes classified as part of the post punk revival, though the sound is generally more dense, sonically incorporating elements of shoegaze with coldwave. 

   Blacklist's first EP was self-released and is currently out of print.
  The Solidaire EP was then released including a cover of seminal French coldwave band Asylum Party's song "Pure Joy In My Heart." 
  The band's debut LP, Midnight of the Century, was released digitally on May 26, 2009 and on CD on July 28, 2009.It was mixed by Ed Buller and mastered by Howie Weinberg. 
  The album title is a reference to the revolutionary Victor Serge's book, Midnight In the Century.

  The lyrics to Blacklist songs often contain references to various authors, philosophers, and historical events.

Sunday, 30 October 2011

SOVIET SOVIET - Summer, Jesus (2011)

  Summer, Jesus is the latest EP from Italian trio Soviet Soviet. In quite a unique manner they fuse industrial dirt with more accessible emo punk.The real muscle in ‘Summer, Jesus’ is the instrumental. It’s dark and menacing with rasping guitars and ominous leading bass lines.

  The vocals retain throughout punk's trademark declamatory, accelerated delivery that is unexpectedly but effectively supported by sophisticated, drumming while guitar and bass stick successfully to conventional punk simplicity and directness. 
 Sung in international English, the songs are sufficiently varied and engaging as are, naturally, their political messages.

  Soviet Soviet have a new video out for their song, "Human Nature"From summer, jesus EP released 08 October 2011 VIA Tannen Records.

01. Contradiction (03:03)

02. Human Nature (03:33)

03. Prince, Prostitutes (03:20)

04. Warmata (03:42)

05. The Beasts Are Brave (03:33)

06. Aztec Aztec (03:33)

Clan Of Xymox - Darkest Hour (2011)


   The band Clan of Xymox, also known as Xymox, formed in the Netherlands in 1981. They gained success in the 1980s, releasing their first two albums on a prestigious independent UK label, a third and fourth album on a major US label and scoring a hit single in the United States. Early pioneers of the dark and moody electronic music known as darkwave their 1980s releases included synthpop electronic dance music.

  In the 1990s, their music turned increasingly Goth (they have since been referred to as the "founding fathers of goth.") Though the band is still active and continues to tour and release records, of the original members (Ronny Moorings, Pieter Nooten, Frank Weyzig, and Anke [also Anka] Wolbert), only Moorings remains in the band today.

   How would the classic darkwave from the 80s sound today?
   Which path would the cult acts of the legendary 4AD label take with the possibilities of our modern world? As an answer to these questions, CLAN OF XYMOX deliver their foreboding thirteenth  studio album "Darkest Hour" - an enthralling journey through the past, present and future of gloomy goth/darkwave sounds.

  After enthusing the scene in the summer of 2009 with their quite goth rock-oriented "In Love We Trust", CLAN OF XYMOX return with an album that is surprisingly electronic. Without omitting the foggy guitars painting their characteristically melancholic aura into the songs, the framework of "Darkest Hour" consists of an elaborate composition of enigmatic electro sounds and mesmerizing darkwave nostalgia - a combination effortlessly melting together contemporary sounds with the aura that made the self-titled XYMOX debut an instant classic in 1985.

Ronny Moorings' passion for huge, sensual melodies, mystical sound experiments and seductive dance rhythms is as unbroken as it ever was. Melancholy, energy and determination rule "Darkest Hour", a record whose tracks "My Reality" or the hypnotic club hit "Delete" will work on any dancefloor, but that also delivers gripping entertainment and world-class goth hymns with "Dream of Fools" and the breathtaking "Wake Up My Darling". Crowned, as usual, with Ronny's unmistakable vocals instilling the necessary dark passion.

  An impressive 30 years have passed since the founding of CLAN OF XYMOX - a period being revisited on the new album and leading to ten modern darkwave classics ready to be instantly introduced into the canon of gloomy music. To be released on Ronny Moorings' birthday, 

"Darkest Hour" is music for the night, is music for life and for death, is music for eternity.

01. My Reality
02. Delete
03. My Chicane
04. Dream of Fools
05. Deep down I died
06. In Your Arms again
07. She did not answer
08. Tears ago
09. The Darkest Hour
10. Wake up My Darling


Monday, 10 October 2011

Automelodi - "Automelodi" [2010]

  Automelodi is the main musical project of Canadian songwriter/producer Xavier Paradis formerly known as Arnaud Lazlaud and later as Echo-Kitty, playing since the mid 90’s in the purest Neue Deutsche Welle and Fad Gadget styles.
They released their debut album “Automelodi” in August 2010.

   Automelodi combines guitars with synthesizers and drum machines to create a truly idiosyncratic, cerebrally sophisticated, and elegantly composed album of modern minimal electronic music!

   Highly unique for a North American band in 2010, Automelodi proudly embraces the infinitely rich ground of French pop musical influences - including the legendary ‘Chanteurs’ of the ‘60s and ‘70s, classic French cold wave(aka ‘La Vague Froide’) and minimal synth, and early UK new wave.

   The album carefully weaves together a series of hook-laden uptempo pop trax with with a set of stylishly confident, yet vulnerably melancholic downtempo songs that allow the listener to catch his misty breath in the mix, with nearly all vocals smoothly delivered in French. 

  As is often the case within French literature, poetry, and pop musical history the freely associative, intuitive and often dreamlike play of language and the voice is of prime importance to the band. And indeed for the English-speaking listener in particular, the vocals function as an additional flowing and soaring instrument in the mix as well as a mysteriously mediating force that provocatively obscure the lyrical narratives at work, while carefully playing off of both the icily detached guitars and the warmly, organic electronics. An amazing balancing act it is, and negotiating this plethora of conflicting forces within the record is quite an exciting sonic event to experience...welcome to the world of Automelodi...

1. Schéma corporel [Clip]
2. Airline [Clip]
3. Rose A.D. [Clip]
4. Stylo-bille
5. Rayons de rien
6. Buanderie Jazz [Clip]
7. Rentrée 3007
8. Pression
9. Employé terne
10. Limite Malade [Clip