Stumble through the brooding miasma with Swansect on their debut album–BB_DLOAZYZmU8mCU

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Concrete Doves opens with a relentless deathrock bass riff and then militant flash bang drums that trigger my panic response. Feels like getting followed into a dark alleyway and getting the shit kicked out of you by a malevolent spirit. Guitar and undead vocals devoid of any feelings fill out the mix and make for a very disorienting and visceral start to Swansect’s debut.

What follows the musical equivalent of running the gauntlet but the aggressors have razor blades, chunks of concrete, and live power lines. The album utilizes multiple “styles” (industrial, deathrock, sound collage, drone) but is held together by the thematic anxiety of the whole work. There is an overwhelming sense of impending tragedy only buffeted by small bursts of apathy in reference to the destiny of the human race.

The last track to me seems like a meditation on the futility of it all, a sort of peace despite all the destruction and devastation that we’re exposed to everyday, in real life and on the news. Peace stemming from the acknowledgment that some things are just out of our control.

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Shallow Dive into the insular world of WitchHouse

It’s 2020 and if I had a dollar for every time some North Brooklyn hipster has pronounced witch house (vvi†ch hou$3) dead, I’d have enough $$ to buy my own headstone.

No longer trendy, the genre has fallen back into its own fold. Occult fetishists across the world bumping this shit as we speak. And as proof here are some producers currently churning out suicide rave.

△Sco△ – Russia

Sco writes the prettiest shit. Super dancy and bouncy. I don’t really go to clubs but if they played Sco I would. If anyone was ever under the impression that you can’t simultaneously be violently suicidal and also be having the time of your life, here’s this.

✂︎ – France

666vandal got as many aliases as i have mental disorders. Their sound is probably the most distinct of any witch house project I’ve ever heard. Distorted beyond recognition but not foregoing any of the beauty. Rave at the end of the world.

stereo cross – Russia

So I don’t have proof of this but i’d bet my life on stereo cross having been scene in the myspace era. Aesthetically and sonically you find a fondness for the melodramatic late aughts. Moving seamlessly between remixes of post hardcore classics or emo rap anthems and fucked up, pitch shifted witch house proper.

Edith Underground (fka internetgf) – Florida

Edith Underground is the soundtrack to getting your ankle slashed. Glittery nightcore remixes will lull into a sense of security and next thing you know you’re drowning in a lake. Truama is personified and sublimated in Edith.

If you are 100% new to the genre and want to hear some of the originators of this sound and also some of the most notable check out:

Salem, IC3PEAK, oOoOO, White Ring, BL4CK C3ILING, Balam Acab, Pictureplane, Crystal Castles (not canon but aligned), Crim3s, Ritualz, ∆AIMON, Sidewalks & Skeletons

thanks for reading – wwithout