As the world tilts and tumbles and the chill settles into the land. What is the new music that I am feasting on this Bandcamp day? I just did the review and interview with Raymond Watts and I am a bit star struck and over the moon. You all know S & S for new up and coming bands so lets talk about what just came out.
Death Loves Veronica : Our dear friend from San Antonio has not been idle during the pandemic. Another new single and one with a totally different feel from her previous material. Lovely grinding old school industrial with her slow whisper burning ember voice. I love the gentle drone and build. A very David Lynch broken mind story. Veronica keeps finding ways to deliver and stay fresh.
The Unquiet Grave: This amazing compilation really needs it’s own review. I think Amaranth was set to be on it at one point. 32 Tracks with a huge variety of goth styles. Put together by Athan Maroulis this is the best value you are going to get in goth music. A great way to find 10 new bands you are into for $10.
1. Shadow Assembly: Languish
2. A Cloud of Ravens: The Tempest
3. Ships in the Night: Lost Times
4. I Ya Toyah: Glass Eyes (The Joy Thieves Remix)
5. Blood Bells: Destroy
6. Double Echo: Remains
7. The Kentucky Vampires: Holy Heretic
8. Null Device: And I Fall
9. Ghost Painted Sky: Cleansed
10. The Mystic Underground: The Ugliest Duckling
11. Eva X: A Softer World
12. Funeral DJs: Kiss of Death
13. Red This Ever: Man Up Now
14. Double Eyelid: Dead is Better
15. 51 Peg: Cut the Wire
16. Evil Symbols: Fascination (feat. Bat Kalaayan)
17. Dispel: Modal Consequence (The Threshold)
18. The Shyness of Strangers with Rhoneil: Return to the Ground
19. ItheVirus: Obedient Delusions
20. Ghostfeeder: Fascia
21. Dead Blood Cells: The Candles, They Flicker
22. The Skeleton Closet: The Fine Line
23. Grey Gallows: Enemy
24. Jaka’s Story: Dream-Land
25. Blood Dance: Child of Fear
26. No Exits: Noticed
27. Rituel Encens: Passions
28. The Horror Diaries: I Get Low
29. Dead Souls Rising: Overthink
30. Cables For Clouds: Rain On Your Day (Radio Edit)
31. The Unquiet Void: Song of My Soul
The Ghost Of Bela Lugosi: (Poisoning of Every Seed) Another scorching new single from Vin. It really rattles my mind just how different every new track sounds. Everyone is a masterwork. This is a flowing newwave disco jam with 80s Depeche Mode flavor and punk rock sleaze. Vin lets the shining beauty of his voice gleam through on this one with more polish. Another genre shift, another hit.
Blindcopy: Hot new single “Blacklight” from Memphis electronic artist Jack Alberson. Loving this bopping Information Society style with some southern soul. The way this track keeps bobbing and weaving you can never quite grab hold of it in the best possible way. The motion and energy created is hypnotizing. 5 remixes one from our dear friend Melodywhore.
Caput Medusae – Dreamy new single from German darkwave artist called “Kiss Me Deadly” This track is always lurking around the corners and moving through the shadows. Tina Mar has a voice that is always in your periphery but always surrounding you. This is music I want to hunt ghosts in a abandoned mansion.
White Mansion : Speaking of haunted mansions, Cold Transmission’s Arkansas post punk stars have a lovely new synth driven single “Alone”. The song has a lovely isolated New Order “Movement” feel. The bassline is a thrumming pulse and the vocals convey a loneliness and you can taste on your tongue. Wonderful single but I would be remiss to not mention the remix by label mates Kiss of the Whip . Tristian took that dark moody power and refracted it through a prism to highlight all the best elements.
Black Rose Burning: (Open The Gate) I just need so much more of this style and quality. NYC artist George Grant released this gorgeous EP of ultra dark acoustic singer songwriter jams with a true goth aesthetic. His voice is so passion Peter Gabriel but that ever driving percussion acoustic rings like The Cure “Wish”. Sometimes to find the next evolution you need to strip the concept down to it’s bones and I am drinking deep of the marrow of BRB.
Actors: Last but certainly not least is a new single from Actors called “Love U More” and holy shit. I didn’t know exactly what to expect but this surpassed whatever I had in my head. We did a live reaction of the video which I will post soon. It’s all the things I loved about “It Will Come To You” and more. Jason’s vocals are blended perfectly and float on a cloud city of synth glory. Shannon’s vocals are brought to the front and make a perfect contrast. The tone is much darker and has a force of soulful pop with a deep message. I really can’t stress enough that you need this. This band is the future and I am here for that future.