Mollywhopp is a strange musical beast but then looking at the back catalogue of The Indycas, they are strange musical creators who seem to revel in and excel at making such mercurial music. Sitting somewhere between futuristic film score, ambient electro, otherworldly symphony and the sound of a computer learning to write music when know one is looking, it is indeed a beguiling experience.
There is a pent up energy running through the track, the feeling that any moment now something dramatic will happen to diffuse and resolve the whole thing as it relentlessly weaves strange alien sounds through classical sweeps and brooding cellos through boisterous beats. Non other than Alfred Hitchcock said that the difference between action and suspense is whether the bomb you saw under the table in act one goes off or not. Which one Mollywhoop turns out to be I will leave up to you the listener.
The days of storytelling may be a lost art, lyricism, and genuine songwriting may be all but extinct these days; and while we sit and scratch our heads over today’s music we have to ponder of what or who exactly is up next? Enter Etches’ and their single “Human Façade,” a strumatic instrumental with very little instrumentation but a very strong bassline. A pivotal story of sexual exploitation and the effects of being viscerally reactive versus proactive.
It’s a good track, actually it’s a great track with a somewhat skeletal bass that slowly rises to a climatic progression. The lead singer is impassioned and embodies a sound of true artistry; couple that with the musical score they have managed to create – and this may be one of the best culminations of simplistic sounds and musical elements I’ve heard in a long time. Their sound is progressive rock, psychedelic harmonies, and electro/pop bass lines and to be honest they remind me of a modern day, Tears for Fears. Their sound is infectious and can’t wait to hear more of the musical ear-gasm that for now we know as Etches.
Before gothic music took a strange turn into the dystopian, cyber-punk sub-genre of metal that it became, it was something very different. As the punk barriers where kicked down, what came charging through was not a horde of year zero guitar slingers but clubland kids in strange make-up, clutching broken keyboards which they rewired to their creative will. And so in the bright dawn of the post-punk era this strange new breed made strange new music built of keys and drum machines and driven by dance beats rather than big guitars.
In many ways Broken X’s Never Abiding feels like one possible pathway from that scene which was never fully explored. That generic gene splicing of dark thoughts and vibrant beats, futuristic visions and primal urges, the myriad possibilities of a gleaming future mixed with the creeping doom of the past that juxtaposition of technology and drive and its dark musical underbelly. Broken X capture all this elegantly and on the strength of this mercurial and exploratory track, checking out their latest ep, Zombies of The Night is, as they say, a no brainer.
Earlier this year Dawn (Dawn Music from Berlin) hit us with a 7 minute track that will make you revaluate every electronica track you’ve ever listened to. His ground-breaking track ‘Abyss’ reaches into your subconscious without your permission, and takes you on a transgressive road of empyreal chaos with its complex experimental and analogue sound.
The German’s certainly do have the rest of the world beat when it comes to any form of electronic music, Dawn from Berlin is no exception. He’s been creating, producing & remixing music since 2000 and has become a household name in Germany for his progressive style, dabbling with techno, electro & experimental. He’s also known for his mixing talent and has in the past worked with; Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, New Order, Mutemath and many others.
Abyss is futuristic yet reminiscent of the traditional electro style. There’s almost a ‘War of The Worlds’ sound lingering throughout the progression of the track. It’s upbeat sounds are teased with trepidation in the perpetual drone that’s present throughout the track, as it ebbs and flows with flawless breakdowns to leave you at the edge of your seat. As you’d expect with a longer track, it hits you like a tonne of bricks, the music is orchestrated with so much vivacity that it’s impossible not to become immersed.
When you have your roots in two of the coolest cities on the planet, namely Berlin and San Francisco, it follows that something musically interesting is on the cards, just by virtue of having soaked up a certain creative vibe which hangs in the air of such cities. Golden Heart is a wonderful mix of slick 80’s pop and a modern hazy indie sound which seems to channel those past musical glories.
It is built on a wave of beautiful understatement and elegant strings, funky beats and gorgeously ethereal vocals which seem often to be happy just to punctuate the music rather than dominate it. If music ever summed up the places it inhabits then White Night are the perfect example, the classical grandeur of the old world meeting the exploratory nature of the new, the tight, electro-pop of the German musical story meeting the looser spirit of the American west coast. But this isn’t music which in anyway sounds retro because of its influences, if anything it is more forward thinking than any of its contemporaries and that is the perfect evolution for pop music.
If you want to get the feel of what good music sounds like, then Black Fun Surgery’s latest hit- Plastic is the music to listen to. What can I say? This track is simply off the hook. For music lovers who love a combination of hard rock and electronica, you wouldn’t go wrong to listen to this fine tune that is currently rocking the airwaves. Yes, there are good music but “Plastic” by Black Fun Surgery beats them all.
Although this amazing electro Goth duo have stayed away from the music scene for quite some years now. They make a resounding comeback with this tune that promises to give music lovers that tingling feeling they wouldn’t want to recover from.
If you think the lyrics to this incredible song was lit, wait till you listen to the crazy beat that accompanies this fine music. You will simply be left breathless by the magical production that went into this track. Yes, the group black fun surgery is an indie group looking for the breakthrough to the big stages, but with this monster hit- Plastic, they have simply made a statement that they are ready for the top.
While their single Spectralia has success in 2016, Plastic promises to surpass their previous milestone. And with many radio stations currently airing this scintillating track, it wouldn’t be long before Plastic start topping popular charts. If you love energy in a music, then this is the one for you. The energy in this music is on a whole new level.
According to the duo, Plastic is a song inspired by a fake world where they feel the desire to celebrate their uniqueness through music. The lyrics of this hit track is a testament to the message they want to send out there. While Electro Goth is a very popular genre in Germany, Black Fun Surgery have owned this genre and taking things up a notch with their latest track “Plastic.” Are you having a bad day and looking for a track to burst the adrenaline in you? Instead of sliding in some boring old track, why not revel in the euphoria of Plastic? Without mincing words, Plastic is the ultimate mood changer. Slide in this tune and thank me later.
Like I said earlier, this music is currently enjoying massive airplay. This explains why it has earned its place as number 7 on the ReverbNation UK’s electronica chart.
While it’s nice to get lost in an emotion or to experiment with an unfamiliar aesthetic, musicians know better than anyone that sometimes you need to be taken on more of a journey. TyC is an artist who can bring you from Point A to wherever you need, even a few places you may not know you need. Now Or Later is a song that starts with acknowledgments of longing. There’s no speed to it, no dance, no energetic expression, just a cool and calm explanation of sympathy. We’ve all needed a song like this before. TyC has other plans for us though.
When the chorus hits, the mood changes in a way that isn’t easily defined. Between the unpredictable beat, the almost tropical upbeat instrumentation and the soulful delivery of the vocals, Now Or Later passes the listener through a mixed crowd of different feelings. By the time you make it out to breathe in the next verse, the song is a completely different setting and the feeling is beyond oversimplified themes. At this point, it’s not about where we’re going or even where we are. This is a song that takes you for a ride and that’s more than enough reason to pump the volume and enjoy yourself. Featuring Sonny Step, this track has something for everyone.
Sammy’s Cult Nights just released a brand new single titled “Tear Me Down”, taken from the project’s recent release, “Haunted House Party”.
This single will most certainly take you by surprise with its haunting atmosphere, deep textures and lush melodies – The genre is hard to classify. Is it indie-pop? electro-rock? Industrial? New Wave? Perhaps a little bit of all of the above, or maybe none of them at all, but it doesn’t really matter – the sound is what’s worth focusing on. On “Tear Me Down’, Sammy’s Cult Nights managed to create a truly huge sound based on remarkably simple elements. The drums are present, yet very essential, while the synth sweeps have a nice retro vibe. The guitar lines bring presence to the mix, waving in and out of the picture with a ghostly feel. The vocals are tastefully produced and arranged, with lots of reverb and pleasant saturation. You’ll certainly enjoy getting lost in this surprising track.
I love the fact that this single is particularly ambitious, yet it remains quite down to earth. In spite of the higher stakes in this production, Sammy’s Cult Nights remained refreshingly direct and intuitive in his songwriting approach.
Although an album called Ain’t That A Beach Party Vol. 2 is going to put all sorts of preconceptions in the mind of the potential listener, even before the first notes have been released into the summer air, A Fresh Delight, which can be found in this compilation, manages to rise way beyond any notions of throw away seasonal hits. Instead it revels in a sort of elegant jazz delivery put to a joyous house beat but even rises beyond that with a smoky and languid vocal sitting contrastingly over the vibrant beat below.
It means that there is something for everyone here depending on how you approach the song. Those looking for a party will find a groovesome track with a great vocal, perfect as part of the soundtrack to your summer fun but approach from a different angle and you will find a fantastically soulful jazz-pop vocal being driven towards more commercial waters one beat at a time.
It’s all about paying your dues and TyC has certainly done that. After establishing his name as part of the band Carousel he has spent the last few years honing his production skills and song writing craft by shadowing and working with a wide and diverse network of artists and labels. The time now felt right to put his own release out and ahead of the forthcoming ep, the track All 2 Myself acts as a musical teaser and calling card for what is to follow.
And it is an intriguing mix. The ghosts of eighties electro explorers loom large over the song for sure but the more immediate vibe is a slick and sunshine fuelled west coast dance vibe. Add to that big production values, innate pop infectiousness and a polished modernity to his approach and you have a song that not only knows where it comes from but also sure as hell knows where it is going.
It is a busy sound with rock guitars and pulsing bass lines blending effortlessly with the more usual dance-floor elements but through clever production and a careful approach to space, nothing is lost and even the subtlest of sounds has its moment in the spotlight. Now that’s value for money.