Velvet Kills – Faster Speed Faster

Genre defining, Portugal’s Velvet Kills are Su Eko on Vocals/Bass and Harris Iveson on Guitar/Synths, together creating a noise one could describe as synth-punk with erotic tendencies. Taken from their 2017 album “Mischievous Urges“, this opening track’s sound is almost tribal in tone, a slow, deliberate ancient pagan ritual — a soundtrack to Caligula. Their favorite sound descriptors given thus are “Avant-garde Punk”, “Synth-Glam” and “Electro-Sex-Rock”. “Create a … Continue reading Velvet Kills – Faster Speed Faster

O. Children – Ruins

Lead singer Tobi O’Kandi standing at a larger-than-life 6’8″ smoothly croons in characteristic baritone this one of a pair of minor hits from 2009/2010 (the other penned “Dead Disco Dancer“). Sadly, O’ Children (so named for a Nick Cave song) have since broken up with O’Kandi a now solo act. Interestingly, previous to O. Children, O’Kandi was paired with drummer Andi Sleath in the band … Continue reading O. Children – Ruins

The Doctors – Unterwelt (Underworld)

Also known as, dctrs, The Doctors were founded in Bordeaux, France in 2010 and anything else regarding them is surprisingly difficult to uncover. Happily though, they personify a favorite genre portmanteau “coldwave” to the hilt. Off-kilter and broken clockworks-sounding with just enough grittiness of normality to carry itself lurchingly upright and forward, with a video to match, “Underworld” is free to darken my soul at … Continue reading The Doctors – Unterwelt (Underworld)

Wisborg – Beautiful & Broken (She Pleasures Herself remix)

This remix is such a radical twist-up of the original Wisborg track that I will share the focus with the remixers. German Wisborg’s original version is more edgy with heavy guitars and far less electronica and as such it has a grittier feel. With this remix, Portuguese band She Pleasures Herself completely transforms the track by adding a deep bass synth groove with sparkling arpeggios … Continue reading Wisborg – Beautiful & Broken (She Pleasures Herself remix)

The Horrors – Still Life

Sporting a sound at once a mix of shoegaze, post-punk, and goth, The Horrors released this lollipop-swirly emotion-laden piece of neo-psychedelica on their 2011 album Skying. Ethereal and timeless, the song appears to sing of one who is pining for a lost love and a reminder from each to the other that they will meet again. “The moment that you want is coming if you … Continue reading The Horrors – Still Life

Sure – Precious Words

Another incredible band from Paris, France, Sure is “…made to dance on the ruins of a world bleeding its sense out a little more each day.” Amen to that. This stream-of-bloody-consciousness song and video should serve to remind that angry high-energy music serves its own purpose. PIL frontman Johnny Rotten once said “anger is an energy” — indeed it is and it can be channeled … Continue reading Sure – Precious Words

Fragrance – Heatwave

Fragrance founder Matthieu Roche from Paris, France, released this track “Heatwave” on his debut EP Dust & Disorders in 2017. The video footage is taken from the 1950 movie “Where Danger Lives” and works appreciably well given some cleverly-layered film choreography. Dark, dreamy, and mesmerizing, this tune is a relaxing retro foray into neo-90’s-synthpop that has me looking forward to future parfums de France. More … Continue reading Fragrance – Heatwave

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Then Comes Silence – Good Friday

There’s a reason tradition sticks around, or is rediscovered — rituals ofttimes rock, as does this unbelievably-live version of “Good Friday” by THEN COMES SILENCE. Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, TCS self-describes as “goth, psychedelica, rock, and post-punk in a symbiosis.” Per band leader Alex Svenson, this song is about the loss of his father and how his father occasionally visits him in his dreams. Tried-and-true, … Continue reading Then Comes Silence – Good Friday

Agent Side Grinder – Stripdown

Continuing with my pre-Christmas “unconventional” theme, please find this catchy tune from post-punk staple, Agent Side Grinder. Synth, check. Heavy bass, check. 80’s vibe, check. Tenor sax solo… wait what? At once a richly, ploddingly, indefatigable darkwave track and then out of nowhere, BOOM, they throw in a tasty sax solo. “Mind is deconstructing. Mind is self-destructing. Mind is going down the drain.” Diss-conventionality. More … Continue reading Agent Side Grinder – Stripdown

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Schrödinger – Bloody Eyes

A lot of the music I enjoy could be considered by some to be unconventional (yes, I’m strange even by goth standards). Well, how about a little gothic-surfer music? Schrödinger dropped this track from their debut album “Last Days on Earth” appropriately released on Halloween of this year of our lord, 2020. For many of us, the album title is unfortunately more than a little … Continue reading Schrödinger – Bloody Eyes