This week’s Unknown Pleasures sees Getintothis’ Mike Stanton get to grips with some dark and obscure finds, exploring the murkier reaches of drones and beats and some melancholic dream pop for light relief.
Autumns aka Christian Donaghey, who hails from Derry in Ireland, has released A Product of 30 Years of Violence, a six track album of sonic explorations and concepts. Posthumous Remorse is the lead release from this album, a dark and undulating track recalling the sound of DAF. Drum machine and bass sequencer take the lead, along with layers of distorted echoing vocals and modulated hits of metal.
Evoking the blurred mellotron from Pink Floyd’s On The Run, the lead synth is dense, textured and atmospheric. Electronic bass and synth tones hint at the early EBM (Electronic Body Music) movement creating a sound for the disco of the dammed. Warping vocals add to the hallucinatory swirl of the composition.
This is as near as you will get to genuine old school industrial music in today’s bedroom-produced digital age. Product of 30 Years of Violence is out now and available on Clan Destine Records.
Keiandra from Newcastle, UK is fast-emerging as a distinctive voice in the world of electronica and at 19 years of age she is showing signs of a prodigal talent. Merging various styles including dream pop, lo-fi and atmospheric art rock she has created something that is hypnotic and melodic.
Milk Tooth combines lush dream pop and brooding electronica with murky spaciousness and expansive dramatic arrangements. There is an ebb and flow, a hypnotic sensuality to Milk Tooth that suits Keiandra’s voice. The poignant melody gives the witch-pop of the track a plaintive, insular feel.
Another Newcastle native, Collector (this time Newcastle, Australia), has created a track that is multi-layered and as dense as the deepest ocean trench. Cramps is all icy synth lines, noisy textures, pounding beats and lots of bass. This is industrial techno at its finest. Claustrophobic doom abounds through sludgy sound constructions and drugged out soundscapes.
It’s all about the noise and hum of the electronics. A dark house of evolving sounds, beats and shadowy modulations. The sinister soundscapes can take the listener to some spooky places with murky instrumentals and protean dark industrial. Heady drones create a sense of claustrophobia while the dragging tempos potently create dread and foreboding.
Life After Olympic Gold is out December 1 on Clan Destine Records.