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A guide to the songs and the artists of The Unquiet Grave 2019 compilation

The Unquiet Grave 2019 is the newest Cleopatra Records compilation.

As the label states: “In honor of the 20th Anniversary of the first volume of The Unquiet Grave, Cleopatra Records presents The Unquiet Grave 2019 featuring 25 international Post-Punk, Goth, Industrial, Synthwave and Experimental artists from across the dark music spectrum. The original concept behind The Unquiet Grave varied from Cleopatra’s other highly successful boxed set compilations during that time, such as The Goth Box as well as The Black Bible, that featured bands such as Bauhaus, Virgin Prunes and Legendary Pink Dots along with various up-and-coming bands. Meanwhile, The Unquiet Grave exclusively featured newer and obscure artists, showcasing these unheralded hardworking bands that earned the opportunity for exposure to a larger audience. That said, the original 1999 release included such fledgling bands as Bella Morte, Diary of Dreams, Android Lust and Rhea’s Obsession, to name a few. The Unquiet Grave 2019 applies the same formula as that original volume featuring 25 deserving bands from all over the global dark music underground.”

Released June 14, 2019, the album opens with The Ink Bats and their track “No Other”.

  1. The Ink Bats are part of the exploding Post-Punk scene in Oakland, CA, and “No Other” the opener of this compilation, opens their self-released debut album “Loss” also, that came out in 2017 on CD as well as LP. It’s hard to put your finger on their sound, but their impeccable quality and dark energy has cultivated quite a fast-growing fan base.
  2. Social Station is a post-punk/dark wave artist based in Washington DC that participates with the track “Try (Cross My Heart)“. With influences ranging from new wave and post-punk to jangle and dream pop, they forge an original haunting but accessible sound.
  3. Inspired by the gritty extremes of her new digs in New York, German-American performance artist Kai Irina Hahn founded her EBM band The Sedona Effect in 2013 in Brooklyn, NY as a solo project that involved a number of very talented musical collaborators in the US and Europe. The Sedona Effect song is titled “I Burn”. A sexy voice and hard beats blend into distorted melodies that long for a harmony that the estranged self will never reach.
  4. Only You” is the title of the Future Pop tune by Antidote For Annie. PaTrick and Tracey, hail from Boston MA, begun in the late 90’s. The project has constantly been growing and transforming, covering a range of styles and sounds. The more things have evolved and matured, the more the soul of the project became clear. An intersection of beauty and melancholia, in turns dark and angry or calm and reflective. Antidote For Annie is about finding your own way through, even if the path keeps changing.
  5. Tidal (Panic Lift Mix)” is one more tune made to get you on the dancefloor. Silver Walks happened almost by accident. Born out of Pennsylvania’s seminal Shadowland Lancaster parties, ringleader and primary songwriter Daniel McCullough’s project has blended emotional songwriting with experimentalism and electronics for the last three years. What we have here is a remix of the debut single “Tidal” taken from the EP “Songs of Love and Hate” that came out in May 2019.
  6. New Zero God appear on this compilation with “Broken Halo”. An unreleased track from the sessions of their fourth album “Circus of Tortured Melodies” that came out on March 15. New Zero God is a five piece post-punk band from Athens, Greece and their history is connected with names such as The Mission, Sisters of Mercy, Sex Gang Children (Andi Sex Gang makes a guest appearance on their latest album) Christian Death, New Model Army and Legendary Pink Dots.
  7. The Long Losts are a dark rock duo from NY made up of vocalist Anka and her husband Patrick on guitar that began in 2012. Their music combines goth and punk rock with lyrics inspired by their love for each other and the things that they love; Autumn, Halloween, nature, romance, ghosts and their memories all wrapped in a dark Victorian aesthetic. Their song is “Skeleton Thief”…
  8. Schedule IV is a quintet coming from each of the four corners of Metro Detroit. Featuring Steph Strange (formerly of Strangeling and Venereal Injection), Mike Phipps (Pulse State, ex-D:Konstruct), Don Gransden (formerly of DeLIEN and Siegemachine), Joshua McAllister (formerly of function13 and DeLIEN), and Jervon Molloy (function13), Schedule IV participate with their post-punk composition “Stray”.
  9. Influenced by artists such as KMFDM, Ministry, Razed in Black and others, New Yorkers, Carlos Marzano and Cliff Cage bring the HypoFixx project to the compilation with the industrial tune “Electrified (Cliff Cage’s Minimal Destruction Mix)”. The original version of this track can be found on their “Symbiosis” album that was released in 2018…
  10. Lorelei Dreaming is the brain child of Lorelei from Chicago, to bring theatrical electronic music to the stage and digital world. After touring in 2015 and 2016 with Angelspit, doing live guest vocals with Velvet Acid Christ, and debuting live 2016 performances for St. Griselda, Lorelei is teaming up with the incomparable Zoog Von Rock to release this new self-titled project. They offer to the compilation the Digital Gnosis Remix of their “Edge Of The World”. The original version is available on their 2017 “Banshee” album.
  11. UK’s Fear Incorporated appear here with their “Ouija Board Apparitions”. Fear Incorporated formed in 2008 as a theatre macabre avant garde band. Since then 6 albums two singles,two EPs and a compilation album have been released through various European record labels. Their present line-up consists by William Westwater and Berwyn Waddon.
  12. Metamorph is a pulse driven entry into other dimensions. A global alchemy of music crossing boundaries with enticing blends of electronics and acoustics, and capable of awakening human potential. Margot Day‘s multi-range vocals and mastery of the flute entwine and merge with producer and multi-instrumentalist Kurtis Knight’s guitar, keyboards, synthesizer and beats. Their song is titled “Winds of Durga”.
  13. Angel Metro follows with her “Stranger Times”. Angel Metro hails from Charlottesville, Virginia and she created this project to gate her Music, DJ’ing, Acting and Modeling projects. Focused on Gothic, Pin-up, Horror, SciFi, and Post-Apocalyptic stylings.
  14. Abbey Death is the name of which Abbey Nex and Valerie Abbey (Gentile), from Brooklyn NY, appear on the compilation, offering their track “Trance”. Valerie & Abbey are known for their energetic performances in Combichrist, The Crushadows, Psyclon Nine, Angelspit, Genitorturers & Black Tape for a Blue Girl.
  15. Formed in early 2000, The Drowning Season is a guitar oriented gothic rock band consisting of Matt Slowikowski (vocals, programming), Jason Lee (guitars, programming), and multi-instrumentalist Sideshow (taking on drum and synth duties) that participate on “The Unquiet Grave 2019” with the track “Brighter Than A Thousand Suns”. They view The Sisters of Mercy, The Mission (UK) and Fields of the Nephilim as their major influences.
  16. Mermaids” is the title of the next tune, taken from the album “Monsters” that May May Graves put out last year. The album was produced by Angelspit’s Zoog Von Rock. Billed as the “genderfuck of your nightmares”, May May quit her job as a Church of Christ preacher in 2011 to be in a punk band. It all goes downhill from there. Today, May May Graves has solidified her place in the dfw burlesque and drag scene and has toured stages across America, disappointing billions and captivating few with her dark, witty, and macabre stage presence. In doing that, she was the First Drag Queen to be crowned EVIL QUEEN OF BURLESQUE in 2015 and was even the First Drag Queen featured at the Dallas Burlesque Festival 2014. Her dark, macabre, and campy fetish themed performances have captivated and terrorized audiences across the country. May May can also be seen working as “head queen” at the Dallas School of Burlesque, where she is currently teaching classes in drag, lap dance, and seduction.
  17. Red Lokust were found in 2015 when Lee Lauer of Aslan Faction approached Jim Semonik of Rein[Forced]– at a KMFDM show. They appear on this compilation with their track “Speechless V2​.​0” taken from their album “The Repercussions Of Shedding Your Skin” released in 2016.
  18. Not As Brightly Lit” is the title of this one by Acclimate. Τhis experimental/ambient project from New Zealand, is the brain child of Artemis Kowalski and Martin Bowes of ATTRITION, appears as a special guest.
  19. Traumabond from Chicago, Illinois is the industrial project of Jennifer Jilbert and Nicola Palazzo. Their offering is titled “The Collective You”.
  20. ENGRAM are Martin Bowes and John Costello from the UK. The two of them have created and performed electronic experiments in sound for 30 years apiece. Martin with ATTRITION. John mostly under his own name. Here they participate with their “Hi Teikei No” from their album “Das Kapital” that came out last year.
  21. The brainchild of EBM/Industrial solo artist Paul M. Graham, Tragic Impulse from Pittsburgh, PA, was born from the ashes of the project Eisengeist. “Space Force” that appears on the compilation, is the first single off of Tragic Impulse’s upcoming album “Echoes of the Unseen” on Distortion Productions.
  22. Spider Lillies is a four piece from Washington, DC. This is an electro-goth-rock band led by Stacey Campbell, a former guitarist/backup vocalist of the Cruxshadows. The band’s debut album “In the Light” was released in 2006. A second full-length album, “Cyclogenesis,” released in 2009, followed by a remix disc, “Eyes of the Storm,” in 2010, and the “Error EP” in the fall of 2014, featuring new original songs as well as remixes from Aesthetic Perfection, Ego Likeness, Assemblage 23, Sebastian Komor, etc. They have performed with bands such as Ego Likeness, Bella Morte, Voltaire, Adoration Destroyed, Null Device, Project Pitchfork, Ayria, etc. “The Unquiet Grave 2019” compilation features their song “The Error is You”.
  23. RCH IV aka Richey Rose is a NYC-based musician and songwriter. Originally from Kentucky, Richey began writing songs and playing in local punk bands at age 13. Self-described as ‘dreamy slacker pop with plenty of riffs’, Rose’s songwriting combines his love of Left Coast punk and British new wave with his American South upbringing. His song is “Blodigel”.
  24. Dreamchild from Boston, Massachusetts, brings to the compilation the song “Alone”. Frank Gerace & Cheryl Wanner (Dreamchild) are well-known composers & musicians, who have provided music for several theatrical productions in Boston. They’re also known for the intensity of their own live performances, and use loops/samples, vocal techniques (ethnic ululation, flamenco flourish & operatic power) and unusual instrumentation to create music of ethereal nightmares and fever dreams.
  25. The album closes with the track “Wire” by Moss Garten…

The album is produced and compiled by Athan Maroulis

 

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2019 in Electronic, Goth, Post Punk

 

The Orb : Sendelica : Jack Ellister : Soft Hearted Scientists : London Underground : Secret Knowledge – new releases from Fruits de Mer Records

Late-July releases from Fruits de Mer Records include exclusive remixes by The Orb, searing Hammond-led instrumentals from Italy’s London Underground, not to mention new versions of classic songs by Roy Harper, The Bee Gees…and Black Sabbath.

WINDMILL’ by Sendelica : Secret Knowledge : The Orb (12″ colour vinyl single strangefish seventeen on sale late July)

A very special one-off 12″ single, featuring Sendelica, Secret Knowledge and The Orb.

Sendelica are well-known to all followers of FdM, of course, but Secret Knowledge are unexepected visitors – legendary writer Kris Needs and singer Wonder Schneider recorded some classic House/Techno tracks for the likes of Andrew Weatherall’s Sabres of Paradise label in the 90s…as for The Orb, well Dr Alex Paterson and co pretty much invented ambient house at the end of the 80s and have been breaking through musical boundaries for the last 30 years.
‘Windmill’ marks a rare organic collision between three disparate outfits who turned unimaginable tragedy into a beautiful eulogy after an astonishing musical journey.

On the night of Sunday June 3, 2018, Kris Needs lost his soul mate Helen Donlon after an illness she preferred not to know about. A respected literary agent and author, Helen and had got together with Kris in 2013 and they lived happily in a medieval cottage in Thaxted until events took their terrible turn. Kris was already on a mission to bring Sendelica into the mainstream music press and struck up a friendship with Pete Bingham that was already pointing to a cover version of Tim Buckley’s ‘Driftin’.
On hearing the awful news about Helen, Pete quietly transformed the music into a poignant eulogy with this tragic new dimension to deal with, bringing in Sendelica bassist Glenda Pescado, sax god Lee Relfe and production maestro Colin Consterdine to enhance its gorgeous swirl.
When Wonder, who had sung with Kris in Secret Knowledge 25 years earlier, heard the piece she called it ‘Windmill’, after the beautiful place where Helen had been laid to rest. “The windmill looks so big and strong and beautiful,” she explains, “in a silent way it watches over her, like you did. And it never stops, always protecting“. Wonder flew to the UK from her home in Cleveland, Ohio to sing the song at the magical Mwnci Studios, near Cardigan, giving a heart-wrenching performance while facing Helen’s photo (wearing her favourite purple velvet scarf) that reduced the room to tears. Helen’s beloved dog Jack, now her earthly representative, was also there to make the picture complete.
It didn’t stop there either. Kris’s old friend Alex Paterson had already said he wanted to do a remix. Working with Paul Conboy, his co-pilot in Orb spin-off Chocolate Hills, Alex produced two time-stopping remixes, using a recording of Helen’s speech on her beloved Ibiza at the 2017 Breaking Convention conference; her last major appearance in public entrancing the crowd at the world’s foremost psychedelic drugs conference.
With Kris’s photo of the Thaxted windmill on the cover, a rare heavenly synchronicity seemed to have been at work to produce this record. It’s an unimaginably beautiful tribute to a very beautiful person, lost too soon but alive forever in the music. She would have loved it.

’CROMLECH CHRONICLES IV’ by Sendelica – The Door Into Summer – three-sided colour vinyl double LP (4th side – UV colour printed) winkle 37
on sale late July

Sendelica’s latest annual Pilgrimage to Mwnci Studio in has resulted in a full-on musical head collision of West Wales with the West coast of USA.

Not so much down the rabbit hole but more of a trip through the door into the summer of West Coast USA circa 66-70 – a door of perception opening into the jamming delights of Jefferson Airplane,the Grateful Dead, Blue Cheer, Iron Butterfly and The Byrds at the heights of their improvisational prowess.

Although these bands were quite adept at writing ‘hit songs’, it is their live alchemy that has been drawn into the ever-evolving brewing pot of Sendelica…disjunctive song structures, key and time changes, modal melodies and drones that entwine and evolve into a magical musical journey.

Tune In, Turn on, Turn down the lights, indulge in whatever tickles your fancy and let the Odyssey of Cromlech IV engulf your senses!

Cromlech IV is the final part of the Sendelica series and they’re signing off with something a bit special – a double LP, but with three long (23 min+) sides of music and the fourth blank side overprinted in UV full-colour, a new technique offed by the Record Industry pressing plant (not so much a picture disc, more a disc with a picture on it…)

‘WHEN AN OLD CRICKETER LEAVES THE CREASE’ / ‘SUPERNAUT’ by Jack Ellister vinyl 45rpm – crustacean 90, on sale late-July

Jack Ellister was recently voted FdM’s favourite solo artist, so it’s great to have him back on Fruits de Mer with a newly-recorded single – even more so when you hear that he’s chosen to reinterpret two songs that are about as far apart in their style and origins as anything that’s appeared on the label in over 10 years.

‘Supernaut’ first appeared on the album, ‘Black Sabbath IV‘ and is based on one of the all-time great heavy rock riffs.

‘When An Old Cricketer Leaves The Crease’ is from Roy Harper‘s album, ‘HQ‘ and is probably Roy’s best-loved song.

According to FdM’s Keith: Jack had been working on ‘Supernaut’ for a while when we met in a pub near Spitalfields record fair, along with Heyday’s Nick Leese and mate Craig Palmer. For some reason, talk moved onto Roy’s classic track – I think because we felt Jack’s voice was really suited to it; coming from Poland, by way of Germany and the Netherlands, Jack didn’t know the song, let along why the hell cricket means so much to middle/old-aged English blokes, but he vowed to investigate further – and he didn’t disappoint.

When it comes to two sides of a single, the phrase ‘poles apart’ never seemed more apt.

Jack explains the background behind the recordings….
“the grand piano used on ‘Cricketer’ belonged to my grand father in Torun, Poland.
In 1990/1991 my father took me and Tomasz to Poland to get it over to Germany. We had to smuggle it out because it was forbidden to transport instruments across the border, as they might be valuable collectible items or state property. We did it in two turns using an old Mercedes 9-seater. On the first trip we took the inner metal works and mechanics out and hid them under lots of other stuff. On the second journey a month later we got the wooden frame, which appeared like a sort of cheap big wardrobe when not inspected properly. Luckily the wooden outer parts fit into the lift in Stuttgart and didn’t need to be carried up the stairs to our flat on the 6th floor where we lived in at that time. It was great to have it around and we used it a lot on early recordings.
My brother Tomasz was then made to play classical music on that thing for about seven years, and he recorded me playing ‘Cricketer’ in the living room in Stuttgart (not the same flat) just before it went back to Poland for good, together with my parents.

‘Supernaut’ is one of those Sabbath tracks that doesn’t seem to belong to their obvious classics, but for me it somehow earned itself a special place in their canon. Tomasz sent me the drums recorded in his cellar studio/rehearsal space and I added all the rest at home.”

PLEASE READ ME’ / ‘MOTHS MISTOOK US FOR THE MOON’ by Soft Hearted Scientists vinyl 45rpm – winkle 38, on sale late-July

The Welsh cardiologically-inclined alchemists returned to the studio earlier this year after a lengthy break to record a cover for a year-end Fruits de Mer retrospective that we’re still working on – but the result was so strong I felt it deserved a single release in its own right and the band had such a good time they decided to work on a new song to go with it.

So here we have The Bee Gees‘ ‘Please Read Me’, a 60s pop-psych gem from the brothers Gibb with not the faintest whiff of cheese to it is given a magical makeover, paired with an all-new SHS song, ‘Moths Mistook Us For The Moon’, that’s just lovely and has that classic Soft Hearted Scientists sound.

SPACE EDITION’ by London Underground colour vinyl double LP, crustacean 89, on sale late July

With a history that traces back to the classic Italian band, Standarte, London Underground formed in December 1998 in Florence; they began by recreating the UK keyboard sounds of the likes of Brian Auger and George Fame, moving onto a more progressive rock feel by the time they released their second album.

After a period of inactivity, in 2008 Gianluca Gerlini reformed the band and recorded their third album ‘Honey Drops‘; The London Underground today have a sound that is still inspired by the Hammond – now purely instrumental, they also draw influences from soundtracks of films from the 60s and 70s.

The website Progressive Rock Fanatics summed things up rather neatly…’If you like keyboards and more keyboards layered over keyboards, with an astonishingly tight rhythm section laying down tight grooves- you’ll love LONDON UNDERGROUND. Add in spacey, jazzy jams that sometimes sound lifted from classic progressive albums of yore (think Atomic Rooster, Pink Floyd, Argent, heck, even vintage Santana – you’ll get the flavor, fall under the spell of the music, and emerge on the other side with a grin.

Keith explains: “FdM and London Underground started dating when I heard their version of ‘Queen St. Gang‘. That led me to their latest album, ‘Four‘, which is bloody marvelous from start-to-finish; it’s up there with the Tor Peders album, in my humble opinion, the only thing that stopped FdM from pouncing on it being that the band have already self-released it on vinyl.
What to do? the LP is a natural for FdM but what could be done to enhance/extend/expand it…how about a special colour vinyl edition? Good start, but it needed more and it’s the only album by the band that’s found its way onto vinyl so far…so how about making it a double LP including a bonus LP comprising some of the best tracks from their first three albums?
RESULT!

So, here comes London Undergound’s ‘Space Edition’ – a double LP reproducing their ‘Four’ LP on purple vinyl plus a bonus LP, also on purple vinyl, of a selection of tracks from their previous releases.

There’ll only be 300 copies for sale, so FdM club members will get priority…” SORRY – ALREADY SOLD OUT ON PRE-ORDERS – BUT MAY GET A FEW EXTRAS

 

 

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2019 in Prog-rock, Psychedelic

 

Cleopatra to release the Unquiet Grave 2019 Compilation

In honor of the 20th Anniversary of the first volume of “The Unquiet Grave,” Cleopatra Records presents “The Unquiet Grave 2019,” a compilation that features 25 international Post-Punk, Goth, Industrial, Darkwave and Experimental artists from across the dark music spectrum. Our original concept behind “The Unquiet Grave” varied from other Cleopatra compilations we completed such as “The Goth Box” (1996) as well as “The Black Bible” (1998), that included legacy acts such as Bauhaus, Virgin Prunes and Legendary Pink Dots along with a variety of up-and-coming bands. On the other hand, “The Unquiet Grave” (1999) exclusively featured unheralded hardworking new artists that deserved the opportunity for exposure to a larger audience. That original 1999 edition would include such fledgling bands as Bella Morte, Diary of Dreams, Android Lust and Rhea’s Obsession, to name a few. “The Unquiet Grave 2019” applies the same formula as that original volume by showcasing 25 artists that equally deserve your attention. “The Unquiet Grave 2019” will be available on June 14th via all digital and streaming outlets.

The Unquiet Grave 2019 features:

The Ink Bats, Social Station, The Sedona Effect, Antidote for Annie, Silver Walks, New Zero God, The Long Losts, Schedule IV, Hypofixx, Lorelei Dreaming, Fear Incorporated, Metamorph, Angel Metro, Abbey Death, The Drowning Season, May May Graves, Red Lokust, Acclimate, Traumabond, ENGRAM, Tragic Impulse, Spider Lilies, RCH IV, Dreamchild, Moss Garten

 
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Posted by on June 3, 2019 in Goth, etc.

 

Cellista – Transfigurations (31 May 2019)

California’s groundbreaking avant artist Cellista presents ‘Transfigurations’ LP

Groundbreaking experimental cellist and multimedia artist Cellista presents her new ‘Transfigurations’ album. As a stage poem, this entails a multi-media work that includes dance, poetry, original classical compositions, noise and sound textures.

“In 2017, Transfigurations began growing out of a avant-garde performance art piece I wrote, composed, and directed called ‘Wants’. It was meant to be a response to Trump and the rapid gentrification of the Bay, and address the tragedy of the Ghost Ship fire. Wants became a 20-minute film that my regular filmmaker Jennifer Gigantino shot and edited. The ruptures feature sounds from the Internet Archive and there are lots of historical recordings and found sounds, most originating from the Bay area,” explains Cellista.

‘Transfigurations’ is a response to the world we inhabit. It is meant to allow us all, singularly and as a community, to see the ruptures that punctuate our place in the present – The ache of the Ghostship that points to greater ruptures interwoven like veins; the call to resist the deadening of our world by institutions and false power, and the violence of gentrification and displacement. Above all, for Cellista, it is a way of seeing and sharing an awareness of her own impact within this shared place.

Earlier, Cellista presented ‘Look Homeward, Angel’, a cutting edge genre-bending track featuring the lyrics and rhymes of hip hop artist DEM ONE (a.k.a. Demone Carter) and beautiful soprano vocals by Melissa Wimbish. She also premiered the track ‘Confessions’featuring Rykarda Parasol.

Engineered by longtime collaborator Maryam Qudus and Grammy-winner Nahuel Bronzini, ‘Transfigurations’ features original compositions and arrangements by Cellista and also involves Bay area composers Peter Colclasure, Nick Vasallo and Be’eri Moalem with his piano quintet Tzeva Adom. The album also features the original poetry of Aubrey Ferreira, narrated by DEM ONE. The movements are composed and curated in a suite-like manner with genres ranging from thrash metal, noise, hip-hop and classical music.

Hailing from San Jose, Cellista’s penchant for performing music in unconventional spaces, and her devotion to collaborating with artists across media and genres disrupts the world of the classical performing arts. Cellista traverses the walls between disciplines and the borders between spectator and audience. She etches out her own niche through her performances of captivating theatrical recitals by interweaving film, text, and dance. Her work is deeply rooted in her musicological studies of Olivier Messiaen and the French Surrealists.

Cellista’s sound brims with a dissidence, informed by her classical foundation and her want to tear that very foundation apart. It explores the sounds of her immediate community through sound collages and music curated to augment that community. It also explores the meeting point of musical borders and gives testimony to the fragile ecosystem of the San Francisco Bay Area that sits alongside the rest of the world in an increasingly vulgar epoch.

As an experimental cellist, performance artist and artistic director of the interdisciplinary performing arts group Juxtapositions, Cellista is known for her collaborations with artists across various media, as well as her self-produced stage poems (live performances staged in unconventional spaces that incorporate elements of music, theater, improvisation and visual art across a range of genres including pop, hip-hop, classical and more).

Her interdisciplinary exhibit ‘The End of Time’ premiered alongside internationally renowned visual artist Barron Storey’s solo exhibit ‘Quartet’ at the Anno Domini art gallery in San Jose, California. The dual exhibition, created in tribute to French composer Olivier Messiaen’s seminal chamber work ‘The Quartet for the End of Time’, was met with critical acclaim.

Cellista has worked with Grammy-nominated artist Tanya Donelly, producer John Vanderslice, Troyboi, Don McLean, Casey Crescenzo, Van Dyke Parks, and Pam the Funkstress. She recently joined soprano Carla Canales for Hear Her Song, a project that promotes women’s voices through original compositions by female composers. Under the musical direction of Kurt Crowley (Broadway’s Hamilton), her playing was praised.

Cellista’s debut 2016 full-length album ‘Finding San Jose’ was engineered by Maryam Qudus (Doe Eye). The album and its subsequent release as the soundtrack for an interdisciplinary ballet directed and produced by Cellista received favorable reviews.

As of May 31, ‘Transfigurations’ is available digitally everywhere and on CD, which comes with a full-length book and download code. This limited edition is available via Bandcamp and at live shows.

TRACK LIST

01 Rupture I
02 Confessions
03 Rupture II
04 Look Homeward, Angel
05 Rupture III
06 You Can’t Go Home Again
07 Rupture IV
08 Repetitions
09 Rupture V
10 When the War Began
i. The Enduring Moments Before Disaster
ii.Falling From the Sky
iii. Into the Storm
11 Tzeva Adom

LIVE DATES
May 31 San Jose, CA – ‘Transfigurations’ multimedia release show (with Lady Lazarus) at Anno Domini
June 23  Los Angeles – Infinite Noise Outrageous Loud Festival at Coaxial, solo noise set
July 18-Aug 25  San Jose, CA – performing in City Light Theater’s production of ‘Cabaret’

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Posted by on June 2, 2019 in Alternative

 

David J featuring Rose McGowan The Auteur (Redux / The Starlet’s Cut) – Glass Modern Records 14 June 2019

David J presents ‘The Auteur (Redux / The Starlet’s Cut)’ featuring Rose McGowan

David J (Bauhaus, Love and Rockets) presents ‘The Auteur (Redux / The Starlet’s Cut)’, a digital-only single featuring actress, activist and writer Rose McGowan. This release serves as a taster for his forthcoming double album ‘Missive To An Angel From The Halls Of Infamy And Allure’, which is set for release on Glass Modern Records in autumn.

The track features a stellar line up of musicians, including Paul Wallfisch (Swans), Larry
Mullins AKA Toby Dammit (Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds), Sean Eden (Luna)
 and Emily Jane White (backing vox). The accompanying video was created by Scott Saw of Fuze Studios.

“The original version of ‘The Auteur’ was released as part of an EP in 2002, an old song that tells a much older story but one which in light of the whole #metoo movement now has an addendum,” says David J.

“The most vocal proponent of that righteous call for respect and culpability, Rose McGowan, makes a fitting and emotional appearance on this brand new version’s reprise. Rose told me that she related to the lyrics on a very personal level and, because of this, she is also considering recording her own version of the song.”

Rose McGowan is a thought leader and agent of change, who originally gained recognition as an actress with lead roles in films such as ‘The Doom Generation’, ‘Scream’, ‘Jawbreaker’ and ‘Planet Terror’, as well as the hit series ‘Charmed’. As a writer, director, music artist, icon, entrepreneur, and feminist whistle-blower, she has focused a spotlight on injustice and inequality in the entertainment industry and beyond. As an activist, she led a movement to break the silence and has become a leading voice in the fight to disrupt the status quo.

David J has spent the last eight months touring the world with Peter Murphy on the massively successful Ruby Rising 40 Years of Bauhaus Tour, covering multiple countries across four continents.

David also recently offered two limited edition vinyl releases for Record Store Day: a remastered and expanded version of ‘V for Vendetta’ in Britain (via Glass Modern) and, in North America, the ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ 7″ single (via Schoolkids Records), performing Emily Jane White‘s ‘Hole in the Middle’ as b-side. In autumn of 2018, he also reissued his seminal album ‘Crocodile Tears and The Velvet Cosh’and released ‘Oracle of the Horizontal’ with Duende, both on vinyl via Glass Modern.

‘The Auteur (Redux / The Starlet’s Cut)’ will be released on June 14 across all digital platforms. A two-track version of the single, including the instrumental, is available exclusively via Glass Modern Records’ Bandcamp.

David J and Rose McGowan – photo by S.T.R. Anger

CREDITS
David J – Vocals
Rose McGowan – Lead female vocal
Emily Jane White – Backing vocals
Paul Wallfisch – Piano, bass guitar, Wurlitzer, backing vocals
Sean Eden – Electric guitar
Larry Mullins – Drums
Heather Paauwe – Violin, viola
Eleanor Norton – Cello
Strings arranged by Paul Wallfisch

Engineered and mixed by Paul Wallfisch
additional engineering by Tony Green
Produced by David J and Paul Wallfisch
Instrumental Version mixed by Paul Wallfisch
Catalogue GLAMSD002

TRACK LIST
1. The Auteur (Redux / The Starlet’s Cut)
2. Instrumental Version

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Posted by on June 2, 2019 in Post Punk

 

Dark Nouveau Metropolis Compilation

Metropolis Records announced “Dark Nouveau,” a compilation that brings together 24 international bands from the Post-Punk, Industrial, Synthwave, Goth and Dark Wave genres.

From the beloved Turkish duo She Past Away to the obscure Argentinian duo Balvanera, “Dark Nouveau” showcases both the known as well as the unknown bands that are driving the varied new directions in dark music.

A full year in the making, “Dark Nouveau” is dedicated to the late vocalist Scott Walker (1943-2019) and will be available across all digital as well as streaming outlets from Metropolis Records on June 21st.

Featured Artists…

She Past Away (TURKEY), Antipole (NORWAY), Ash Code (ITALY), Shadow Age (US), Hante. (FRANCE), Balvanera (ARGENTINA), NØIR (US), Skeleton Hands (US), Dancing Plague (US), Push/Button/Press (US), Night Nail (US), FTR (FRANCE), Canter (US), Decedent vs Slighter (US), Dark Door (ITALY), Seeming (US), The Harrow (US), Dead Leaf Echo (US), Twin Tribes (US), Weird Candle (CANADA), Paradox Obscur (GREECE),The Shyness of Strangers (CANADA), IAMTHESHADOW (PORTUGAL), Inopera (US)

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Posted by on May 24, 2019 in Electronic, Goth

 

Pylon Reenactment Society – Messenger / Cliff Notes (Chunklet Industries 30 May 2019)

Pylon Reenactment Society announces tour dates and European debut at Barcelona’s Primavera Sound Festival
The legendary Athens, GA band is supporting their ‘Messenger / Cliff Notes’ release

Pylon Reenactment Society have announced a string of summer live dates, including their European debut at the Primavera Sound Festivalin Barcelona, Spain on Thursday, May 30, 2019. They will be touring in support of their latest ‘Messenger / Cliff Notes’ 7″ single, for which the band has issued a special ‘tour edition’ on gold-colored vinyl, to be made available at shows.

Pylon Reenactment Society is fronted by former Pylon front woman Vanessa Briscoe Hay, whose inimitable vocal textures and phrasing define Pylon’s sound for most listeners. A sonic powerhouse, Hay also numbers among Paste Magazine’s list of “The 25 Greatest Front Women of All Time”.

Pylon Reenactment Society formed from the ashes of Pylon, one of the most influential bands at the outset of what became known as the ‘Athens, GA music scene’, along with other frontrunners The B-52’sand R.E.M. Over 30 years ago, these three bands were heavily featured in the original feature documentary ‘Athens, GA: Inside/Out’, propelling them into the international spotlight.

Despite their massive success in North America, Pylon performed only in the UK (back in 1980), but never performed on mainland Europe. Fans in Europe will be treated to this rare opportunity to see Hay and her new band perform a mix of Pylon songs and new original material.

Pylon Reenactment Society (a.k.a. PRS) was founded in 2014, five years after Pylon’s celebrated history came to a sudden end in 2009 with the death of guitarist Randy Bewley. Since then, PRS has turned into a tight touring unit having performed at festivals and venues on both coasts, the Midwest and the Southeast.

In addition to Hay, PRS is rounded out by Jason NeSmith (Casper & The Cookies) on guitar, Kay Stanton (Casper & The Cookies) on bass guitar and backing vocals, Damon Denton (Big Atomic) on keyboards, and Joe Rowe (The Glands) on drums.

PRS released their ‘Part Time Punks Session’ EP in 2017 via Chunklet Industries, a hip Atlanta-based tastemaker record label founded by Henry Owings. At the end of 2018, they released a 7” vinyl single of two original songs – ‘Messenger’ and ‘Cliff Notes’, with distribution more widely following in 2019. It is now available both via Bandcamp and at independent music stores.

PRS is putting the finishing touches on a full-length recording of all new and original material.  Hay is also close to finalizing a deal for the reissuing of the Pylon catalog on vinyl. The band continues to receive rave reviews for their releases and their live shows. Fortunate concert-goers can catch them live as follows:

May 26 @ 7:00 pm  – Athens, GA at Hendershot’s (with The Vassar Blondes)
May 30 @ 11:30 pm – Barcelona, Spain at Primavera Sound Festival, Your Heineken Stage
June 22 @ 8:15 pm – Augusta, GA at Athfest Sampler, Miller Theater (with The Producers and The Pauses)
June 23 @ 4:30 pm – Athens, GA at Athfest Music Festival, Washington Street Stage
August 17 @ 9:00 pm – Decatur, GA at The Vista Room

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Posted by on May 18, 2019 in Alternative