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Lunar Module – Light Years (February 18, 2018)

Lunar Module is the project of Ant Banister (Sounds Like Winter) and Alberto Martinez (Neuropa).

Ant and Alberto have been writing 80’s flavoured SynthPop together on and off for many years, they target their sound very strictly around the New Wave period, the years 79-83, using the authentic instruments and sounds of the time.

Recent events have meant that the two of them are now living in the same city again, and back writing and performing full-time.

Lunar Module have just released a 15 track retrospective album on Bandcamp with old and new tracks and are working on a whole new album due early 2019.

Lunar Module will be touring in central Europe during October with the band Fabels.

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Posted by on May 19, 2018 in New Wave / Dark Wave

 

ShapeShiftingAliens – Showing My Face (The Sublunar Society 8 March 2018)

Sweden’s ShapeShiftingAliens presents Bowie-esque single ‘Showing My Face’ with stellar video

The Sublunar Society has announced the forthcoming single release of Showing My Face’ by Sweden’s ShapeShiftingAliens, previewed with a snazzy new video. This release follows on the trail of the band’s self-titled album in late 2017.

ShapeShiftingAliens is a Swedish duo, consisting of Niklas Rundquist and J.P Cleve on vocals. Together they create music and unusual and eccentric videos. Their inventive approach appealed to Nolan Cook of The Residents, leading them to collaborate with one another on ‘Shadows’, the final track from their 2017 eponymous album.
Rundquist and Cleve met when they were both working with Iodine Jupiter. Cleve is a producer and composer, live musician and studio musician (guitar) for artists and film, as well as touring and performing. Inspired by various film music composers and especially horror films, their music has also been influenced by the likes of David Bowie, Lou Reed, Goldfrapp, Air, Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, and Massive Attack.
In the early 80s, Rundquist participated on Lustans Lakejer‘s first record and performed with The Leather Nun. Since then he has been composing music for films, documentaries and commercials (i.e. the vignette for Sandrew Metronome) and has created music for Cirkus Cirkör, Iodine Jupiter, and various artists on the London scene. Today, Rundquist is once agai part of The Leather Nun (on violin) and stands behind Brainshadow.
ShapeShiftingAliens signed to Swedish indie label The Sublunar Society in 2016. Since that time, they have released three singles – ‘Just a Boy’‘Stay’ and ‘Cut To The Bone’ – followed by their full-length ‘ShapeShiftingAliens’ LP.

The Sublunar Society is a record label and publishing company, founded by Marie Lundvall and Peder Bjoerk in 2013. Sublunar releases music and publishes literature for the international and national markets. The company also produces exclusive limited edition art products for collectors. The guiding spirit behind The Sublunar Society is one of artistic freedom and creative exploration beyond the conventional.

The ‘Showing My Face’ single will be available across online stores and streaming platforms as of March 8, as well as The Sublunar Society’s own Bandcamp.

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Posted by on February 1, 2018 in New Wave / Dark Wave

 

Duran Duran – Girls on Film 1979 Demo (Cleopatra Records 29 December 2017)

Cleopatra Records releases early Duran Duran ‘Girls on Film’ demo EP with Andy Wickett
Cleopatra Records has released Duran Duran ‘Girls on Film 1979 Demo’ EP featuring Andy Wickett on vocals. These are rare debut recordings, which include the original version of the smash hit ‘Girls on Film’ and ‘See Me Repeat Me’, which would later be transformed into‘Rio’, as well as other songs that the group shopped around to various labels before eventually signing with EMI.
Recorded in 1979, these historic previously-unreleased demo recordings by ‘80s new wave icons Duran Duran feature the group’s early frontman Andy Wickett (a.k.a. Fane), alongside Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Roger Taylor. They were recorded at Bob Lamb’s studio (home of the band UB40) in Moseley, Birmingham.

Originally formed in Birmingham by Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Stephen ‘Tin Tin’ Duffy in 1978 as an art school band, Duffy left Duran Duran in early 1979. After TV Eye vocalist Andy Wickett left that band, Stephen Duffy took his place. Soon afterwards, Andy was enlisted by Nick Rhodes and John Taylor to front Duran Duran.According to Andy Taylor’s autobiography, Andy Wickett had a major part in the writing of ‘Girls on Film’ during his tenure with the band. Wicket explains that, unlike the sexy imagery depicted in the video for this song, the lyrics were actually inspired by the lives of the stars of old black and white movies.

“It is important for people to understand the true origins of the song ‘Girls on Film’ and to hear the edgy sound that Duran Duran had in the beginning,” says Andy Wickett. “This song was inspired by the dark side of the glitz and glamour, where these perfect idols suffered tragedy and addiction. The film ‘Sunset Boulevard’ was also a big influence with its tale of a fading movie star.”

Andy Taylor confirms that Wickett co-wrote an early version of the song that eventually came to be known as ‘Rio’. Indeed, ‘See Me Repeat Me’ was taken from ‘Stevie’s Radio Station’, a song written by TV Eye when Wickett was their vocalist. A favourite of Nick and John, it was incorporated into Duran Duran live sets during Wickett’s tenure.

Duran Duran eventually released ‘Girls on Film’ in July 1981 and it became a Top 10 breakthrough in the UK Singles Chart, peaking at Number 5 that month. The song ‘Rio’ was released worldwide in October 1982 and became a Top 10 hit in the UK Singles Chart, peaking at #9 in December 1982.

Since these early days in his career, Andy Wickett has come to be known as one of the finest performers and songwriters in the Midlands, having gone on to also front The Xpertz and World Service. Apart from playing arenas and venues around the world, Andy has also produced videos for and co-written albums with world renowned artists such as Nusrat Ali Fateh Khan, Malkit Singh, Stereo Nation, Taz and DCS. Over the years, he’s supported The Clash, U2, Culture Club, Burning Spear, Orange Juice, in addition to opening on UK tours with Duran Duran and Gregory Isaacs.

Andy Wickett & World Service have also just released a full-length album ‘Creatures of Love’ digitally via Cleopatra Records, which will be officially released on CD on March 9, 2017 on that same label.

The ‘Girls on Film 1979 Demo’ EP is available digitally and on CD, as well as on stunning red and clear colored vinyl at https://durandurangirlsonfilm.bandcamp.com/album/girls-on-film-1979-demo
CREDITS
Andy Wickett (vocals, piano, lyrics)
John Taylor (guitars)
Roger Taylor (drums)
Nick Rhodes (keyboards)

TRACK LIST

1. See Me, Repeat Me (feat. Andy Wickett)  03:54
2. Reincarnation (feat. Andy Wickett)  02:56
3. Girls on Film (feat. Andy Wickett) [Demo Version]  03:02
4. Working the Steel (feat. Andy Wickett)  03:23

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Posted by on January 14, 2018 in New Wave / Dark Wave

 

LUCKYandLOVE – Lucky + Love LP (SRD Music 30 June 2017)

L.A.’s Synth-sexy LUCKYandLOVE Announce Debut LP, Preview Single ‘Digging in the Earth’ 

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Los Angeles-based duo LUCKYandLOVE have announced they will release their debut album ‘Lucky + Love’ on June 30. The lead single is ‘Digging in the Earth’, the video for which was directed and edited by cinemaphotographer and animator Steve Barron.
These 8 electrified tracks were written when bandmates Loren Luck (drums, synths) and April Love (vocals, keyboards, guitar) were living next to a noisy construction site in Glendale, California. Here they successfully incorporate synth-heavy bass with polyphonic harmonies and crystalline vocals, propelling the music into trance-inducing territory.

Inspired by artists such as New Order, OMD, Depeche Mode, Washed Out, Tycho, PJ Harvey and Cocteau Twins, their sound falls beautifully into an everyman’s land between electro rock, dream pop, electronica and synth gaze. Justifiably also described as electrowave or indietronica, this music has, in the words of Loren Luck, “lots of LFO, riveting arpeggiations, simultaneous solos via spacey square waves, with April’s smoky vocals”.

This record is an electronic music record, but comes from a more traditional place, where OMD or Kraftwork came from – one of an unsampled, unprogrammed live recording originally at 192kHz/24-bit quality.

“Musically, as much attention was paid sonically to the organic moog instruments as April’s voice, and we offered the analog synths space in the songs to breathe to their true dynamic potential,” says Loren Luck.

This album came to light through recordings at Eagle Rock’s Cave Studio with Josiah Mazzaschi (Light FM), sessions with sound editor Morgen Stary, and Comp-ny Studio with Grammy winner Be Hussey (Guides). The vinyl release was mastered by Kevin Gray, who most recently engineered the reissue of Vangelis’s Blade Runner.

“My hope is that inviting this record into their life gives listeners some strange rose colored glasses to hear through. The lyrics touch many facets of an abstract philosophy of life – from a spark of physical chemistry between two people in a physical room (Sexy) to the intergalactic forces that spark subtle changes in our entire existence (Taureon), to the gratitude of an unobstructed blue sky (Legal Love), and disdain for a future that pulls us further away from each other (Mars),” explains April Love.

Originally from Silver Lake, California, the band formed in 2014, their name inspired by The Good Luck bar where the two had met in 2006. Several mai tai’s later, Loren started a music label and began playing drums for April’s original band. The two later rented out a warehouse in downtown Los Angeles, built a personal skate ramp, screen printed glow-in-the-dark wedding posters, and launched www.luckyandlove.com. Graphic designers by day, they decided to trade in ball-and-chain laptops forever in favor of playing dirty lo-fi electronica.

LUCKYandLOVE currently write and record in their music studio in Echo Park, California. The band is looking forward to recording new tracks with producer John Fryer (This Mortal Coil, Nine Inch Nails, Cocteau Twins, Love and Rockets, His Name is Alive) with plans to drop more singles later in 2017.

Slated for release on June 30, 2017 and with support globally from Southern Record Distributors, this album is being issued digitally and on vinyl, to be available from a record store near you.
TRACKLIST
1  Sexy
2  Venus
3  Mars
4  You’ll Never Know
5  Digging In The Earth
6  Legal Love
7  Taureon
8  Full Moon

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Posted by on May 28, 2017 in New Wave / Dark Wave

 

INHALT – Part Time Punks Sessions (Cleopatra Records 14 April 2017)

Dark electronic trio INHALT announce ‘Part Time Punks Sessions’, unveil first single ‘Walking On Glass’

On April 14, dark electronic / minimal synth outfit INHALT will be releasing their new album ‘Part Time Punks Sessions’ via Cleopatra Records, who are giving a taste of the album by presenting the lead single ‘Walking on Glass’. Hard-driving, up-tempo, and propelled by German vocals, this and the other tracks offered on this release are sleek, chic and cold, formidably capturing the INHALT sound and ethos.

The video for ‘Walking On Glass’ was shot, edited, and directed byDmitry Semenov, one of the main visual collaborators for Recoil (Alan Wilder/ Depeche Mode).
The ‘Part Time Punks Sessions’ LP features the best of the band’s signature synth-driven dark analog pop. This is both a live and a studio album, having been recorded in real time in collaboration with the Part Time Punks radio show in Los Angeles. This is the band’s fourth significant release and final album to be recorded at the band’s homebuilt studio, affectionately called “The Bunker”.
INHALT is German for “content”. This San Francisco-based trio is comprised of Philip Winiger, Matia Simovich, and Steven Campodonico. Winiger, born in Switzerland, visited San Francisco for a year long sabbatical but ended up forming the band with Simovich in 2009. They immediately recognized their mutual philosophy of sonic fidelity and creative integrity, rather than nostalgia.
For some INHALT will already be known, having released their first three releases on notable record labels. Their split 12” with London’s seminal World Unknown Records happened in 2011, followed by their “Vehicle” and “Occupations” EPs for San Francisco’s cult powerhouse Dark Entries Records. These waves of dark energy-filled output firmly established INHALT’s sound. What emerged was a well-defined pop sensibility informed by European Minimalism and a sincere, yet playfully cynical sense of humor. As much Kraftwerk as John Carpenter but with a pronounced drive of Moroder disco, INHALT’s sound has found home in both studious personal listening and the crowded dance floor.

“If we’ve been accused of putting too much time in the production process, PTP Sessions would be our antithesis; Done quickly, direct to multitrack analog tape, in a single take, capturing our live show, as it is, warts and all. We took inspiration from the John Peel sessions of days past, and worked in the spirit of that body of work from the performance, straight to the final mix down,” explains Matia Simovich. “It was a great privilege to be asked to do this by Michael Stock (who runs Part Time Punks), and we delivered something that we feel matches the essence of PTP: raw, honest, and on the border between the past and the present.”
Hot on the heels of the “Simulacra” remix EP for London’s Emotional Especial, INHALT not only ravaged the dance-centric anglo beat (fueled by remixes from heavyweights Timothy J. Fairplay and Black Merlin), but also found themselves in their ideal creative intersection: the road between the lyrical response to a challenging world, a sublime and elegant production technique, and the never ending pulse of the transistor rhythm machine.
On the concert circuit, INHALT have a reputation for bringing a tour de force wall of sound with an energetic stage presence. They have played concerts with peers old and new, including Front 242, Clock DVA, Martial Canterel, and High Functioning Flesh. They’ve condensed this raw concert experience into the John Peel-esque Part Time Punks Sessions, to be made available on April 14, both digitally and on CD, via Cleopatra Records with the vinyl release to follow.
On March 17, INHALT will deliver a specially curated DJ set in Austin atSXSW as part of the event ‘AFS and Holodeck Present: Kwaidan Rescored 2017 SXSW Official’. This event, which takes place at The Hideout Theater beginning at 7pm local time, was organized by Holodeck Records in partnership with the Austin Film Society.

CREDITS

All songs written, sequenced & performed by INHALT.
Recorded in collaboration with Part Time Punks radio show in Los Angeles
Mixed & produced on a Solid State Logic 4000E at Studio A, Different Fur Studios, San Francisco, California by Matia Simovich, Philip Winiger & Steven Campodonico.
Mastered by Paul Lavigne at Contrast Mastering, London England.

Graphic design (logo and packaging) by Leo Merz in Stuttgart, Germany
Video for ‘Walking On Glass’ was shot, edited, and directed by Dmitry Semenov.
Video for ‘Vehicle’ directed by Logan Owlbeemoth, founder of the analog engineering outfit TACHYONS+, using many custom built analog video processors.

TRACK LIST
1. Aphonia
2. Panopticon
3. Black Sun
4. Noise
5. Walking On Glass
6. Programming
7. Vehicle
8. Occupations

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Posted by on March 18, 2017 in New Wave / Dark Wave

 

Electric Floor – Bluedive (Vipchoyo Sound Factory – 6 March 2017)

 Electric Floor Signs to Viphchoyo Sound Factory, Announces New Single

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New wave synth-gaze outfit Electric Floor have announced they will release their forthcoming ‘Fader’ EP in March via the Vipchoyo Sound Factory label. The Italian trio now presents ‘Bluedive’, the first single from this album, which exhibits clear underpinnings from Psychedelic Furs, Echo & The Bunnymen and Modern English and will appeal to fans of Interpol, Kasabian and The Wombats.

“Bluedive is like a surge – it was born during a bad period for us. Initially it was only messy ideas, but we gradually gave it form. The lyrics are suspended between romance and sadness, anger and exhortation,” explains Emanuele Chiarelli. “Just like the other songs, our lyrics in this one are very emotional and tidal.”

This Cosenza-based trio is comprised of Emanuele Chiarelli (vocals/ guitar), Simone Costantino De Luca (programming/ keys), and Fabio Cosentino (bass). Formed in 2009, the band’s concept is based on emotive feelings.
‘Fader’ will be their third album, following up the self-produced albums ‘300’ and ‘Falsità reali’ and singles ‘Your Blue’ and ‘My Bloody G’. On this latest release, the band is geared more towards an electronic sound.
The latest few singles have brought them increased press and radio coverage in numerous countries, but ‘Fader’ will likely see this attention explode due to the virtually melting pot of synthpop, shoegaze, chillwave and electrogaze presented here. “This selection of songs features tracks closely linked to each other with a common denominator in that they dive into our conscience,” explains Emanuele Chiarelli.
Simone Costantino De Luca, who handles programming and keys in Electric Floor, comments: “Everything starts from sound suggestion. Our biggest strength is setting the mood and our lyrics give it meaning. This EP is the result of a dialogue amongst ourselves. Every song on the forthcoming EP was written during the same period and we think this is a dead romantic album, after all.”

The ‘Fader’ EP will be available on CD via Vipchoyo Sound Factory, as well as on digital download and streaming platforms.

CREDITS 

Emanuele Chiarelli – Vocals and Guitar
Simone Costantino De Luca – Programming and Keys
Fabio Cosentino – Bass
Alberto La Riccia – Engineering, recording, mixing, mastering
Piero Nudo – Artwork
Mauro Nigro, N2 Video Productions – Bluedive video production
Recorded and mixed at Echo Mobile Studio
All photos by Debora Chiarelli
Thanks to Vipchoyo Sound Factory Label and our friends Stella Diana

LYRICS

Take your bright blue hearth tonight
And please ask me what I need
I need to walk away
I need to walk away
Now I have no reason
No reason to get back
If you want to run, Run a mile
Take the dream
That you hiding tonight
If you want to run, Run a mile
Too much is not enough
Oh now I can’t be sure of enything
Let me see if it’s so cruel
If I feel so blind
If I feel so blind
You’re gonna tell me when
The daylight will rise
If you want to run, Run a mile
Take the dream
That you’re hiding tonight
If you want to run, Run a mile
Too much is not enough
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Posted by on January 7, 2017 in New Wave / Dark Wave

 

Kommunity FK – Tonight – Live On-Air

Kommunity FK – Tonight – Live On-Air

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Our very dear friends at Kommunity FK will be featured as tonight’s guests at The Witching Hour on RockDefRadio^v^ DEATHROCK PA ^v^.  Patrik of Kommunity FK will be giving a live telephone interview from KFK HQ‘s “Vision & The Voice Studios“, where a special appearance may also be made by KFK’s Sherry Rubber.  The show begins at 10 PM Mountain Time (See below for Air Times via Time Zones).

The Deathrock Radio Spain program will premiere TWO new Kommunity FK tracks from their forthcoming LP, “The Image & The Myth“.  And as always, whenever listening to KFK, Play at maximum volume!

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It’s time again to TOMB into our weekly CEMETERY shindig right here on the SCAREWAVES!!!!!! We have on the SLAB for you this evening SINISTER selections from the likes of many GHOULED artists, as we promise to you for tonight some CRYPT classics, CORPSE Crushers, COFFIN kickers, and some other FIENDISH featurings from some of our newly DEAD!

Don’t forget we honor your FINAL REQUESTS …sometimes….so of CORPSE get ’em in early under that TOMBSTONE so we can DIG them up later! We’ll be sharing some of your HORRID HAPPENINGS, your PHONE CALLS, your FANGMAIL, a GRIM-ERICK or two plus more things HORRID! HANG out with your FANGS out for this WRETCHED radio BLOODCAST…known to you all as Deathrock PA!!

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Posted by on August 14, 2014 in Alternative, Music, New Wave / Dark Wave