Mar 2019 11

Sólveig Matthildur announces sophomore solo album featuring Deb Demure and Some Ember
 
Constantly In Love, the second solo outing from Kælan Mikla keyboardist, vocalist, and producer Sólveig Matthildur will be released on the Artoffact Records imprint on April 19. Drawing on a wide range of influences to create an album that is a beguiling emotional brew of darkwave, spoken word, and electronica, the album follows on the heels of the artist’s European solo tour in late 2018, with the first single “Dystopian Boy” and companion music video released on November 16, 2018; the single features Drab Majesty’s Deb Demure on guitar. Also appearing on the record is post-punk solo artist Some Ember, with the digital version including a bonus remix track by Hante.; Matthildur’s solo debut was Unexplained Miseries & the Acceptance of Sorrow, released independently by the artist in 2017 and reissued the following year by Artoffact.
 

 
Constantly In Love will be released in vinyl, digital, and CD formats, with pre-orders available via Bandcamp; both physical variants include a digital download code, while limited edition T-shirt and album bundles are also available via the Artoffact webstore. A release party for Constantly In Love will be taking place from April 25-27 at Sónar Reykjavik in Iceland.
 

 

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Mar 2019 11

Toronto AFTERMATH festival announces inaugural event
 
AFTERMATH I, a post-apocalyptic music festival and “end of the world costume party,” makes its debut on March 29 at Toronto’s Velvet Underground. The inaugural event features Metropolis Records act A Primitive Evolution as the headliner, with support performances by local dark underground bands Hot Lips, SQUID LID, Phantom High, and Dirty Wizardz [..]

Mar 2019 08

CrackDown releases new EP mastered by Justin Bennett
 
Danish electro duo CrackDown has released a new EP, Time, marking the band’s fifth release since its formation in January of 2015. Blending elements of ’80s inspired synthwave with modern electro/EBM and industrial textures, Kim Holm and Lasse Mønsted have crafted a diverse sound, the pair explaining the EP’s themes, “Time is like death because life is a threat. [..]

Mar 2019 08

Tor Lundvall to release collection of rare early synthpop material
 
Dark ambient artist Tor Lundvall will be releasing a collection of rarities from his early synthpop material for the first time on vinyl. Rescued from old DAT tapes, A Strangeness In Motion: Early Pop Recordings 1989-1999 includes solo interpretations of his work with Drew Sullivan and tracks originally considered for 1997’s Passing Through Alone, which languished after a planned follow up album was scrapped [..]

Mar 2019 08

VR-Sex, featuring Drab Majesty's Noel Skum, to release demo EP
 
Blending elements of death rock and synth/punk into an audio/visual package, VR-Sex has announced the release of a four-track demo EP, titled Horseplay on March 15. The group is a collaboration of Noel Skum (Andrew Clinco of Drab Majesty), Z. Oro (Aaron N Montaigne of Antioch Arrow, Heroin, DBC), and Mico Frost (Brian Tarney) [..]

Mar 2019 07

Trisomie 21 embarks on first North American tour
 
Having begun a North American tour earlier this month in Mexico City and Canada, pioneering French coldwave act Trisomie 21 will be hitting the United States for the first time in the band’s 36-year-long career. This string of live shows in the U.S.A. begins on March 8 in Brooklyn, NY with supporting acts Public Memory and Korine [..]

Mar 2019 04

Latest video single from Illuminatè Steele shot at Dark Energy Vampire Ball
 
Known for her avant-garde brand of hip-hop infused synthpop, which has earned her the affectionate title of “Vampiric Priestess,” musician/producer Illuminatè Steele has unveiled a new video single, “Anima Animus.” Shot at Dark Energy’s Vampire Ball in Minneapolis, the video is intended as a “dark but poetic love letter exposing the depths of a subculture rarely seen [..]

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