Jac Berrocal, David Fenech and Vincent Epplay return to Blackest Ever Black (Carla Dal Forno, John T. Gast) with the follow-up to their 2015 LP Antigravity. On 'Ice Exposure' (great title) the trio come up with a sort of Gothic jazz style that is as cold as the record's name. Imagine if The Birthday Party had ever allowed themselves to become untethered from pop song structures and cast off into the deep. Scott Walker's late period also springs to mind.
Dark Pool is the new studio album from Black Rain, the projects first in 18 years. Produced in New York City by Stuart Argabright, Black Rains founder and figurehead, Dark Pool is a work of hard-edged sonic fiction rooted in cyberpunk's quintessential neo-noir cityscape/dataspace but projecting into a farther future of biotechnological advancement and alienation.. Stuart Argabright first landed in New York in 1978. By day, he worked as a landscape gardener for the upscale likes of Rock Hudson and Bob Dylan, while at night involving himself in all manner of subcultural activity - the reverberations of which are still ... + INFO
repress!!! Carla dal Forno, who has previously been active in Tarcar and Mole House, has a thickly melancholy singing style that somewhat recalls Nico. Solo debut You Know What It's Like is an album of highly personal songs, but, because this is out on Blackest Ever Black, it naturally also has a good deal of heavy electronic weight to it. A super-atmospheric record.
Last heard from during Blackest Ever Black's Berlin Years, it's post-punk/wave quartet DiÃ¤t. Two Australians and two Germans are responsible for these negotiations of gnashing despair, whose mood seems only to have declined since 2015's Positive Energy. Nice classic, dismally deeply dreary p-p sound.
Absolutely flattening dub from Young Echo-s Ossia. Well I say dub, Devil-s Dance also brings in elements of techno, industrial and EBM which all adds up to something positively evil. Throw in some violin, sax and vocals and well, you-ve something not like much else. I reckon The Bug's Kevin Martin will like this a lot. On Blackest Ever Black.