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  • Blind Seagull 'Decade Of Effort' Vinyl LP - White PRE-ORDER

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    Blind Seagull 'Decade Of Effort' Vinyl LP - White PRE-ORDER

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    Release Date: 19/04/2024

    10 Years Anniversary compilation LP. Ten years ago, on 21 April 2014, Russian enclave of the Baltic Kaliningrad-based trio Blind Seagull started off its adventure in the soon to be known as Sovietwave aka Russian post-punk underground.

    Ten years later they have accomplished to release nine full-length albums on all sorts of limited edition formats such as LPs, CDs, tapes with most of them being sold out for years. It was time to bring many of these tracks back to life, picking up the best among them and reissuing for the global post punk/darkwave niche.

    Fifteen cuts previously released by labels like Detriti, Sierpien, Pine Hill through which the band led by Denis Zarubin has shaped its own brand of icy coldwave, one pretty classic and extremely fresh and contemporary at once.

    On top of these we have one more track exclusive to this release which is a eurodance-oriented remix for their minor hit Animals Die in the Scaffolding. Think of a bunch of goth kids screwing around at the local carnival and you'll get the vibe!

    Decade Of Effort is due on April 21, 2024 on white vinyl LP limited to 300 with fairy-tale artwork by the band enhanced by the magical lettering of young Spanish artist Sara Fornés.

    Tracklisting:
    Side A
    1. Connections
    2. Last who cares
    3. Emotional
    4. Winter
    5. Filth
    6. Animals Die in the Scaffolding
    7. Save
    8. Animals Die in the Scaffolding [Trouble Concept Remix]

    Side B
    9. Cold Hands
    10. Train To Tallinn
    11. Nails
    12. Pressure
    13. Ribs
    14. Human Being
    15. Memories
    16. Le dernier rendez-vous
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  • Blind Seagull 'Personal Decay' Vinyl LP

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    Blind Seagull 'Personal Decay' Vinyl LP

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    Blind Seagull 'Personal Decay' Vinyl LP

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    Over the past few years an increasing number of bands hailing from the former USSR have been appearing on the screens and the phones of the so-called Western world's underground music enthusiasts. With most of them being pretty obscure and only a very few ones having established a worldwide following (Motorama, Molčat Doma) the Sovietwave tag has worked usefully enough as a tool to identify a wide range of bands each one with a different sound and yet something in common.

    Whether it be the harsh weather or just the distance creating an exotic effect, there is some icy-cold touch with these bands that immediately makes you know they're from Russia, regardless of the language they perform. This goes for Blind Seagull too.

    The trio from Kaliningrad, a small russian enclave on the Baltic Sea between Poland and Lithuania, has been around since quite a few years now, releasing tapes and limited edition vinyls on labels like Detriti, Sierpen and Pine Hill.

    Finally taking up the challenge of writing a longer full-length (previous albums were seven or eight track long at best), the trio led by Denis Zarubin has created twelve new songs that shine a light on the impressive skills of this young combo to deliver very classic and yet extremely fresh and modern cold post-punk gems.

    Keeping it short and sweet, their twothree minutes long compositions cut right to the chase of the darkwave soul: stomping drum machines, frozen guitar arpeggios, tense bass riffs. The formula is occasionally rocked by the intervention of laser synths, noise raids and gothic chorale, while the industrial pièce of the title-track and the IDM-tinged collaboration with experimental giants Xiu Xiu 'Fear' will show how this band stands out and how their upcoming, new album is the best proof of this.

    RIYL: Clan Of Xymox, Bauhaus, The Danse Society, She Past Away, Soviet Soviet.

    Tracklisting:
    Side A
    1. In The Open Field
    2. Carpenter
    3. Passing By
    4. Asphyxia
    5. Nothing To Feel
    6. How We Communicate

    Side B
    7. Body
    8. Inanity
    9. Stray
    10. Fear (feat. Xiu Xiu)
    11. Stars Tonight
    12. Personal Decay (A A U U)
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  • Buzz Kull 'Fascination' Vinyl LP

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    Buzz Kull 'Fascination' Vinyl LP

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    The Australian master of the dark synth arts is back and - boy - he is out for blood. We've been missing Marc Dwyer solo project Buzz Kull since his latest single Last In The Club from late 2019 and since back then we knew he was up to something.

    At first glimpse, the minimal wave days of We Were Lovers seem far away now that Marc has gone full Club Body Music with his upcoming new album, but there is a thread that binds Buzz Kull hits from the past such as Into The Void, Avoiding The Light and New Kind Of Cross with these ten new cuts: a thread of darkness proper to the most handsome man in the game and that’s here to stay.

    Echoes of 90’s era Front 242 and Front Line Assembly will resonate from tracks like Fascination and Dead Inside; elements of early body music flirting with the dark side of British synthpop will rave from the grooves of Dancing with Machines and Man on the Beat, while late 80’s Belgian new beat cellar-like vibes rise from Do You See and Burn it to the Ground.

    But Buzz Kull's third full-length is not just about music subgenres we all know and love, it’s about a feeling that comes alive only with the dark and drives you through the small hours just to leave you drained and filled at once.

    The creature of the night is on the loose, the sticky dancefloor its natural habitat, its lust for the upside-down world of the club can't be cured.

    Tracklisting:
    Side A
    1. Rise From Your Grave
    2. Do You See
    3. Last In The Club
    4. Man On The Beat

    Side B
    5. Beyond The Ceiling
    6. Fascination
    7. Dead Inside
    8. Dancing With Machines
    9. Burn It To The Ground
    10. Heaven Will Find Me
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  • CONTREPOISON 'Until Next Morning' - Cargo Records UK

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    CONTREPOISON 'Until Next Morning' Vinyl 12"

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    Deep, somber vocals filled with sorrow and anger cap it all. 45 rpm 12" vinyl + insert. A press of 500.

    Contrepoison is the brand new solo project by Pierre-Marc Tremblay, young Canadian musician who’s been also involved in other extreme bands in the last years.

    First step has been the self-released demo tape …Until Next Morning followed by the double-cassette compilation Around the Dragon's Broken Neck Hangs the Medal of St. Lazarus on Hospital Productions, both sold out damn soon.

    So now it is time for a proper vinyl release and here we go: the 45 rpm 12” press of …Until Next Morning.

    As you may already know Contrepoison is the French meaning of the word "antidote" and Contrepoison can be seen as an antidote for love.

    This 4-track EP shows the darkest and most anguished side of the human feeling, where drum machines sound like heartbeats and synthesizers are as liquid as tears.

    Tracklisting:
    Side A:
    1. Until Next Morning
    2. The Snake has Bitten Its Tail

    Side B:
    3. Heartbeat
    4. To Never, Forever
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  • Crush Of Souls '(A)Void Love' Vinyl LP - Smoke

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    Crush Of Souls '(A)Void Love' Vinyl LP - Smoke

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    Available on smoked vinyl LP limited to 300.

    Legendary 2010's indie band Crocodiles' guitarist Charles Rowell's new synthpop-meets-gothic rock project. Think Nick Cave crooning over Martin Rev's minimal electronics or The Lords of the New Church-era Stiv Bators jamming with Wayne Hussey and Tony Wakeford. After relocating from New York to France, Charles Rowell began stuffing his suitcase with various synths and samplers while taking cheap bus rides to bordering countries.

    While living out of a hotel in north east Paris, he played his demos for Third Coming Records who quickly released the Bad Trip EP in 2020. Concerts became more frequent after the pandemic, with the release of Spellwound and a few have become infamous with guitars smashed to pieces, broken glasses, unruly audience front flipping onto the stage. With Paris providing the background and a scene of friends such as avant-garde drag artist Tuna Mess and industrial techno veteran Poison Point who pushed his creativity even further, Crush Of Souls constant spirit is that it remains unpredictable and thrives on collaboration.

    This is even more true with his upcoming album (A)Void Love. Written over a period of intense insomnia that coincided with a run of shows playing guitar for Australian legend Harry Howard, Crush Of Soul’s main man Charles Rowell finally found rest after writing and recording the last song entitled World of Fear. Six months prior he had quit his job as a chef, traveled east to Prague for inspiration and returned ragged and sleepless. Rowell’s insistence on keeping the instrumentation simple and clean came from an arduous two years of literal blood, sweat and tears.

    Every bit of drama, eastern excursion and sleep psychosis can be found within the walls of (A)Void Love. Acoustic guitars and dramatic synths provide a cold wilderness for the various rhythms to inhabit; touches of minimal electronics, cold wave and synth pop can be found while the song writing remains classic for lovers of Echo & the Bunnymen and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

    There’s always been a thread of synth-punk, death rock and DIY noise running through all of Charles’ projects (Crocodiles, ISSUE, Flowers of Evil), however Crush Of Souls pushes harder and further into the darkness with the new album '(A)Void Love'.

    Tracklisting:
    Side A
    1. Unloved
    2. The Gift
    3. World Of Fear
    4. Lie(Be)
    5. Youth In Smoke

    Side B
    6. Reaper John
    7. Who Will Silence The Pigs
    8. Zone
    9. Statues Fall For Love
    10. Servant

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  • Dancing Plague 'Elogium'

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    Dancing Plague 'Elogium'

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    Portland based act Dancing Plague has been a steady presence in the dark/cold electronic music scene for quite a few years now. Since 2016 Conor Knowles’ solo project has been putting out one constant flow of independent releases on multiple formats such as vinyl LPs, EPs, tapes and CDs, creating one sonic palette rich with Ebm, goth, industrial and synth influences.

    On their 5th studio album, Dancing Plague continues to flesh out and perfect their unique brand of crushing darkwave. Elogium explores themes of loss, regret, rebirth and growth coupled with throbbing basslines, rave synths, and pounding drums.

    Knowles balances aggressive waves of electronics with enough pop sensibilities and catchy hooks to be inviting to those new to the genre. His skills can be clearly appreciated on tracks like the first single Fading Forms which explores the somber feeling of the years passing you by.

    Knowles’ emotive baritone crooning paints a melancholic picture of the slow fading of time as you feel like you’re fading with it. The words fall like snow onto cold fields of pulsing 80s synths and pounding drum machine rhythms that bring forth nostalgic familiarity but feel fresh at the same time.

    Fans of classic icons such as Depeche Mode, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails as well as contemporary torchbearers Cold Cave and Kontravoid do not sleep on this.

    Plenty of disturbing beauty to be found in the depths of the underground.

    Tracklisting:
    1. Dreamless
    2. Fading Forms
    3. Shadow Self
    4. Rot With Me
    5. Elogium
    6. Suffer the Senses
    7. Cold Fire
    8. Echoes of the Void
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  • DELUXXE 'If You Were Me'

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    DELUXXE 'If You Were Me'

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    New, second press on White Vinyl limited to 300. Comes with lyrics insert.

    Deluxxe is a new post punk/new wave band from Buffalo, NY.

    It was formed by Mason and Greg, and later completed with Nick, Bailey and Mackenzie, sharing members of Oi and hardcore bands such as Violent Way, Bad Blood and Exhibition.

    Their punk background can be heard in the music, but it’s the love for new wave, post punk, darkwave, and goth that led to creation of their debut record "If You Were Me”.
    Written in the cold winters of Buffalo, you can almost feel the harshness of the weather affecting the sounds that propagate from these grooves. Icy and frostbitten but somehow still relevantly civic and urban.

    The Chameleons and The Sound are two main references here, but that whole cold dimension is rocked by a strong pop vein reminiscent of After The Snow-era Modern English and occasionally enhanced by an hoarseness typical of a young Paul Weller. Passionate lyricism proper of Echo And The Bunnymen and hopeless romanticism à la Sad Lovers And Giants get balanced by a sharp songwriting which keeps everything in perfect order, giving you exactly what you need, nothing more and nothing less.
    You can tell some skinheads are involved here because the outcome is so tidy and neat, without losing one inch of atmosphere or enchantment.

    If you are wondering how something that was invented forty years ago can still sound, literally, fresh and cool, look no further because what this band delivers lives just up to its name.

    "If You Were Me” is out September 22 on black vinyl LP limited to 300.

    Tracklisting:
    Side A
    1. Waiting For a Sign
    2. Queen of Hearts
    3. In Another Place
    4. Moving On

    Side B
    5. Sweet With Sin
    6. Phantom Figure
    7. Common Ground
    8. Lightning in a Bottle
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  • Father Murphy 'A Requiem For Father Murphy' Vinyl 2xLP

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    Father Murphy 'A Requiem For Father Murphy' Vinyl 2xLP

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    A Requiem For Father Murphy is the latest and final offering from the iconic Italian occult duo, Father Murphy. Composed in the classical Requiem format, Rising follows the "Trilogy of the Cross", a series of records that recounts the journey of the fictional character Father Murphy, and subsequently the band itself.

    The album was mixed and mastered by long-time collaborator Gregory Saunier (Deerhoof), who is instrumental in helping craft Father Murphy's sonic descent over the years.

    With Rising, the legend of Father Murphy reaches its culmination. Having gone from religious fanatic, to heretic priest, and ultimately concealing to his final fate on the cross, Rising is the moment Father Murphy finally meets his death. Taking the form of a requiem, Rising will be the final album from Father Murphy.

    It brings an end to a journey into faith; one longing for salvation and embracing failure. Across the Italian occult duo's 2015 Trilogy of the Cross'(the Calvary cassingle, Croce LP, and Lamentations EP) Father Murphy's sound reached down into grave new depths, more inspired than ever by music from their Catholic heritage. They've long been integrating a wider variety of field recordings, empty space, drones, and sonic processes alongside their core elements of pounding percussion, ecclesiastical organs, gnarled guitars, and ritualistic chanting.

    Again working with longtime mixer/masterer Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Rising takes the group's music into new territory. The format of a requiem mass for the dead'in this case for the late Father Murphy himself'brings with it all manner of traditional structural codes, musical reprises, and lyrical rhyming schemes.

    Certain moments see the music adhere far more closely to requia traditions, including the grander sounds of timpani or trombone, and following the metres and rhyme schemes borrowed from traditional texts.

    The words themselves have all been rewritten for Father Murphy's requiem however, disengaging from their standardized religious message. The lyrics across Rising are far longer and more complex than the shorter chants and verse that made up previous albums, while the variety and sheer detail of sounds used by the duo has never before been wider or more daring.

    With Rising: A Requiem for Father Murphy, the project reaches its zenith.

    Tracklisting:
    Side A:
    1. Introit
    2. Kyrie Eleison
    3. Gradual

    Side B:
    4. Tract
    5. Sequence

    Side C:
    6. Offertory
    7. Sanctus
    8. Agnus Dei
    9. Communion
    10. Pie Jesu

    Side D:
    11. In Paradisum
    12 . Libera Me
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  • Hand Of Dust 'Walk in White' - Cargo Records UK

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    Hand Of Dust is a trio from Copenhagen. They somehow belong the Posh Isolation brood but they play a personal variation of dark rock music with roots in folk and with a lot of focus on songwriting and lyrics.

    Originally formed in order to play the acoustic songs of singer Bo Høyer Hansen as an electric setting, it quickly grew into a band. In September 2012 the band released a demo tape and in January 2014 they put out a 7" EP on NY label Blind Prophet called "Without Grace Or Glory".

    Recently Hand Of Dust reentered the studio and recorded two songs. Speaking of this upcoming 7' single, Danish webzine VORTEXAS says "I remember seeing them playing one of their first concerts: I nudged the guy next to me and exlaimed 'They got like a neo-folk thing going, but electric, don't they?' to which he answered: 'Nah, they're more like Dead Moon.' In a way I hear both". With some good ol' Gun Club vibe, we might add.

    For now you may enjoy these two new tunes: not many bands these days can create such a personal sound when it comes to dark folk/rock music. One time pressing of 500. Comes with insert.

    Tracklisting:
    Side A:
    Walk In White

    Side B:
    A Sight For The Living
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  • House Of Harm 'Playground'

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    House Of Harm 'Playground'

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    House of Harm are proud to announce the forthcoming release of their new album Playground, out December 1st, 2023.

    The new record builds and expands upon the three-piece’s enthralling shadow-pop sound, a mix of midnight atmospherics, 90s era jangle pop, and contagious synth drenched hooks that further elevate the transcendent vocals of lead singer Michael Rocheford.

    Rounded out by Cooper Leardi (guitar / synths) and Tyler Kershaw (guitar / synth), House of Harm have amassed an impressive following as something of a best kept secret among their growing fanbase, leading to sold out shows on both coasts by the power of word of mouth alone.

    The band members have been drawn to music for as long as any of them can remember, and the drive to be around like-minded artists and make their own noise drew them all to Boston after high school. There they all quickly enmeshed themselves, playing in other bands before meeting each other. Ever since, House of Harm have been quietly making a name for themselves among music fans with darker pop persuasions via a steady stream of releases in single, ep and album form.

    That attention to detail and workmanlike approach at the expense of chasing instant gratification seems to be paying dividends after years of steady effort.
    The journey of their new album Playground saw House of Harm stay true to that ethos.

    The band painstakingly narrowed the record down to an efficient 10 tracks that they felt made the most sense, both standing on their own as well as fitting into an LP that built a cohesive world for the listener to get lost in. The album’s name also reflects the experimentation and happy accidents that came about during the writing and recording process.

    On “The Face of Grace” they set out to explore different dynamics by writing a song entirely without drums, but couldn't help themselves from putting emphasis on the song’s 6/8 waltz time signature. “Two Kinds” is another first for House Of Harm in that it’s predominantly driven by acoustic guitar.

    That aforementioned vulnerability shows up in other areas of the songwriting process as well with “Two Kinds”, one of their most revealing songs to date from a lyrical standpoint, written from a place of reflection and weakness and tackling feelings uneasy to be put on display for public consumption.

    Taken as a whole, the end result is an album representing a collection of the band’s most raw and expressive songs yet.

    Tracklisting:
    Side A
    1. Before The Line
    2. To Last
    3. Roseglass
    4. The Face Of Grace
    5. Soaked In Pastel

    Side B
    6. Two Kinds
    7. Endlessly
    8. Ignore The Taste
    9. Moving On
    10. Place It Back

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  • House Of Harm 'Vicious Pastimes' Vinyl LP - Rosé PRE-ORDER

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    House Of Harm 'Vicious Pastimes' Vinyl LP - Rosé PRE-ORDER

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    Release Date: 12/07/2024

    Boston is not exactly worldwide known for its coldwave or synth pop artists. Most of us know the Capital of Massachusetts because of its hardcore legacy that still continues today. And yet, just like flowers in a rugged land, here comes House Of Harm, a post-punk trio whose new approach to the genre was showcased on their two tape EPs, earning them a cult international following as well as an imposing line up of supporting gigs opening for Editors, She Past Away, Lust For Youth, and The Cure's Reeves Gabrels.

    Nine songs where timeless melodies of Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me-era Cure perfectly match French coldwave moodiness, enhanced by Cocteau Twins ethereal airiness and Creation Records seminal shoegaze sounds. Just enough light reaches House Of Harm's base layer, giving life to infectious hooks and unforgettable mantras. The gritted core of every song makes expansive moments of release cathartic, always tethered by commanding drums.

    Check out the very first single they wrote Isolator and its melancholic synth pop refrain, or Against The Night whose darkwave is as claustrophobic as One Hundred Years. Catch sounds almost like a Sarah Records hit, while the title-track hurls us back into the bleak realms of the Sisterhood.

    Different influences but everything is just in its place simply because House Of Harm are the rare band where you can feel every individual member's devotion to each song's world.

    RIYL: The Cure, Depeche Mode, A Flock Of Seagulls, For Against, Drab Majesty.

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  • HØRD 'Sciences'

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    HØRD 'Sciences'

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    Two years after his previous Bodies LP, French synth solo project Hørd is back with a new full-length.

    Started in 2014, producer Sebastien Carl has proven himself to be able to gather a cult fan-base around his creation, collaborating with artists as Hante, Winter Severity Index and Radical G, remixing goth legends Clan Of Xymox and performing live in most European countries.

    Debuted by Giallo Disco in 2016, two records on Avant! have followed until this upcoming fourth album. While the music keeps on flirting with darkwave aesthetic in a forward- thinking way, the sound is now clearer than ever. Elements of EBM, shoegaze and techno are reflected through arctic synth pads, ghostly reverbs and urban spleen-filled lyrics to create haunting soundscapes, but Sciences also features beat-driven lead singles that twirl space synths and rounded kicks all over the place like never before.

    Enhanced by the great mixing and mastering job done by scene-guiding light producer Maurizio Baggio, you’ll find balearic arpeggios and clangorous trance crescendo on Arrows, italo suggestions over groovy acid house beats on Ice, while mid-tempo synthwave marches menacingly on Turn and vibrates deeply on Fires.

    Typical nebulous atmospheres are now less blurry and more on point without losing a single bit of enchantingness, marking a major step-up in Hørd discography.

    Tracklisting:
    Side A
    1. Arrows
    2. Ice
    3. Blood
    4. Turn

    Side B
    5. Challenger One
    6. London
    7. Fires
    8. Bridges
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  • Lust For Youth 'Growing Seeds' - Cargo Records UK

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    You might know Sweden's electronic act Lust For Youth thanks to their Solar Flare debut album we released just one year ago.

    Today, after the defection of the early female member Amanda, Hannes Norrvide is back solo and born again. To celebrate the new season, the filthy patina that used to cloak the band's previous recordings has gone to leave room to clearer sounds which allow the different sides of the project to come to life.

    That's how, on Growing Seeds, you'll find synth-pop hymns (Behind Curtains) along with noisy industrial tracks (We Planted a Seed) and powerful EBM beats (Cover Their Faces).

    Ten songs to give new life to one of Europe's most interesting synth/wave bands. Comes on 33rpm black vinyl with insert.

    Tracklisting:
    Side A:
    1. Behind Curtains
    2. It's You
    3. We Planted A Seed
    4. Champagne
    5. La Rouge

    Side B:
    1. Cover Their Faces
    2. Always Changing
    3. Modern Life
    4. We Got Lust
    5. Neon Lights Appear
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  • M!R!M! 'Time Traitor'

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    Two years and one pandemic after his previous release, the Italian, London-based solo project M!R!M is back with a new full- length album. Inspired by the synth pop classics, as well as from cold and dark waves, multi-instrumentalist Jack Milwaukee has been releasing material on labels such as Fabrika and Manic Depression until his first record on Avant!

    ''The Visionary'' back in 2020. On April 22 his fourth LP ''Time Traitor'' will be released and we’re excited to say this is Milwaukee’s most personal job to date. If you are familiar with his work, you know the DIY/lo-fi approach of his first recordings was already gone with his previous LP but these new ten recordings dig even deeper, drawing the outlines of a fantasy world lost within the foggy memories of a collective childhood.

    Possibly locked in his bedroom for the necessary time, Milwaukee has been able to recreate an imaginative realm of 80’s FM suggestions, scattering a number of acoustic clues from different parts of this parallel, yet so familiar dimension. It’s almost like M!R!M is sending us a message in a bottle with each of these new tracks and each message tells a different story.

    Post Fight has a punchy pop-punk riff drove by solid synthwave beats, Faultless Pitch hosts a mellow, funky bass line over a solemn drum gate, Desert Love screams italo like nothing else and it was indeed composed four-handed with fellow artists Nuovo Testamento, Say Nothing features SDH singer Andrea Pérez’s backing vocals to invoke a dream-like scenario.

    There is even a Turquoise Days' Grey Skies cover that is just one more perfect example of Milwaukee's ability to take a single item from the suitcase of the past and make it extremely current in a handful of minutes.

    All this is adorned by semi-instrumental postcards with suggestive names such as Moody Moon, Peninsula and Goodnight Galaxie that will guide you through this journey across M!R!M sound-&-memory experience.

    Black vinyl LP edition limited to 500. Comes in a printed inner sleeve with lyrics.

    RIYL: Tears For Fears, Pet Shop Boys, Righeira, John Maus, Black Marble.
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  • Male Tears 'Krypt'

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    Here comes something unapologetically goth. Male Tears is the dark electro group consisting of vocalist, James Edward and synthesist, Frank Shark. Hailing from Los Angeles, what began as a solo project re-established itself as a duo in 2021, simultaneously moving from the breezy sounds of the first self-titled album to darker realms with their sophomore Trauma Club.

    Krypt is their third full-length recording and it shows a fully grown ensemble capable of pushing everything over the top; blending elements of darkwave, goth rock, EBM and futurepop into a sound they call Dark Rave.

    Naturally drawing inspiration from the Californian goth tradition (45 Grave, Christian Death) and the Canadian post-industrial brood (Skinny Puppy, FLA), as well as the best UK synthpop (Depeche Mode, The Human League), Male Tears emphasizes the most glamourous, and at once, gruesome aspects of the whole gothic subculture, bringing everything to the next level, resulting in a contemporary and cutting edge album.

    Eight new cuts that alternate rarefied synthwave (Krypt), dark eurodance (Slay) with goth techno-pop (Sleep 4Ever) and pounding electro-industrial (I Expire) to create something we may call New Romantic Body Music. It's no wonder we wanted the scene’s top studio, La Distilleria, run by Maurizio Baggio, to master this for the most bombastic outcome.

    And yet Krypt is not just about the music, it’s about one up with the times attitude that can review aggressive EBM in the light of an extravagant pop sensibility and a theatrical grandeur worthy of the Blitz Kids from London circa 1979-80. 

    You may think it takes quite a bit of nonchalance to do so but the L.A. duo easily succeeds at this. Akin to their aesthetics, they may seem spooky from the outside but their approach is nothing stuffy. Quite the contrary, everything regarding Male Tears is a celebration of life’s most bizzare shades, driven by some of the best dark humor you’ll find around. So Dance with me, my dear, on a dancefloor of bones and skulls / The music is our master The devil controls our souls.

    Tracklisting:
    1. Krypt
    2. Sleep 4ever
    3. Domin8
    4. I Expire
    5. Deal3r 
    6. Never Again
    7. Jaded
    8. Slay
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    Release Date: 12/07/2024

    One mere year after their previous pitch-black sounding album Krypt, LA outfit Male Tears is back with a new full-length and – oh boy – everything is changed.
    The used-to-be duo is now a four piece with James Edward as the sole founding member remaining and apparently this new line-up helped the original vocalist to shapeshift again.

    Remember their very first debut album from 2021 and those dark synthpop sounds?
    With their upcoming fourth album (in only three years), this American electronic-pop act from Southern California doubles the stakes once again and where Krypt was all about being goth and gloomy and disturbingly paroxysmal, Paradisco is somehow quite the opposite.

    Eight new tracks of pure italo disco, hi-NRG and freestyle bliss that pick up where the band left off three years ago to pursue much darker realms. Now that the quest for darkness is done, it is time to polish our nails and dress up for the night-out cause there's more in life than feeling sorry for yourself. Yes you will need to cut out the deadwood but there is no change in stillness.

    So join Male Tears and their new arsenal of bangers and floor fillers with assertive titles such as Out of my Life, Regret 4 Nothing and Leave it Alone.

    Get yourself wrapped up in one warm cover of delicate nostalgia and reborn romanticism, driven by sounds that  pay homage equally to Miko Mission and Ken Laszlo, Lisa Lisa and Exposé and, well yeah, even The Smiths because say what you wanna say but you simply cannot not love The Smiths.

    Embrace the vintage vibes that organically propagate from this new record's grooves and get in the mood for this new course in full-on 1980's Pop.

    Tracklisting:
    1. Talk to Me
    2. Leave it Alone (feat. Corlyx)
    3. Sex on Drugs
    4. Out of my Life
    5. Where Is It?
    6. He Wants Everything
    7. Regret 4 Nothing
    8. This Party Ends in Tears (feat. Digital Love)
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  • Nuovo Testamento 'New Earth' Vinyl LP - Blue

    Avant! Records

    Nuovo Testamento 'New Earth' Vinyl LP - Blue

    £21.99

    NEW EDITION ON CURACAO BLUE VINYL.

    Nuovo Testamento is the Los Angeles & Bologna-based trio featuring members of Horror Vacui, Sheer Mag, Tørsö, Terremoto and Crimson Scarlet. With the addition of Chelsey Crowley on vocals, synthesists Andrea Mantione & Giacomo Zatti found that their initial coldwave tracks, originally written for the male voice, took on an undeniable synthpop feel.

    While still recording these songs for the debut Exposure EP in 2019, the band leaned into this evolution and their shared love of Italo disco, beginning to write what would become the New Earth LP.

    Recorded in isolation during a global pandemic, New Earth is a dark Italo record dappled with light. For eight new tracks, dancing synths perfectly balance the rich dream of a charmed life with melancholy.

    Guitars have taken a step back, allowing disco beats to flood the floor and joyful fun to prevail. The record anticipates a return to dance spaces, imagines shared experiences and celebrates personal power.

    Produced by sound engineer Maurizio Baggio (The Soft Moon, Boy Harsher and many more), with vocal recording by Riki and featuring guest vocals from B. Sven Gustavson (Spectres, Nouveaux), New Earth reflects international influences from the goth club scene to Hi-NRG classics, reminiscent of Italian Baby Records, Mute Records and the spaces in between. 

    RIYL: Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, Human League, Gazebo, Eighth Wonder

    Tracklisting:
    Side A
    1. Michelle Michelle
    2. The Searcher
    3. Electricity
    4. Golden Boy

    Side B
    5. Vanity
    6. Prayers
    7. New Earth
    8. Intuition
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  • Plastic Estate 'Plastic Estate' Vinyl LP

    Avant! Records

    Plastic Estate 'Plastic Estate' Vinyl LP

    £21.99

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    Avant! Records

    Plastic Estate 'Plastic Estate' Vinyl LP

    £21.99

    Slightly more than one year has passed since we debuted the Cardiff-based duo Plastic Estate’s first single This Place and we all know what happened meanwhile. But if you thought the global pandemic discouraged the Welsh boys from pursuing their research for an evolution of pop music from the past, think again.

    Quite on the contrary, it seems that these past months of forced isolation and necessary restrictions only empowered the ability of the band led by Nicholas James and Stanley Fouracres to compose great songs perfectly in balance between dark, melancholia and happier, brighter feelings. Or maybe their love for the best UK new wave and pop artists such as Dave Gahan, Ian McCulloch, Bryan Ferry is just too tough to die.

    However that may be, Plastic Estate have masterfully used this year to write their first full-length album and we at Avant! couldn't be happier to bring it to you on 4 February 2022.

    Ten new songs that shine a light on the duo's impressive skills to juggle between the heritage of lost golden era and the pressing presence of the here and now, as well as electronic dance elements and acoustic instruments, ending up sounding classic and contemporary at once. Not an easy task, if you ask me. Check out Out of Reach and its crystal-clear synth-pop radiance, or one whirlwind dancefloor filler such as There Must Be More Than This, juxtaposed with the romantic intimacy of Berlin or Divinely Impaired’s elegant sombreness.

    Dive into the imaginary mémoires of a Sophisti-pop era with Antique Days and then resurface nowadays with the hypnagogic club notes of The Difference. We can even feel some Stone Roses-like vibe in the album’s last track Change Your Mind but maybe it’s just us. What’s for sure is that if you liked their 7-inch single you will love their album. If you don't know this group yet but you righteously adore the artists above, do yourself a favour and take a good listen now and you will not be disappointed. Not in the least, as it is this rare to stand in the exact spot where you have a full view of the days behind you and the complete control of the moment you are in.

    RIYL: New Order, Roxy Music, The Blue Nile, Future Islands, Lust For Youth

    Tracklisting:
    Side A
    1. Open
    2. Out of Reach
    3. Divinely Impaired
    4. Antique Days
    5 When You're Gone

    Side B
    6. There Must Be More Than This
    7. Sins
    8. The Difference
    9. Berlin
    10. Change Your Mind
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