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Konqistador and HanHan Team for Darkwave Hip-Hop on "Visaya"

Detroit-based electronic/industrial outfit, Konqistador team with Toronto hip-hopper HanHan for "Visaya", a song that blends darkwave and rap into an incendiary combination.

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Deeper Graves Arrives via 'Open Roads' (album stream)

Chrome Waves, ex-Nachtmystium man Jeff Wilson offers up solo debut, Open Roads, featuring dark and remarkable sounds in tune with Sisters of Mercy and Bauhaus.

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Nathalie Bruno Embraces Isolation on Drift's 'Symbiosis'

Symbiosis shows Nathalie Bruno (Drift.) wiping the mascara, leaving the dance floor, and striking out for solitude, occasionally dragging a few beats with her.

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Electropop's Bizou Blend the Bleak and Beautiful on "Crashing Sky" (premiere)

Bizou features former and current members of Light FM, Smashing Pumpkins and Glaare. New single "Crashing Sky" reflects their penchant for pop and darkwave.

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The 10 Best Electropop Albums of 2019

From bubbly, perky synthpop to the deepest of darkwave, electropop in 2019 reflected the general malaise by forging the brightest of pop to forget the bad times on the one hand, and embracing downtempo textures and moods on the other.

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Boy Harsher Are ​Stealing Back the Club

Boy Harsher are challenging the divide between band and club music. They're revisiting the early 1980s and not to dwell in nostalgia, but to pick up where bands like Cabaret Voltaire left off.

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Tempers Reveal Their 'Private Life'

Private Life, the new album by darkwave duo Tempers, should appeal to both old school and new school synthpop fans.

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Groupthink and Other Painful Reflections on ​Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth

TOPY and Genesis P-Orridge's knowing adoption of cult iconography and organizing principles quickly slid from satiric emulation to full embrace -- and we all went along with it.

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Lingua Ignota's 'CALIGULA' Continues Her Powerful Wailings Against Misogyny

Lingua Ignota's second full-length CALIGULA continues her blend of opera, neoclassical darkwave, and death industrial. She transforms shattering lamentations into empowered declarations against misogyny, while also complicating the dominant narratives of women's trauma.

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Drab Majesty's Darkwave Peaks on 'Modern Mirror'

Still gothy after all these years, darkwave duo Drab Majesty's songwriting is catching up with their impeccable aesthetic on Modern Mirror.

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Turkish Synthpop's Jakuzi Keeps It Gloomy on New Darkwave Album 'Hata Payı'

On Hata Payı, Jakuzi tackles inward shadows: heartbreak, depression, nihilism. It's bleak. It's indulgent. It's good, solid, crowd-pleasing misery, and who doesn't want a hit of that from time to time?

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Esben and the Witch's 'Nowhere' Is a Mesmerizing Musical Experience

Much as their namesake, Esben and the Witch evoke a stunning musical versatility and lyrical fervor. Nowhere is a mesmerizing musical experience enshrining the interplay between the primal and the pristine.

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Blaqk Audio Blends '80s Electropop with Modern Sounds on 'Only Things We Love'

As alternative rock and hip-hop overlap through Soundcloud rappers, Blaqk Audio highlights an alt-rock pivot towards electronic music with Only Things We Love.

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Dead Can Dance Draw on Nietzsche, Pagan Gods, and High Tech to Celebrate Humanity's Relationship with Nature

Dead Can Dance's Dionysus is a unique concept album for the celebrated musical duo, putting all of their ideas into two songs that stretch the course of an entire album.

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The Debut Record of SRSQ Arrives with a Dark '80s Nostalgia

SRSQ channels the essence of ethereal darkwave with post-punk variation and experimentation, fueled by her impressive vocal range to produce Unreality.

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Coliseum's Ryan Patterson Re-invents Himself As Fotocrime for the Synth-Heavy 'Principle of Pain'

Fotocrime's Principle of Pain is a synth-heavy post-punk album with elements of goth-rock and darkwave that shows a whole new side to Ryan Patterson as an artist.

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The Enduring Power of Darkwave: An Interview with Dave Cantrell

The genre that never dies brings its support to Planned Parenthood via a smashing new compilation.

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Zola Jesus Finds Gems on the Cutting Room Floor with 'Okovi: Additions'

Okovi: Additions rounds up material as a companion to Zola Jesus' brilliant 2017 album proving just how fruitful the Okovi sessions were.

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VOWWS Updates James Bond-Style Spy Music with "Esseff" (premiere)

New single from dark duo VOWWS conjures classic James Bond scores while avoiding all the stuff we've all heard before.

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Tart - "Toothache" (video) (premiere) + Tour Dates

Detroit duo shifts their paradigm with addition of former Von Bondies drummer.

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Siamese - "White Jacket" (video) (premiere) (interview)

Detroit darkwave, post-punk quartet Siamese release atmospheric video ahead of debut EP.

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RxGF: Any Other Way

There's an innovative sound happening here, with many tracks sounding like they came from the soundtrack of some dystopian sci-fi world or even just the dark Orwellian future that’s currently on Earth’s horizon right here in 2015.

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The Casket Girls: True Love Kills the Fairy Tale

You know how every John Hughes soundtrack has that one left-field New Wave song in the middle of the latter half? The Casket Girls turned that song into an album.

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Dum Dum Girls: Too True

Dum Dum Girls’ latest set of retro-rock is heavy on the formula, but who cares when the formula’s this good?

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Keep Shelly in Athens: At Home

Inconsistent in tone and patchworked together from what appears to be two distinctly different EPs,At Home highlights both a stylistic identity crisis and the limitations of the chosen vocalist.

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The Birthday Massacre: Pins and Needles

Say you own an apparel store at the mall, one that specializes in selling dark-hued merchandise to disaffected youth. The Birthday Massacre is here to meet your wallpaper-rock needs.

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Love Spirals Downwards: Idylls

Re-releases of Love Spirals Downwards' first two albums emphasizes the pretty, ephemeral nature of the duo's music.

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