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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.

Australian/Iranian dark electronic pop duo VOWWS unleashes its new full-length, Under the World on 2 March via Anti-Language Records. To tide fans over until that the time, the hypnotic, dark-minded outfit has issued the single “Esseff”, a song that is heavy, mysterious, sinister but inviting, brimming with dark sexuality that’ll have you scrambling for your leather jacket and vintage black light before the first chorus.

Of the track, VOWWS offers this: “It’s like James Bond spy music updated for the modern world. We wanted to create a sound that felt like you were being chased by something scary, but enticing like a tornado, or drugs.” They continue, “We embrace menacing intent in our music, but that’s not everything – even the bleakest shit has light in it… so we turn up the contrast and make both sides of the coin shine.

The duo will tour the U.S. this spring with a string of dates in support of Under the World, a collection that follows 2015’s The Great Sun. The new record, the group is quick to point out, distances itself from obvious nods to industrial or post-punk, opting for different gradations of dark matter.


3.19 – 529 – Atlanta, GA

3.20 – Strange Matter – Richmond, VA

3.22 – Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY

3.23 – Meatlocker – Montclair, NJ

3.24 – Geno’s – Portland, ME

3.25 – Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA

3.26 – Cafe Nine – New Haven, CT

3.27 – O’Brien’s – Boston, MA

3.28 – Casa Del Popolo – Montreal

3.29 – Coalition – Toronto

3.30 – Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH *

3.31 – Deluxx Fluxx – Detroit, MI *

4.1 – Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL *

4.3 – Reverb Lounge – Omaha, NE *

4.4 – Hi Dive – Denver, CO *

4.5 – Metro Music Hall – Salt Lake City, UT *

4.6 – Neurolux – Boise, ID *

4.7 – Barboza – Seattle, WA *

4.8 – Tonic Lounge – Portland, OR *

4.10 – Old Nick’s – Eugene, OR *

* w/ Soft Kill and Choir Boy