How was your October? Satisfyingly spoopy? Did you get bored of people saying “spoopy”? Yeah, us too. Anyway, we’re happy to share some of the music that came to our attention during the month of October.
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ED-209 by Dark Smoke Signal
It’s hard to know if we’re supposed to be scared of robots, or embrace their tinny superiority. This eerie synthwave track is a fantastic, driving force for this post-Stranger Things, post-Vapourwave era.
Bristol-based multi-instrumentalist and producer Alex Pope, AKA Dark Smoke Signal, combines his 90’s nostalgia with a love of heavy metal, angular samples and straight but appropriately catchy melodic hooks.
Angels With Dirty Minds by Operation Neptune Spear ft. Nexus 2089 & SLaM
A crazy concoction of metal and darkwave: groovy riffs, angry vocals and synthetic textures. Don’t let the thumbnail fool you, this ain’t no chill-ass vapourwave.
Hailing from the “bowels of deepest, darkest South Yorkshire”, (that’s a quote, not a judgement), Operation Nepture Spear are a force to be reckoned with.
Listen to more on SoundCloud.
Procrasturbator by DARMA
And the award for best song name goes to…
A quirky video with Saved By The Bell-esque visuals and music reminiscent of a less-lethargic Kurt Cobain. DARMA also claim to be inspired by The Bee Gees and ABBA, although those influences aren’t as obvious. It’s a big, big sound for 3 Manchester/Sheffield dudes.
Watch more on YouTube
An Invisibe Man by David Guez
Shot in the ruins of Chateau de Montceaux, near Paris, this gorgeous video complements the David’s gorgeous music. He cites Burt Bacharach, Stevie Wonder and Kate Bush as influences - these all come through very clearly in this strong, well-written track.
If we were to criticise, we could say that the track feels out-of-time and reminiscent of 1990-early 2000’s hits. I’m sure many of us see that as a positive thi- DAMN KIDS AND THEIR INSTASTORIES… I’ll stop…
Check out this website for all manner of listen links.
Break My Heart All Over Again by Paul McKeever
When I see a silhouette of a cowboy hat on a track thumbnail I instantly say “boy, howdy, I’m gonna hate this” As it happens, Paul McKeever’s music is much less abrasive and irritating than popular country music. Yeah, I don’t love country music. No, I’m not sorry.
A soulful voice backed by tasteful chords and simple rhythm, I can see this track being a real hit in the middle of a live set. There’s a couple great chord choices in here as well - nothing shocking, but enough to make it clear that this Scottish songwriter knows what he’s doing.