With a new boom of appreciation for long-playing vinyl in full swing, our cozy dark corner of Amoeba Music Hollywood where the Goth /Industrial section lies is seeing lots of great titles come through. We’ve hand-picked some recent wax new releases and reissues and are featuring them in our section this month, so crank up your turntable for some of our highlighted dark wonders.
Sturmpercht Schattenlieder (Ahnstern)
3-sided double-LP in gatefold-cover with etched vinyl on the 4th side. The masters of Pagan Folk are back with their new album Schattenlieder - eine kleine Nachtmusik für Waldteufel und Berggeister
. The album features 20 diverse and unique
songs full of alpine mysticism, heathen legends and tales about strange fairies and pagan rites. Schattenlieder
entrains you into deep forests, arcane mountains and dark chasms and guides you to hidden places in the depth of the central European forests, where hunters meet strange creatures from dusk til dawn. The album varies between gnarled songs about creepy fairies, catchy folk hymns and dark songs dealing with alpine myths, forest tales and hunter sagas. Schattenlieder
is the perfect soundtrack for misty autumn evenings as well as for dark winter nights. The album features a large variety of instruments and sounds -- obscure, strange, folky, psychedelic, but always original and weird, in Sturmpercht's very unique way. Schattenlieder
is completely unpredictable -- each track a standalone, but contributing to the overall ambiance of this new benchmark within the Pagan Folk genre. Not for everyone, but a truly bizarre and wonderful release!
Ruby Throat The Ventriloquist (The Lovers' Will)
The deluxe double vinyl LP edition of the classic
Folk-Noir recording The Ventriloquist
by Ruby Throat. Limited to 300 hand-numbered copies in a reverse-board gatefold sleeve and including a full colour insert, this is the first time this gorgeous recording– originally self-released on CD in 2007– has been issued on vinyl by Los Angeles-based label The Lovers' Will Records & Press
! Ruby Throat is a bewitching duo from London, UK and is compromised of vocalist KatieJane Garside
(Daisy Chainsaw, Queenadreena) and guitarist Chris Wittingham
. Garside’s voice is much like The Ventriloquist
’s subject matter – riding on a dark line between the ethereal and the visceral. The album is made up of psychosexual musings, spectral visions, stark murder balladry and other transgressive tales delicately surrounded by the Psychedelic dream-wrap and pastoral strumming of Wittingham. It also holds a high spot on our previously-posted list of the 20 Best Dark Music Albums of The '00's
. Recommended if you like PJ Harvey, Current 93, Mazzy Star, and WIll Oldham.
In the tradition of the DIY Minimal Wave
and Synthpop bands of the 1980's, Xeno & Oaklander
make music with strict guidelines: no digital instruments or recording. The New York-based duo of Sean McBride
(of the quite excellent synth-project Martial Canterel
) and Liz Wendelbo
implemented the exclusive use of analogue synthesizers, instruments and equipment to write and record their darkly brilliant debut full-length, Sentinelle
(one of our 20 Dark Music albums of 2009
,on the always-superb Wierd Records
). Recently, I got the chance to have the band expand on these principles as they were preparing for a series of upcoming globe-trotting live dates
in New York, Rotterdam and Paris. Please, get to know...Xeno & Oaklander.
Black Light District: First things first. Why is analogue better than digital?
Analogue is immediate and raw. Sean McBride:
It's alive -- a current which can be shaped in infinite ways. It's quite elemental, like fire.
BLD: Sentinelle is available on CD and LP, but being an exclusively analogue band in a digital age, do you prefer vinyl? Your presentation as a band seems pretty complete in sound, concept and artwork – so in the age of downloads and streaming, how important is the physical piece to you?
I'm fond of the weight of objects. SM
: The physicality of vinyl has some earthly origin. LW
: ...with traces, marks and scratches.