Hurts are back and have released a video for Road, the first taste and a hint as to what to expect off their highly anticipated sophomore outing, Exile, due out in March. It’s darker, harder and menacing; and at times even industrial sounding. It’s a little too harsh for our tastes and with it lasting a mere 2 1/2 minutes with nearly a minute of intro, Road feels more like a promo than it does an actual song. The video, however, with its gorgeous visuals and juxtaposition of beauty and violence and then sex, although not terribly original, is just the kind of kinky stuff we’ve come to expect from the band.
Tiga is back! Plush is not as immediate or as irresistible as Shoes my personal choice for best single of 2009, but nonetheless, I happy to report he is back and is as delectably as weird as ever. Plush is co-produced by Matthew Dear, whose own track, Her Fantasy, was one our highlights of the year. For this video, Tiga is surrounded by female models, posing like a painting, which may sound on paper as intriguing, but instead comes across more like watching paint dry. Push appears on his new mix album, Tiga Non Stop.
The Good Natured are gearing up to finally release their debut album and 5-HT will be the lead single. It’s a move slightly more in the Ladytron direction and a little less from the angst-ridden Siouxsie Sioux terrain, which we appreciate, but question the choice since they have given away so much better. If you didn’t catch our review of their intimate NYC concert early this year, be sure to CHECK IT OUT.
Trust have been a bright light in an otherwise darkly dull musical year. Their latest single, Heaven is typical gloom and doom deliciously drenched in synths. We are also including their previously released single, Dressed For Space, which was our choice track from their debut album, Trst that came out earlier this year. For the uninitiated, Trust is the Canadian darkwave/synthpop duo, comprised of Robert Alfons and Maya Postepski. You may recognize Postepski who is also the drummer of Austra.
Dressed For Space
Dangerous Muse is the great unsung electronic band that is in desperate need of an album. The New York City based band has been around since 2003 and have released a spattering of amazing singles, saw some commercial success on the US dance charts, but due to unfortunate circumstances, bad timing or just bad luck, have still not yet released a proper debut album. I Can’t Help It continues the terrain they began to discover with their excellent remake of Ministry‘s Halloween a few years back and it is the highlight on their new EP, Red; the first of 3 new EPs that will comprise the forthcoming, long overdue full-album release, slated to be released TBA.
It has been such a long time since I have written for these pages and much has been released, so much to catch up with. I am on my school break – one week of relaxation and figuring out what I am going to teach when I get back. It can’t be all work and no play (even the ant got to enjoy the fruits of his labor during the winter as the grasshopper withered away and died), so I am back with a new first post and it is the latest track from the cigarette smoking, but “I swear I won’t get addicted” goth chanteuse, Princess Chelsea. I hadn’t a clue what Frack meant so I did a quick Google search which revealed that its origins come from slang for the dirty deed from the original Battlestar Galactica?! Other definitions emerged, but judging from the space-themed video, it is this version I think she meant. Enjoy and if you don’t, go frack yourself!