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music video : [:SITD:] – Dunkelziffer

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

German EBM band [:SITD:] have a new album Dunkelziffer out now and a new music video for the title track “Dunkelziffer”. It’s time to get dancing!

– Jennifer Link






music video : Suren Unka – Flee

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Electronic wonderkid Suren Unka has released a new music video for “Flee” which explores a desire to break out of the everyday, a harsh wake-up call, or as Unka describes it, “a cold water bucket in your face in the middle of the night.” Determined to steer clear of the electronic music rat race, Unka produces to his own beat and this video is simply pretty cool.

– Jennifer Link






music video : Broods – Four Walls

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

New Zealand brother and sister indie pop team Broods have a new video for “Four Walls” that mixes the lyric video with the live video. There has been a lot of buzz around this duo for their glossy and ethereal synthpop tunes. Check them out, maybe you’ll find your new favorite?

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– Jennifer Link






music video : Erasure – Dead of Night

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

At mid November, if you’re feeling sad that this year’s Halloween has gone and past, embrace the spirit again with this music video from English synthpop duo Erasure. Classic monsters and horror films comprise the visuals for Erasure’s new song “Dead of Night” from their new album The Violet Flame.

– Jennifer Link






music video : M83 – In The Cold I’m Standing

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

M83 has a new video for “In The Cold I’m Standing,” a track from his third album Before The Dawn Heals Us recently reissued with Mute. The video was originally created for and debuted at M83’s Hollywood Bowl show in September 2013, and is only seeing the digital light of day now.

– Jennifer Link






music video : SONOIO – Thanks for Calling

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Alessandro Cortini, a current member of Nine Inch Nails, has released a new track and video for his solo project SONOIO. An unnerving video turns into a distributing video turns into a thought provoking video.

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– Jennifer Link






music video : Chelsea Wolfe – Lone

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

“Lone” is a track from Chelsea Wolfe’s album Pain Is Beauty but this music video is an excerpt from the film entitled Lone directed by Mark Pellington, starring Chelsea Wolfe. Lone is out now and is available on USB or it can be downloaded via iTunesLone is described as coming, “out of a mutual desire between Wolfe and Pellington to expand upon the concept of a classic music video. What began as an idea for a nine minute short film extended into what is now just under an hour-long piece, with Pellington fleshing out the concept surrounding Chelsea’s lyrics and music. A nonlinear film, Lone takes its dialogue solely from lyrics off Pain is Beauty and explores many of the themes and ideas behind the record.”

– Jennifer Link






music video : Die So Fluid – Landslides

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

With “Landslides” London band Die So Fluid offers up slower tempo song. The video is fitting, just showing singer, songwriter, and the video’s director Grog Rox witching around the desert.

– Jennifer Link






music video : Goldfrapp – Laurel

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Goldfrapp has a new video for “Laurel” from their latest album Tales Of Us. The video is described as being, “filmed in and around Los Angeles, ‘Laurel’ tells the story of an actress seeking the bright lights of Hollywood.”

– Jennifer Link






music video : Valerie Gentile and Abbey Nex – Scarred

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Musicians Valerie Gentile and Abbey Nex teamed up and released the live video Live En Sous-sol on September 23rd. The video was shot by Kevin Vonesper, who shoots all the Vampirefreaks events that happen in NYC, and can be rented or purchased on Vimeo. I was privileged to have an early look at this 34-minute concert video, like a half-hour set for the viewer except with cinematography and tight sound production, and no stoppages/stage ad-lib. Both performers are expertly dolled up, looks completed by nylons full of runs, and I would have been disappointed if they weren’t! They each take turns front and center as well as with instruments: they’ll each take a turn working the keys, they both sing, and they both have string instruments to rock out with where appropriate. The set list is a combination of tracks from Gentile’s EP Love Is Luxury, and Nex’s debut album Zondustrial. The two go together really well, and by that I mean the tracks and the performers. Altogether thoroughly entertaining, though I wonder how the rent/sell idea will work. Take a peak with this excerpt of the track “Scarred”.

– Dylan Madeley






music video : Sinead O’Connor – Take Me To Church

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Sinead O’Connor has a new album out, I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss and “Take Me To Church” is the lead single off the album. While the song is basically straight up alternative rock, something we normally wouldn’t cover, Sinead O’Connor is a name that grabs attention and the styling in her promotions for the new album caught my eye. This video starts with O’Connor singing over footage from her famous video for her version of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” and ends with her rocking out in a latex dress from Westward Bound.

– Jennifer Link






music video : Zola Jesus – Dangerous Days

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Zola Jesus has released a new video for her new song “Dangerous Days” off her upcoming album TAIGA due for release October 7th, 2014 on Mute. The video was directed by artist Tim Saccenti who describes the song as, “ a pure emotional plea, a future primitive call to arms. To create a moment of light in these dark times was our hope.” Zola Jesus aka Nika Danilova describes her upcoming album, “the music on the record is massive, with big brass and beats, crystal clear vocals… It’s the most accessible music I’ve ever made, but also the most earnest and passionate. I gave everything for this record, more than ever before.”

– Jennifer Link






music video : Grimes – Go ft. Blood Diamonds

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Whether you like the new Grimes track “Go” or not, there is no denying she can make some visually interesting music videos. If you haven’t heard the new track yet, give it a few listens before you make up your mind.

– Jennifer Link






in attendance : Aftermath Festival – Day 1

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Toronto ON, May 22 - The first night of the Aftermath Festival occurred at the Velvet Underground club, a long-time fixture of Queen Street West in Toronto. The predecessor of Aftermath, the Kinetik Festival, involved a warm-up club night at the beginning of its schedule, so it’s fitting that Aftermath would begin in a similar way. The newest installment of Kinetik was supposed to happen in Toronto for the first time, and I was one of the many who eagerly anticipated the result. When it was cancelled, I was one of the many collecting a refund and wondering what happened. Fortunately, Darker Side of Light promotions and I Die: You Die, in association with 132 Productions and iVardensphere, somehow pulled together a festival’s worth of acts and venues to put them in. The first night of the festival saw performances from Apriorism, Wychdoktor, Encephalon, Mordacious, Die Sektor, and God Module.

apriorism

Apriorism hit the stage with electro-industrial, and they had a great crowd show up for them. I’m not used to that many people coming out to Velvet that early, and that wasn’t even going to be the whole crowd. Their co-debut EPs Blood and Smoke are both available on Bandcamp, and also as a two-disc set.

wychdoktor

The next act up was dark ambient/tribal noise act Wychdoktor. It was a bit of an energy release compared to the buildup of the previous band, which everyone could groove to. It was also a great segue into the next band, because he also appeared in their lineup this evening.

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Encephalon recorded a song for Kinetik 7 called “Disintegrator’s Trench” which is available on their Bandcamp. They showed some new material in advance of their new album being completed. They probably saw many familiar faces in the crowd from the large Ottawa contingent that came out for Aftermath, but they are definitely well liked in Toronto as well.

mordacious

After Encephalon played a couple of bands of whom it was difficult to get a clear picture. Mordacious was the first. Their most recent release is Bone Breaker from late last year, and it makes sense for them to play on the same night as God Module as they often play shows together.

die sektor

Die Sektor brings a techno industrial sound from Atlanta, and singer Edwin Alter was the most energetic and difficult to capture photographic subject in the entire evening. Their most recent album is (-)existence released last year.

god module

God Module is a horror industrial band that was much talked about among the attendees, having quite the following. The project comes from Seattle and is led by Jasyn Bangert. They have a busy schedule beyond Aftermath, including the Dark Munich Festival and Wave Gotik Treffen.

With a large and growing crowd as early as 8:30PM and a series of great performances, those gathered were definitely warmed up for the rest of the Aftermath Festival.

photos : Dylan Madeley

See more photos from this event at www.flickr.com/photos/dylerpillar.

– Dylan Madeley