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For Your Ears: 10+ bandcamp picks

Ayla Nero, Code Of Flowers album art

Ayla Nero Code Of Flowers album art

It’s been a good, long while since I’ve put together a For Your Ears post–which isn’t to say I am not listening to music, of course. When the day comes that I am not hunting out new sonic gratification, well, you’ll know it’s because I am dead or something.

Previous installments: For Your Ears (midsummer 2016) // For Your Ears (August 2015) // For Your Ears (June 2015) // For Your Ears (April 2015) // For Your Ears (March 2015) // For Your Ears (February 2015) // For Your Ears (January 2015) 

See below for 10+ (it’s actually more like 13) fantastic bandcamp picks that are currently in heavy rotation ’round these parts. What are you listening to right now? Anything you think I should add to the list? Link me in the comments!

2016 Halloween-themed offering from VHS Glitch, full of ambient dark synth and reminiscent of such gems as Ghoulies or Night of the Demons.

Kristine Barrett’s intimate collection of experimental traditional folk music, sea shanties, & hymns from Ireland, Scotland, America, & Iceland.

Golden Garden’s particular blend of mystical, luminescent dream pop, an “invocation to the warrior queens and the enchantresses, the mystics and the misunderstood.”

Ethereal, evocative, and entrancing new offering from Ayla Nereo, an artist who makes music with a love for the earth, a devotion to our planet.

On Gramarye, Lotus Thief’s atmospheric post-black metal, space rock and ambient sound is inspired by and brings life to ancient texts, secret grimoires and forbidden rituals

Mournful balladry, pure and furious, revelatory and unsettling, from Emma Ruth Rundle (whose earlier work, Some Heavy Ocean, was also excellent)

What do we call this guy? Neo-folk? Post-punk? I find King Dude’s stuff simultaneously starkly morose and strangely catchy, and I couldn’t agree more with the reviewer who notes that this is probably what “rock and roll sounds like in hell”.

I can’t have a list like this without some melancholy piano tinklings. This offering from Murcof x Vanessa Wagner is moody and minimal, dreamy and delicate.

A singular and entirely heartbreaking concept: this album features the sounds from the journey The Caretaker will make after being diagnosed as having early onset dementia. Each stage will reveal new points of progression, loss and disintegration. Progressively falling further and further towards the abyss of complete memory loss and nothingness.

Immensely beautiful and intensely dark; I initially found her through Katie Metcalfe of Wyrd Words & Effigies recommendation

Blackgaze darlings Alcest’s Kodama is heavy stuff, both ecstatic and sorrowful.

Still Corner’s broody, swoony, shimmering synth pop is an aural treat and Dead Blue is probably my favorite entry on this list.

Bonus

Meredith Yayanos released this new Parlour Trick track on Halloween, a 33 minute, terrifying sonic hellscape, a piece called “Wandering Room”, about which she says: “It’s… not cute. Sometimes, you have to go back to some dark and nasty places to rescue your inner child.”

For your ears {midsummer zombie edition}

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A Virgin Among the Living Dead, 1973, via Honey From A Dark Hive

Aural transmissions & melodic missives for your ennui-filled, overheated midsummer days.


Sparkly etherpop from dreamy duo Golden Gardens

 


Contemplative, piano sighs & spells from Ben Lukas

 


Lesley Flanigan’s Hedera is your soundtrack for the still after the storm

 


Hypnotic, bewitching dream sounds by way of Estonia.

 


Sonic ephemera from Jason Van Wyk

 


Sweeping gothic grandeur from Nicole Sabouné

 


New apothic doom from Skeleton Witch like a knife to the throat

 


Ominous, dreary and non-danceable. Just how I like my music.

 


Jazzy Norwegian instru-metal

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‘Penny Dreadful’ Costume Designer Gabriella Pescucci on Her Dreadfully Delicious Designs [h/t Jack]

 

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Dissecting the Dream of the 1890s: My Skype Date With Those Curious Neo-Victorians [h/t Tanya]

 

janellesuffolk007Live by the sword, die by the sword: haunting new photos and words from Ellen Rogers

 

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Sex, Death, and the Psychedelic Madness of Jean Rollin

 

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Siren undergoing leg reconstruction; Saint Wanderer’s Hospital series from Katie Eleanor

 

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Trash Twins Sarah Horrocks and Katy Skellie talk to us about female vampirism in the films of Jess Franco and Jean Rollin

 …For your ears….

 

 

 

…and a few tidbits to get you into the holiday spirit..

The Yule Scents are live at Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab!

Contemporary artists tackle that old baddie, Krampus

Wicked Krampus-inspired fragrances for an authentic smelling Krampusnacht celebration.

The John Waters Guide to Holiday Party Etiquette

NOMI NOËL: GET YOUR HOLIDAY JOLLIES WITH ’SANTA KLAUS NOMI’

Dead Good Gifts, at Death & The Maiden

Gift Guide for Weird Girls at Wolf N Whisky

Goth Gifts for the Darkly Inclined at The Spooky Vegan

And probably my favorite holiday gift list maker of all, Eaumg, has started her series of guides for 2015, starting with A Gift Guide for Niblings & Teens and a Gift Guide for Natural Beauties.

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This, that, and the other thing (xv)


Fragments of Him is a playable interactive narrative where you follow the life of Will and experience how he affected the lives of those he left behind.

 

Best and Worst Demons to be Possessed by, on io9.

 

Hidden deep inside the Indonesian jungle lies an enchanted ‘church’ which looks like a giant chicken.

 

Artist Yukio Takano’s glowing fungal wonder lights.

 

    
I adore Kevin Wada’s “fashionized” comic book ladies & other assorted characters!

 

Currently adoring this solo offering by Alice Glass, Stilbirth. A powerful catharsis  Read more about it here. 

 

Marissa Nadler covers “Solitude” by Black Sabbath

 

“Grey Days”, an unsettling new offering from Chelsea Wolfe’s forthcoming album, Abyss.

 

Veronique Branquinho Resort 2016. Much floor sweeping, witchy goodness.

What people around the world dream about.  Fascinating!

Artist Sarah Horrocks writes on her approach to criticism. A thought-provoking, worthy read.

Feather Death Crowns: Appalachian Omens of Death

A Kickstarter for custom mathematical scarves. Algorithmically generated patterns, no two scarves are alike.

Two trailers for things I am VERY excited about:
Ash Vs. The Evil Dead
Attack On Titan

 

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Cannibalism and Other Nightmarish Things: Sleeping Beauty

 


The Apocalypse that Shrunk South London (h/t Ian)

 

STOYA + ANA X COMTE at creem mag

 

Gorgeous editorial in May 2015 Vogue Italia by Ellen Von Unwerth, ostensibly inspired by ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’.

 

Thresher, a short film directed by Mike Diva (for fans of Clive Barker and H.P. Lovecraft!)

Weird Horror Master Thomas Ligotti’s Review of the Hotdog Pizza from Pizza Hut (a must read for fans of weird fiction!)

 Io9’s list of the year’s best short-form speculative literature (so far).

Black Women Vampires in Film over at the Graveyardshift Sisters

What’s Your Look? at rookiemag.  Adorable! “Björk’s sad assistant” and “rabbit-filled sack.”

Super creepy horror game hidden in the darkest corners of the internet

AND…for your ears…!

 

 

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Aural transmissions & melodic missives from one on the verge of a something….or a nothing…I don’t even know.  Life is weird right now. Have some music.

The Hare and the Moon – Cruel Henry

 

Brown Bird, Axis Mundi

 

Ghost – Cirice

 

The Inward Circles – “Belated Movements for an Unsanctioned Exhumation August 1st 1984″(Excerpts) 

The Doomed Bird of Providence – “You Brought The Knife”

 

Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld – “The rest of us” 

 

Jasmine Guffond, Yellow Bell

 

Chelsea Wolfe – “Carrion Flowers”

 

thisquietarmy, Anthems For Catharsis

For your ears

A bit of a brain dump; some things that have been buzzing in my ears lately; whether you like satanic folk stylings, soft, warbly crooners, melancholy piano tinklings, pale, skinny melodrama, or doom-drenched dirges – I think there are enough relatively current earsounds listed here for everyone to find something new to love.

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Lurking Fear by Joseph Curwen -Hauntological folk horror shrouded in wraithlike drones; ritualistic heartbeats in the darkness.

 


Black and Bronze by Erik K. Skodvin –
Foggy washes and cinematic boneyard grooves

 


Hanna Rosa – Buried Alive
Velvety vocals, dreamy instrumentals, a delicate darkness

 


Dorothy – After Midnight
Soulful, gritty, raw, and super catchy.

 


Eternal Tapestry  – Enchanter’s Nightshare
Sprawling, earthy psychedelia; a hazy brain massage.

 


Joanne Robertson-Black Moon Days
Introspective, sparse, illusory. The poetry of sugar in wounds.

 


KARYN CRISIS’ GOSPEL OF THE WITCHES – The Alchemist
Melodic, transformative metal from Karyn Crisis.

For Your Ears, again

I’ve a habit of constantly hunting down new music, new sounds, new treats for my ears. If I am not listening to something new, I feel like I am stagnating, suffocating. I suppose it’s not really fair to all the great old stuff I like (as in …older than last week) because I never listen to the same thing twice anymore! Oh well, there are worse problems to have.

So then: I don’t know about you, but I do love to share my obsessions with like-minded folks and kindred spirits, and as such I think I will regularly start to feature the new things on heavy rotation for me, in a once monthly (or whatever, don’t hold me to a schedule)
For Your Ears posting.  Don’t expect lengthy reviews; I know what I like but it’s often difficult to articulate exactly why I like something, so you won’t find that here.  Nonetheless, I hope that you will find something you enjoy!

 

More new stuff from The Twilight Sad, who sound like all the music I never listened to when I was younger.

 


Xunolm, Asleep in the Shattered Mirror. “…a perfect score for some rustbelt cyberpunk dystopia, or a futuristic zombie apocalypse. It’s both sterling shining chrome and crumbling decadence” (via forestpunk)

 


Dreamy folkstress Marissa Nadler covering Elliott Smith

 

A new solo project featuring some live sets from Eric Quach, one of my favorite drone artists.

 

New music from Atlanta’s Royal Thunder, whose second album, Crooked Doors, will be out in April.

 

“…briny doom-laden folktronica” from Snow Ghosts.

 

Transcend, from Ahimsa, released inDecember of 2014.  Not sure what to say about it. It falls under post-rock.  I like post-rock.

 

Stephan Mathieu’s Nachtstücke is a “limitless sonic aura” which “forges eveningness as a tangible, sensible thing”.

 

The Unthanks’ latest album is “filled to the brim with the epic, the grandiose, and the fairytale-­esque.” (via forfolkssake)