Tag Archives: Gothic

Lincoln – “Fading Light”

29 Jul


Until the other day, Lincoln was not a name we were familiar with. Well, obviously we were familiar with it, what with it being the name of a very famous former President, cars, and movies about famous former presidents and of course, living in the east of England, there is good old Lincoln City one of the few cities in the country that makes Norwich feel like a sprawling metropolis. No, we mean that until the other day, we were not familiar with the name Lincoln in a musical context. We are now though and it is entirely possible that soon a lot more people will be too.

Hailing from Sydney in Australia (an actual sprawling metropolis), Lincoln lives a paradoxical double life. Emergency nurse, saving lives, by day, dark brooding songstress, embracing death and loss, by night. Though in all honesty that’s a good thing, not only because it means she isn’t getting distracted by the macabre whilst having a rummage in your internal organs, but because the resultant music is pretty darn beautiful.

Her latest release, “Fading Light” is a prime example. A simple, mournful piano line is a bed for Lincoln’s soft, heartfelt vocals. They lie, waiting for the darkness to envelop them and soon their patience is rewarded, the rhythm bursts forth and a shadowy foreboding looms above. Dramatic and menacing, her vocals call out with a convulsive arch of the back, eager to entwine and become one with this sinister melodic lover.

”Fading Light” is taken from Lincoln’s ‘Visions of a Fading Light’ EP which is out now on iTunes.

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2013 Preview: Listen Out For – Paper Crows

23 Nov

Most of the time, bands own descriptions and press releases are not much more than a hive of prosaic waffle dressed up as hyperbole and spin. Sometimes, just sometimes, they can be pretty much bang on. So it is in the case of our latest band to Listen Out For, Paper Crows. When clicking the ‘about’ section of their Facebook page you will immediately see the description; ”If Hurts, Florence & the Machine and Everything but the Girl were to collaborate in the middle of an apocalypse, they might sound like Paper Crows”.

Yeah, ok, the apocalypse bit is probably stretching things, but not by much. The music of this London based duo is dark and ominous, tumultuous and vast. The glacial, haunting vocals of Emma Panas intertwine and merge with the deeper new-romantic stylings of Duncan McDougall to the extent that, on occasion, you question which is actually the primary vocalist. It’s Emma by the way, if you were wondering.

Choruses are vast affairs, cathedral like in their grandiose, gothic sensibilities. Collectively they are open about influences and music they love so it is no surprise to hear elements of so many artists seeping through. The fantastical fragility of Kate Bush and Bjork, the wit and eloquence of Tori Amos, the dense layers of Massive Attack and particularly the sense of grand occasion so embraced by Hurts and Florence. All of which is perfectly blended with precision electronics, sharp beats and the overwhelming feeling that this is pop music at its brooding best.

The pair has already had big name support, including from Pete Tong who selected them to be the launch act for his resurrected FFRR label, and in 2012 released two fantastic EPs. First was the critically acclaimed Build and then the even better Grey Skies which contains the stunning “Pieces of Yourself”, “Queen of Light” and the Bjork-inspired cover of the Kate Bush classic, “Cloudbusting”. Best of all, Grey Skies is available for free from the band’s SoundCloud page.

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Read More: Free Download: Paper Crows Cover Kate Bush – Cloudbusting

Watch: Au Palais – “Tender Mercy”

14 Feb

Despite the Tender Mercy EP coming out in November last year, Au Palais is something of a new discovery for us, and the understated, ethereal electro-pop has been haunting us ever since. A delicate, yet ever so slightly foreboding, drone sits underneath the bouncing synth sounds and gothic vocals. We love it.

You can pick up the EP either digitally or on limited edition white 10″ vinyl which comes with a free download anyway (guess which one we went for) from their Bandcamp page. In the meantime, check out their new video for title track, “Tender Mercy”, there’s a lot of running, some snow, smoke and a reasonable amount of washed out colours. In short, it’s the perfect accompaniment to the track.