Rainbows in the Dark: Kanga — “You and I Will Never Die”

Ever wondered what you get when you cross industrial electronics ala Nine Inch Nails and Skinny Puppy with the pop aesthetic of Cyndi Lauper or Kylie Minogue or Fiona Apple?  Honestly, I haven’t either, not because I don’t think it could work.  It just never occurred to me that one could, or should, cross the two.  But hey, who am I to judge?  When you put that delicate combination in the hands of a skilled artist like Kanga, there’s really only one way it could come out: satisfyingly good, which is exactly what You and I Will Never Die is.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Crooked Mouth and Headstone Brigade — “Crooked Headstone”

If you know me at this point, you might know that I love collaboration albums.  Bell Witch and Aerial Ruin’s official collaboration was one of my favorite releases of last year, as was Thou and Emma Ruth Rundle’s series of joint releases, and anytime The Body releases a collaboration album with just about anyone, I buy it sight unseen.  There’s something that is just so interesting about when two projects come together to make an end product that is more than the sum of their parts.  Enter Crooked Mouth and Headstone Brigade and their aptly titled collaborative release Crooked Headstone.

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Rainbows in the Dark: a noend of mine — “Sanctuaries”

Have you ever wondered what you would get if you took a dose of the strange, sacred music influences from a Panegyrist or RÏCÏNN type project, along with a tiny smidge of the black metal and breakcore electronic elements respectively found therein, mixed it with a pile of progressive rock, threw in a heap of jazz for good measure, and topped it off with melancholy, funereal atmospherics?  Definitely something unlike any other musical endeavor out there right now, which is exactly what Sanctuaries, the sophomore release from Ukrainian one-man project a noend of mine is, and more.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Wÿntër Ärvń — “Abysses”

Let’s do a little word association.  When someone shouts “90’s black metal” at the top of their lungs at you, what are the first things that come to mind?  Satanism, for sure.  Certainly minimalistic production values, dark lyrics and dense atmosphere.  How about acoustic guitars, clarinet and bouzouki?  No?  Well, maybe you should start associating those things more strongly.  Wÿntër Ärvń, the French neofolk one-man project turned duo, are back with their second release Abysses, and on it they take everything that you would expect from classic second wave black metal and turn it completely on its head.

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