For fans of highly experimental noise, it's hard to think of anything better than Black MIDI. Even better, the genre is jam packed with beautiful videos demonstrating the source material as visualized through keyboard training programs such as Synthesia. As long as you aren't prone to epileptic seizure, hit play below and get sucked in to the trippy world of impossible midi music!
Formed in Berlin, Germany in the early-early 80's by previous members of Mania D, Malaria!'s experimental gothy post-punk feels fresh even in 2017. It's hard to find much history of the outfit online, but apparently they toured with The Birthday Party and John Cale, therefore making them one of the first bands to bring this particular brand of German music to the USA [source]. So get out your bug spray, because otherwise you're about to be infected with... Malaria!
Today's exhumation reveals a quite fantastic specimen out of Australia by the name of Severed Heads. The duo has been kicking out electronic music as far back as the late 70's. They also have several fantastic videos with classic 80's visual effects that are as pure as the music itself (unlike the ironic cheesiness of such effects we're bombarded with today). Hop on into the guillotine yourself below, and enjoy!
Today's fruit of scouring the never-ending abyss of Bandcamp is Violet Masks based out of Long Island, New York. The artist is a bit of a mystery, going only by the name of Michael. According to the Violet Masks website, Michael has released over 40 albums since 2003 (whoa). Michael is also a visual artist, and from what I've seen so far, has created all of the artwork for the many Violet Masks releases. The Violet Masks discography is pretty eclectic, ranging from spacious ambience, to pretty harsh industrialized noise. Some of my favorite moments are when whispy vocals are included in the midst, such as in In My Skull on the Alternating Series (Part 1) release and Heather on Skeletons (External).
I'll be looking forward to hearing and seeing more from Violet Masks. If you like what you hear, make sure and pick up an album or two and support the artist on Bandcamp!
While digging through Bandcamp today, I ran across a goldmine of a label in Beläten out of Sweden. The label specializes in the darker aspects of electronic music, such as darkwave, cold wave, experimental, witch house, etc. So far I've only listened to about a quarter or less of their releases, but everything I've heard so far is of stellar quality. I'll be keeping my eye on this label, and diving more into their back catalog for sure. Here are the ones I've jammed out today. Inspiring stuff. Check 'em out!