Void Vision is the electronic solo project of Philadelphia-based musician, Shari Vari, formed around 2009 when the minimal wave and coldwave genres were undergoing a revival and rebirth thanks to labels such as Wierd Records (home to acts such as Xeno & Oaklander, Led Er Est, Martial Canterel, Automelodi, etc.) and Veronica Vasicka's Minimal Wave, among others. Void Vision quickly became known for striking live performances and their unique brand of dark, danceable songs that pay homage to the past without being a prisoner to it. They released their first single ‘In Twenty Years’ on Blind Prophet Records, receiving the attention of labels like Rough Trade, who included a track on one of their well-curated synth wave compilations. After the release of a split vinyl and various tracks for tapes and compilations, Void Vision's debut album, 'Sub Rosa' was released on Berlin-based Mannequin Records to much acclaim, and sold out of multiple pressings.
Void Vision's hardware-based, analog tracks are dominated by Vari's haunting, powerful voice and emotionally engaging melodies. But unlike many others associated with the genre, the songs are quite dynamic in range and structure, referencing a cross-section of the last 30 years of electronic music, while retaining a strong sense of personal character and soul that sets it apart from the rest.
The past few years have been spent touring and sharing the stage with the likes of ADULT., Gary Numan, Boy Harsher, Drab Majesty, Crash Course In Science, HIDE, The Soft Moon and many others. The track 'Sour' was also recently featured on the Emmy-award-winning Netflix documentary 'Wild Wild Country'.
A new album is due to be released in 2019 and a Euro tour is planned for May.
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Tempers is NYC-based industrial pop duo Jasmine Golestaneh and Eddie Cooper. Their dark electronica sets haunting songwriting to a sinister disco beat, airy melodies suspended in a pitch-black soundscape. Singles from their debut album 'Services' - ‘Eyes Wide Wider’, ‘Hell Hotline’ (mixed by Damian Taylor (Bjork)), ‘Strange Harvest’ and 'Undoing' received coverage across US and EU blogs including Pitchfork, The Fader, V Magazine, Noisey, FACT, and Vogue. A companion book to ‘Services’ featuring Golestaneh’s collage art and lyrics was published by Sang Bleu, and is catalogued in MoMa’s library.
Their latest album ‘Junkspace’ is a concept album about the architecture of consumerism, set in a shopping mall. It features conversations with iconic architect Rem Koolhaas about the psychology of shopping, and what makes these spaces so alienating and compelling. Musically, "Junkspace" is a soundtrack to the artificial atmosphere of the shopping mall; glassy tones and pulsing, mechanistic synths reflect the surfaces and textures of this created space. Melodies that are equal parts sinister and naive capture the duality of the environment's warmth and desolation.
It was released on BMG (Germany) Nov 2018.
DEATH HAGS is the multifaceted project of producer/multi-instrumentalist Lola Jean. Mixing French and English lyrics, guitar/bass with minimal electronic music, DEATH HAGS is both unexpected and familiar, French and Californian, experimental and pop, dark and catchy, on the fringes yet universal.
Born in the French Alps, Lola lives mostly as a recluse in the hills of East Los Angeles and records a lot of her material at home. Following a first single “Metal Teeth,” a European tour and performances at SXSW 2018 as an official artist, DEATH HAGS released “Earthbound” in Fall 2018.
Her new single "Electrochemical Communication" was recorded using hardware synths, guitar and digital sound manipulation. A meditation on gnosis and alchemy, it’s an invitation to dive in the mysterious and unseen part of life.
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