Bonjour, mesdames et messieurs! Je souhaite la bienvenue à vous pour encore un épisode de Grim and/or Frostbitten II, la chronique la plus kvlt sur tout l’Internet! Whew, that should last me for another few months; I need to get my French on at least every once in a while.
Anyhow, I’m very pleased to announce Hollywood Burns as this week’s contributor to Ga/oF! The enigmatic retrowave/darksynth artist was recently scooped up by our friends in Blood Music, with a new record on the way (probably for 2018 – get hyped) for all those who need one more fix of the sound people like Perturbator and Carpenter Brut have brought to the masses. Without further ado, let’s see what he has prepared for us! Please enjoy his picks!
‘I’m not a sad person, but like a lot of people – I love to listen to melancholic songs during winter time. I live in a country with no clear seasons now (Taiwan), but during my study in Paris I remember some really cold winters. At this time, I used to travel for more than 4 hours every day to go to school. I was taking the train early in the morning, when it was still dark and it was the same again on my way back. I never listened to more music than at these moments, and it was like a strong but cold musical journey.
Not all of the artist on this list are taken from that period of time, but it’s just to say; it’s funny to look for beauty and « pure emotions » through music we have during winter time, as if it makes us more sensitive.’
Boucle Infinie – 直線移動 / The Algorithm – Brute Force
More sober than his previous other works, Rémi Gallego focused more on the emotions in his latest The Algorithm release, but also as Boucle Infinie. Some touching songs like “Userpace” resonate with the blues of winter and 直線移動 maybe just provided the perfect tunes for this moment of the year.
Hacride – Back to Where You’ve Never Been
Winter means cold. Hacride is cold as hell and has no pity. They’re like the White Walkers, once the winter arrived you’re doomed.
Covet – Ares
I don’t know why, when I listen to Covet it makes me think of a hot cup of coffee. Probably because they sound so warm and full of life. Perfect for staying at the good temperature.
Fucking Werewolf Asso – Why Do You Love Me Satan?
But even better than coffee, Why Do You Love Me Satan? will give you the adrenaline rush, so you wouldn’t hibernate. This Swedish band is at the same time absurdly noisy and very melodic, but behind the nonsense, there are quite complex songs really well structured.
Prequell – The Future Comes Before
Part recorded at Abbey Road with the London Symphonic Orchestra, Prequell just provided a brilliant unique gem. Mixing orchestral with minimalist electro music, The Future Comes Before is an elegant album, with beautiful melodies, mostly played by strings sections. The arrangements are subtle, but compliments to a beautifully crafted production. The whole thing sounds really organic and warm. Perfect to provide you with the heat you need.
Danger – 太鼓
Danger makes you travel from the cold darkness to some warmer exotic places. It’s a strong emotional journey with experimental and soundtrack vibes. Technically, it’s very well crafted and sometimes it reminded me of a lost collaboration between Crystal Castles and the old Hans Zimmer. It’s probably the most poetic thing I heard this year.
Crystal Castles – (II)
I’ve mentioned it before, but listening to this band is like letting your demons take you to a deep depression. There is no warm place in this castle, only cold and melancholic. I have strong memories of myself listening to Crystal Castles on the train during a cold December, a few years ago, watching the frozen landscapes from inside the wagon. For these reason I always associated their music to winter.
Silent Hill 2 Soundtrack
With no doubt, the whole Silent Hill 2 soundtrack is the sound of winter. This is the coldest thing I’ve ever listened to. This saga is known for being terrifying, but I always had the image of something moody and poetic.
I was living in the countryside in the past, and every morning, when I went to work, I had to pass through the fog. During this moment, I used to play this soundtrack, trying to find the same sensations as the different characters of the game.
That’s all for now, folks! Many thanks to Hollywood Burns for being a part of this feature this year, and also to J from Blood Music for getting me in touch with Chaos Moon and HB. Always a pleasure working with you, man! If you haven’t already, go check out First Contact, the début EP by HB, on Bandcamp. As I said before, he’s working on new material, so get stoked!
Come back next week for another artist-curated winter listening list! Until then, stay safe out there, and as always…
…thanks for reading!