Wet Skin is an exercise in secrecy and lurid confession; electronic music inspired by the emotional hangovers of digitally mediated sexual encounters (and non-encounters).
Each song on the debut album from Wet Skin is a vignette of isolation and frustration against the market's ethos of constant connection and overbearing permission to indulge. Pornography at the limits of capitalism and cybernetics; choosing a date reduced to a casual fusion of shopping and gaming. Songs like "Sex Negative" offer a meta-thematic confrontation with the proto-incel themes of some industrial music. Other tracks such as "I Hate What You Like" are less heady, airing a rageful annoyance at the constant push-pull between enlightened criticism and 'just letting people like things’.
Musically, "Animal God" maps out a space between the slinking mid-tempo grind of "Concrete Jungle"-era DIVE and the guilt ballads of "Pretty Hate Machine"-era Nine Inch Nails. Drawing on themes from Michael Mann's 1986 masterpiece "Manhunter," the speaker in all six original songs tries to face up to the disturbing (and increasingly forgotten) reality that we're more like the monsters we deplore than we'd usually care to admit. Occupying an underworld of shadowy, whispering ambiguity the track list plays like an unearthed chest of lost disclosures.
Disorientation hangs over every word in "Hide From The Light", an intimate, depressive, polar bookend to the album's detached, hedonistic opener "Exposure". The menacing cover of Red 7's "Heartbeat" casts the original song's portrayal of romantic desire in an even more grim light than when it appeared in the end credits of “Manhunter”.
The album is rounded out by eviscerating remixes from Statiqbloom & SARIN. Released as 50 limited edition cassettes + digital on April 2nd, 2021.
Industrial/Rock Band DEADLIGHT HOLIDAY Unleash Their New Single, 'Blood And Body'
Michigan-based industrial/rock band DEADLIGHT HOLIDAY have unleashed their highly-anticipated new single, "Blood And Body." The visualizer made its premiere on March 17th at ReGen Magazine HERE:
The single also appears with a remix version from ANGELSPIT and is available NOW via Bandcamp.
"The lyrics draw from American culture, and our collective cognitive dissonance towards the problems we all help create as a humans. I don't think it's our job as musicians to solve or answer anything, but rather to call attention to subject matter, and create a 'question mark' of sorts for people to make up their own mind. "
For fans of: ORGY, KMFDM & NINE INCH NAILS
Released before In Absentia signed contract with Hard Records in 1993, Charnel House Chatterbox was a sort of "greatest hits" demo compilation In Absentia released in 1992, containing the most popular tracks from previous demo tapes and live shows. Today the cassette album is regarded as a 'cult' item from the early Danish EBM scene.
At a recent visit to the archives of In Absentia the original DAT tape with the album showed up. As the years have been kind to the tape and the songs sounded just as crisp as when it was recorded back then (well, mind that it WAS lo-fi production at the time) In Absentia decided to digitalize it and give it a remaster. The result is now here for you to re-visit 1992 and the era of old school EBM and electro punk in all its lo-fi glory!
Israeli darkwave artist, LIYA has unveiled the video for the song, "Kill The Beast" from her latest EP, Cold Moon.
"The video and song are about someone with depression; someone who is not dealing with it and hurting himself and me, because we were together. It's about how his depression ruined our connection. The depression is the beast that needs to be killed." - LIYA
The video was shot in central Israel and directed by Nero P
Music co-produced by LIYA & Vinnie Saletto (Giant Monsters On The Horizon)
Echozone just released We Are The First by Projekt Ich feat. Electric City Cowboys
With ”We Are The First“, Projekt Ich aka Ulf Müller is going to release the sixth single from the forthcoming second studio album which will be released via Echozone in autumn / winter 2021.
Following the successful debut album “By Train Through Countries” (2019), Ulf took a short creative break before getting back to work again. He produced several demo songs to continue the debut album’s proven concept of cooperating with various talented singers from all over the world.
This time, Ulf was able to get the vocal support of Martin Johansson from the Swedish synthpop trio Electric City Cowboys. Martin wrote the bilingual lyrics (verses in Swedish / chorus in English) dealing with social criticism. The bilingual singing concept switching between Swedish and English works again impeccably for “We Are The First” as it did for the previous single releases “The Stranger feat. Faltenhall" (German / English), “Sexy Silly Girl feat. Stereo In Solo" (French / English) and “Honey Cherie Honey feat. Stereo In Solo" (French / English).
„We Are The First“ is pure synthpop with an 80s touch: catchy, danceable and likely to listen to.