First post of the weekly music segment! Exciting stuff, discovering new music always gets my hearts pumping, and sharing them is even better! This week’s music vary from the dark, brooding electronica of IAMX’s Kingdom Of Welcome addiction, to the intimate and emotionally engaging ballad of Depeche Mode’s When the Body Speak.
1- IAMX – Kingdom Of Welcome Addiction.
Here’s a song from a musician I’ve never heard of before, I stumbled upon this track very randomly while searching for Synthwave acts, and IAMX’s Kingdom Of Welcome Addiction popped up. It starts very haunting, and then a fine piano tune plays that leads to it’s bombastic synth that gripped me the most. It feels very furious and passionate as the vocalist sings with such intensity throughout the song. It’s a really great track, and it even introduced me to a genre that I kind of always liked, but never knew it’s name, which is Dark Cabaret.
2- Dave Gahan & Soulsavers – All of This and Nothing (From Angels and Ghosts album)
I’m a huge Depeche Mode fan, and they’re probably my all time favorite band, so listening to some of Dave Gahan’s (Depeche Mode’s vocalist) different stuff is always nice, because it kind of shows another side of these musicians that you’ve known for a very fixed sound. The music is Soulsavers’ of course, but the lyrics and vocal performance is Gahan’s. The Soulsavers gospel-like and soulful sound fits perfectly with Gahan’s angst ridden vocals, and even though Gahan’s singing can go to extreme heights as seen in Different Depeche songs, one of his all time best performance came from Condemnation, which also felt like a gospel song. With it’s impressive broad lyrics, harsh guitars, and beautiful strings, they all lead to such a doomy track that feels very holy… It’s sounds weird, but it’s spectacular.
3- Combichrist – The Evil In Me (From We Love You album)
Combichrist are all about harsh industrial metal, they make music that would make your eardrums want to explode (In a good way) but surprisingly what caught my attention in this track is the complete opposite of what defines Combichrist as a band. I always saw Andy LaPlegua as an experimental musician, and that is showcased in this track. I stumbled upon it while watching a live concert for them online, and it was the first track that they started. Acoustic guitar, piano, and very humming and shaky vocals, almost like Johnny Cash, and I asked myself “Is this Combichrist?” I continued to listen, and was blown away by how atmospheric the track was from the very beginning till the end. It’s very dark, very gloomy, and despite being a quiet track, it has an explosive instrumental part near the end that only compliments it’s dark build up.
4- Depeche Mode – When The Body Speaks (From Exciter album)
Depeche Mode’s Exciter album is probably the band’s most lightweight one. It’s very quiet, totally not harsh, and quite uplifting surprisingly, and that’s exactly why I thought it was a really nice change of pace for a band often called “Doom Makers” It starts with really intimate strings and heartbeat like synth, and then Gahan’s most tender and expressive vocals kick in with Gore’s uplifting guitar line. It’s a very stripped track, one that can be played acoustically with no problems. It’s nice, it’s lovely, and it’s a track filled with emotional healing.
5 – Coldplay – Viva La Vida (From Viva La Vida or Death and All Of His Friends album)
The funny thing about this track is that I knew Coldplay for some time, yet I never listened to Viva La Vida, despite it being their most famous track. The first thing that came to mind while listening to it was “These are such beautiful lyrics!” and I could not get that thought out of my mind at all. I think it has my favorite lyrics in modern music. But of course the song is not all about lyrics, it’s a track filled with humongous melodies, perfect sing along chorus, very well structured set pieces, and shining vocals! It’s probably the most accessible track on this list, but it’s just as good, and has a very lovely pace and feeling to it.
So that’s it! These are the music for the first week of this awesome weekly segment.
If you’ve got any recommendations, please share it with me! Comment it, mention it to me on Twitter, DM it to me, share it on any way you see fit. It’s as much a chance for me to discover new music through these blog posts, as it is a chance for me to share mine.
With that, I’ll come back with another 5 songs next Sunday.
Till next time!