Oh boy, am I feeling ECSTATIC! Depeche Mode finally dropped their new single, and I’m overjoyed! Part of me wanted to just put the single here without any other songs, but then that just wouldn’t be fair. So it’s another Saturday, and that means another set of awesome music recommendations!
1 – Depeche Mode – Where’s The Revolution? (Lead single from Spirit album, coming out on March 17th)
I love Depeche Mode, I love them so much to the point where I sometimes think that this might be too much, but here they are, dropping their new lead single from “Spirit” and goodness gracious, what a good song! It starts with a slow, soft synths alongside Gahan’s vocals, and it all leads to the explosive chorus that is a very literal and intense! The repetitive bridge near the end of the song is another highlight, as Martin’s backing vocals give it an incredible touch! I love this single a lot, and I can’t wait to listen to the full album on March 17th.
2 – Diary Of Dreams – The Curse (From Freak Perfume album)
Darkwave makes a return with Diary Of Dreams, who were present on week 5. Since I listened to She And Her Darkness, I got hooked to the band, and started exploring other songs they made. What I really like about Adrian Hates’ songwriting style, is how he structures the lyrics on his songs, and The Curse is one of the perfect examples of that. It feels like every phrase said has weight and is told very explicitly. It just feels incredibly captivating to me, alongside the superb atmospherics that the band conveys perfectly. This is Darkwave done right.
3 – London After Midnight – Sacrifice (From Selected Scenes From The End Of The World album)
Never heard of London After Midnight, and I stumbled upon them randomly through YouTube recommendations. Part of me feels that I’ve listened to this song before, but I just can’t point my finger on it. It’s a doomy track, oozing with melancholy and gothic vibes, not to mention the sound of rain and thunder, which definitely adds a lot to the song’s atmosphere. It’s dark, but it’s great.
4 – Cocteau Twins – Know Who You Are At Every Age (From Four-Calendar Café album)
Cocteau Twins are weird, they’re one of those bands that need some time in order for them to click with you, but once they do, you’ll just lose yourself with them. This song is one of the easier ones to get into, and is a really beautiful song.
5 – wumpscut – Thorns (From Bunkertor 7 album)
I had this song many years ago, and I used to listen to it extensively. Time passed, I lost the song, and I never remembered it’s name… Through the beauty of unexpected encounters, this song resurfaced once again. Thorns is an electro-industrial track with a twist, it starts with this familiar light guitar tune, and suddenly you’re into this world of harsh beats and dark ambient sounds, alongside sounds of industrial samples. “Tonight you sleep in hell!” is said right before the song’s final part, which feels quirky but surprisingly fitting also. There’s another version that also has vocals!
Live performances that sound better than studio performances:
1 – The Curse by Diary Of Dreams
This live performance of The Curse has a lot more energy, richer vocals, and incredible backing vocals on the chorus. As much as I love the song, I think I’ll always prefer this version over the one on the album.
2 – Stripped by Depeche Mode
Whenever I listen to Stripped being played live by Depeche Mode, I ask myself “Why didn’t they use this intro for the studio version?” It just has a much better build up, and feels stronger.
3 – Little Piece Of Heaven by Avenged Sevenfold
The performance speaks for itself really, just compare both this live version with the studio, and you be the judge.