Music is always a big influence to us at Stylenoir, especially when we find that new take on the dark music timbre. For Morbid melodies part 1, we look at a select few choices of music editor Greg Allan’s album reviews in the print version of Stylenoir Magazine
Ask The Dust (2012)
Ask The Dust is the third album from misanthropic hip-hop artist Lorn. Unearthly ambient melodies accompanied by brooding vocals and driving beats reveal the the loneliness of urban living that’s hidden underneath a slick glossy veneer. Weigh me Down captures the struggle against the suppressive forces of a remorseless modern society while Everything is Violence is the sound of a decaying corpse hidden in the underpass. There is no glamour here no bling, no fast cars, no scantily clad girls, only a grit and grime covered mirror.
Everything is Violence is the sound of a decaying corpse hidden in the underpass
Saltillo’s second offering released 6 years after his first release is a return to form for multi-instrumentalist Menton J. Matthews III who weaves violin and cello in between glitchy electronics and trip-hop inspired beats to create haunting cinematic sonic vistas. The album opens with Abeo a macabre ambient piece which sets the stage for rest of the album which deals with with religion and the human condition with victorian noir flare but without the hammy make believe of the so called steam-punk pseudo sub-culture. The track ‘veil’ is the apex of the album for me with it’s crystalline vocals off-set by crunchy beats and “broken” piano.
haunting cinematic sonic vistas
Welcome Oblivion (2013)
How to Destroy Angels
How to Destroy Angels is the collaborative efforts of Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Mariqueen Maandig-Reznor and named after a song by electronic experimentalists Coil which should give away the direction of HDA if you are not already familiar with them. Mariqueen delivers beautiful vocals that drips like honey over ill behaving machinery although the disco bass lines that Tent is so fond of still find their way in although more subtly than in his latter NIN efforts. Ice age stands above the other tracks in its unusual use of acoustic instruments but it’s How Long that is my favourite track of this release an unrepentant industrial pop song.
Read the full album selections in Issue 01 of Stylenoir Magazine ‘Retribition, which you can purchase here