This is Beth Noir’s list-
It’s approaching Hallowe’en so I hope you won’t mind a rather spiky and dark selection for this week’s challenge. I am not optimistic that the list will be universally loved, but I hope there might be something people will like, maybe a little bit, perhaps, I like them all anyway and so does Carlos, my decorated skull.
So here goes…
1) Release the Bats by the Birthday Party
This is song includes lyrics about horror, bats, vampires and sex and as usual with the Birthday Party straddles the line between utter chaos, discord and music.
2) Ruins by O.Children
Oh, that deep voice and moody atmosphere…
3) The Writing on My Father’s Hand – Dead Can Dance
I love Lisa Gerrad’s voice, accompanied by a harpsichord, a little oasis of calm in the storm.
4) Dead and Gone – The Unsettlers
In contrast, The Unsettlers have 11 members and tend towards a full sound, doesn’t it make you want to dance?
5) Ballerina by Razorbladekisses
Vocalists Layla and Azadeh have scary dolls, but they look so pretty in their gothic lolita dresses, I want to play with them.
6) Whitechapel by S.C.U.M
Swathes of sound that tick shoegaze boxes for me and the bass line is lovely. As it ends, I want to play it again.
7) Sleeping Pill -Queen Adreena
Sarah-Jane Garside is playing up Ophelia in this track, I think the delicacy of her vocals in contrast to the music is particularly effective.
8) Triple sex (March Violets remix) – Ulterior
Okay it’s repetitive and noisy, I do not apologise, get caught up.
9) Breathe by Abney Park
Steampunk have some good singers as well as costumes and books.
10) My Secret Friend (Featuring Imogen Heap) – IAMX
Chris Corner evoking a passionate and slightly disturbing relationship in a song, I hope he sometimes has a quiet, dull day.
11) Let Go – Siouxsie & the Banshees
A laid back finish with Siouxsie, couldn’t leave her out.