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Joy Division Pictures Surface

Photos from Joy Division’s legendary performance at the Hope and Anchor pub in Islington have surfaced. Taken by Jonathan Crabb and published on Facebook, the pictures were taken using a Kodak Instamatic, They show the band looking very cool in the cold basement venue. The Hope and Anchor show was a key event in the…

Target: Dancefloor

Sweden's Emmon have released a new EBM-influenced track and video. "For Real" has the tension of old-school DAF, if it had an Alan Wilder-style arrangement. Written by Emma Nylén and Jimmy Monell, the song bubbles with electronic energy under Nylén's classy vocals. The video by Niklas Kärreskog keeps to an industrial theme with grainy footage.

“I Think of You” – New DAF Material Revealed

Robert Görl has released a new song, dedicated to the memory of his musical partner, Gabi Delgado. In a YouTube post, Görl explains: “Gabi and I had some grand plans. We wanted to make a new DAF album. We were thinking of it being a mix of new tracks created on the fly and a…

A Note for Readers

Dear Readers and Friends, This year is not turning out the way we expected. Some researchers and health professionals anticipated the events we are living through, but governments failed to heed their warnings and prepare for a public health emergency. We are now reaping the whirlwind sowed by "austerity" policies. Many of us are living...

Inside the Matrix with Rein

Rein has dropped the video for her current single, “Closer to Nature,” and it is an intense ride. Made together with Fredric Posé, the clip shows Rein being bound, scanned and jacked into machines by a faceless system. The Swedish hard dance specialist breaks away, with soldiers in pursuit; presumably to rally fans to the…

Pieces of Juno Reveals First Song from Euthymia

Juno Jensen (Photo: Cecilia Riis Kjeldsen) Pieces of Juno is the project of Norway's Juno Jensen. "Wake Me Up" is the first track to be revealed from her forthcoming album, Euthymia. Recorded in an empty swimming pool for extra reverb, Jensen describes the song as being about "following one's own truth and to find a...

Pouppée Fabrikk Reveal New Album

(Via Side-Line) By Bernard Van Isacker Excellent news again from the Nordics. The cult Swedish EBM act Pouppée Fabrikk is back with the very first brand-new studio album since the 90’s! On “Armén” (out on March 27 via Alfa Matrix and available now in pre-order) they bring their solid early-Electronic Body Music sonic roots accross...

S.P.O.C.K to Play London

S.P.O.C.K, the Swedish party band from outer space, have confirmed a live date in London. The act formally known as Star Pilots on Channel K will perform at Slimelight, the capital's longest-running alternative club night, on Saturday, 1 February 2020. S.P.O.C.K will be well known to readers of Cold War Night Life for their catchy,...

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REVIEWS


Niels Gordon’s Sounds from the Forest

The Swedish artist, Niels Gordon, has released his second album - the first on vinyl. Land is released today on Lamour Records. It comes only days after the death of Florian Schneider was revealed to the world; which is fitting, because Kraftwerk are one of Gordon's biggest influences. Last year, Gordon created this cover version...

Korv Kiosks and Cristal: Francesca e Luigi

In the days before they took to singing the obvious in iambic pentameter, the Pet Shop Boys had a good line in danceable poptronica. They knew how to combine soaring pads with bouncing basslines, drawing on Liza and Dusty for influence in the vocal lines. Those days are gone, but a new generation of artists...

From the Darkness, the Return of Zanias

Alison Lewis (Photo: Simon Helm) Zanias is back with two EPs. The project of Alison Lewis, who is also known for her work with Linea Aspera, Keluar and the Fleisch recording label, has given us some mind-expanding material, and it is a rich vein to be mined for intelligent and emotional electronics. The ore collected...

The Magic of Hearing

Euthymia is a feeling of stability and balance. In philosophy, it also refers to a sense of authenticity and integrity. The title of Pieces of Juno's latest album is fitting. It is the final installment of the series that included Kalopsia (the delusion of things being more beautiful than they are), Tacenda (things that are...

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Karin Park in the Church of Imagination

I am sitting in the car for a trip to Karin Park in Dalarna. I come to the small village where she lives and see a beautiful wooden building that used to be a church. I am received by Karin and her daughter, who welcome me in. Once inside the nave of the church, you...

The Top 19 of 2019

It has been forty years since a heady moment when disco, new wave and DIY post-punk overlapped in the charts. In 1979, you could choose from Joy Division's "Transmission," XTC's "Making Plans for Nigel," and Blondie's "Heart of Glass." The singles section in Woolworths found rockers, punk stragglers and assorted trendies pressed shoulder-to-shoulder in the...

Open Your Primitive Heart – Exclusive!

Primitive Heart is an ambitious and accessible synth-pop project by multi-genre producer and visual artist, Dani Mari. The New York-based Mari will be known to readers of Cold War Night Life for her active role in Female Frequency, the community she co-founded to promote music by women. No Fear In Love, the debut album for...

Shine On: Graham Lewis

With his flat cap and specs, Graham Lewis looks every bit the English chap abroad. These markers of his origins belie the three decades he has spent living in Sweden - a country that, by now, could claim him as a cultural icon of their own. The Englishman among them started making music as the...

INTERVIEWS


S.P.O.C.K Beam in from the Neutral Zone

Sweden's poptronica legends, S.P.O.C.K, will make a rare London appearance on Saturday, 1 February 2020. They have been orbit above Scandinavia and Germany for many years, but they will appear right at the moment of Brexit to show that the planets are still united, even if Europe is not. Actually, it is a party at...

December Love Song: Facket Strejkar

One of the great things about Chris & Cosey is that the project was partly artistic and partly romantic. The love affair between the two musicians is what took them out of Throbbing Gristle and into each other's arms. The same combination of oscillators and hormones is evident in the work of Facket Strejkar. The...

Random Acts of Synthesis: A Chat with Eric Random

Eric Random once relocated to the Himalayas to learn percussion. It was about as far as one could get from the sooty brickwork of Manchester's post-industrial decline. Even at home, however, the former Tiller Boy was a million miles removed from the stagnant, commercial culture of Britain's Top 40 charts. Random's musical journey began when...

Lust for Youth

Born in Gothenburg, Sweden's second city and a place with a bohemian vibe, Lust for Youth is the brainchild of Hannes Norrvide. With nine albums behind them, the band have ploughed a furrow separate from the EBM and poptronica scenes of Norrvide's hometown. Now based in Copenhagen and pared back to the duo of Norrvide...

Symbols and Synthesis: Fragile Self

It is sometimes said that, in psychology, everyone is an object; whereas, in the field of philosophy, everyone is a subject. So, what is position of an artist under the steady gaze of the music critic? Fragile Self is a project that blurs the lines. Initiated by Anil Aykan and Jonathan Barnbrook as a sideline…

Time to Give Cash for Nash the Slash Biopic

Nash the Slash was an original. Wrapped in bandages, like a mummified prog guitarist, Nash toured with Gary Numan and Iggy Pop and played along to silent films. With a drum box and electric violin, he fired up alternative music crowds with horror imagery and pulsating, processed riffs. The man inside the mask, Jeff Plewman,…

TRACK OF THE DAY


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Track of the Day: 16 May 2020

Hiltipop – For Love

Hiltipop return with an 80s-styled, danceable, minor-key track filled with handclaps, pulsing bass, and Das Boot-influenced sonar pings. "For Love" comes as a 12" extended megamix, but sadly not on marbled vinyl. You can only listen to it on your favourite streaming site for now.

This Is Not America – Who Am I?

Claes Bang starred in The Square, the Swedish satire on the art world that won the Palme d'Or in 2017. Besides acting, Bang dabbles in music, and he releases material under the name, This Is Not America. In 2018, he recorded a track with Marina Schiptjenko, another actor from The Square and a real life...

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