Lene Lovich

Captured in London by Marija Buljeta


Industrial Troika Reveal New Material

Carter Tutti Void return with their third album, Triumvirate.

Still Dancing: Rational Youth Announce Deluxe Release

Rational Youth, the Canadian poptronica pioneers, have announced a very special edition of their debut album, Cold War Night Life. The 1982 release ranks with John Foxx’s Metamatic and Depeche Mode’s Speak & Spell among the classics of 1980s synthesizer music. Made with state of the art analogue equipment, including the Roland System 100, Moog…

Silence Is Sexy: Mute Update STUMM433

It is common knowledge that Daniel Miller was inspired by the writings of J.G. Ballard when he came up with the lyrics for “Warm Leatherette.” It is less well known that his imagination was fuelled by the sounds of actual car crashes taking place at Henlys Corner, just a short distance from the house where…

Totally Wire: Documentary and Album Announced

Wire announce a new album and crowdfunded film project.

Spoons Serve Up New Video

Spoons, the legendary Canadian group who swept the world with the hit, “Nova Heart,” have revealed the first video from their latest album. “For the First and Last Time” is a catchy, upbeat number that sounds current but has a classic Spoons feel. The album, New Day New World, was released in March. It is…

Lisa Gerrard and Bulgarian Choir Set for London Show

How Balkan throat singing crossed into the Western alternative music scene is an interesting story. That Lisa Gerrard has teamed up with The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voice is an even more promising venture. First introduced to the West through tapes made by Marcel Cellier, the sounds of the Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal Choir…

Machinista Return to London

After an extended absence from London, Machinista are returning to Europe’s largest city with a new album in tow. The Swedish poptronica all-stars are playing at Elektrowerkz on Saturday, the 3rd of August, 2019. Also on the bill are Mexico’s Hocico, headlining, and Mirexxx. Machinista first played the UK at Cold War Night Life’s Evening…

Images of Moog: Electronic Voyager

Bob Moog was one of the most important figures in electronic music. As the creator of the Moog synthesizer, followed by a line of instruments that bore his name, he changed the way that music is made and listened to. Waveshaper Media, the producers of the modular synth documentary, I Dream of Wires, are putting...

Howard Jones

New song, new images by Marija Buljeta


Wigged Out: Pieces of Juno’s Metanoia

Review of Metanoia from Pieces of Juno

Analyse This: Cryo Return with The Fall of Man

The best EBM act in Sweden is also one of the least prolific. Cryo are only on their fifth studio album in thirteen years. Despite some well-received singles and sold-out shows, it has been half a decade since their last one had its details entered into Discogs. The Fall of Man has been worth the...

We Are All Kloner

Page, the Swedish poptronica pioneers, have unwrapped the first single from their forthcoming album. “Kloner” [EN: “Clones”] isn’t a cover of the Alice Cooper song but it does have the feeling of 1980s poptronica. With classic Moog sounds and Eddie Bengtsson’s talent for spellbinding hooks, it is a new wave gem for 2019. Introduced with…

Bareback Italo from Electric City

With the release of Superstar, Electric City Cowboys are back in the saddle. It's not their first rodeo: the trio from Karlshamn in Sweden have been creating quality Italo-influenced electronic music since 2012. Superstar is their fifth release but their first full album. With the assistance of Mia Moilanen on several tracks, including the stand-out...

Dead Can Dance

Shot by Marija Buljeta in London


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...

Music Heroes of Instagram

Instagram isn’t just for attention-seeking model wannabes. The platform allows musicians to share details of their project; photographers to curate material for followers; and record store workers to paint themselves like their favourite album covers. We have picked out some of our favourite Instagram accounts to share, on the basis that they fit into one…

SubKult Festival

Shot by Krichan Wihlborg in Sweden


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,…

Red, Black and Cool: Tina Schnekenburger

Tina Schnekenburger has worn a number of guises over the years. From the punk scene in Kraftwerk's home town to the world of modern art, she is a card carrying member of the avant-garde. Schnekenburger can be seen in the new Conny Plank documentary, operating backing tracks for DAF. In leather, with cropped hair, she...

Twice a Man

What do you do when you have a concert planned with New Order but the promoters think your name makes you sound like a progressive rock act? You change it. For Cosmic Overdose, it was no problem. The Swedish experimentalists had dates supporting New Order in Gothenburg and Oslo, and the name belonged to a...

Fika with: FRKTL

A cold day in the run-up to Christmas finds Sarah Badr in the newest branch of a Finnish café in London’s Covent Garden. The place has just opened but is heaving with tourists, resting between credit card-facilitated dopamine fixes. It’s a nightmare of reverb, as the walls reflect the chatter of shoppers and the roar…


Linea Aspera – Preservation Bias

Linea Aspera lived only from 2011-2013, but the star that shone half as long shone twice as bright. The duo of Alison Lewis (Zoe Zanias) and Ryan Ambridge issued only a few recordings, but for a brief moment they were the most exciting new act on British soil. One of the few bands to use...

Jenkie – In the Night

A change of pace for Sham Recordings, the home of Container 90 and old school Swedish EBM, the new single from Jenkie sits in electro/hi-NRG territory. With vocals by Jenkie Dahl and instrumentation by Magnus Norr, the upbeat, poppy material is the antidote to drizzly English summers. Just the thing for a Midsummer party, once...

Neuf – The One

Neuf is the new project from Jonas Kröjtz, Svante Englund and Max Flövik. The three Swedish musicians have combined their experience to put out two singles, of which ”The One” is the second. Kröjtz is best known to readers of Cold War Night Life for his work with Renate, Elegant Machinery and Cryo - well-established...





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