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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,...

Myrkur Returns to Her Roots

The Danish artist, Myrkur, has been hard to place in the record store racks. When we saw the project of Amalie Bruun in London, it was in a church packed with bearded men with runes on their jackets. The audience said "black metal," but the music was a combination of Nordic folk songs and originals...

Winnipeg Women Inspire Sonic Youth Founder

(Via Mute) LEE RANALDO & RAÜL REFREE have announced details of their new album, Names of North End Women, out on Mute on 21 February 2020 on vinyl, CD and digitally. The new release will precede a series of dates that include a performance at the Milton Court Concert Hall on 7 April, as part...

Goldfrapp Return to Felt Mountain

(Via Mute) Goldfrapp have announced a UK tour for spring 2020. Felt Mountain: The 20th Year Tour will see Alison Goldfrapp perform tracks from the album for the first time since its original release in a brand new show featuring lush and intimate takes on classics from across their 20 year career. Alison Goldfrapp explains: Looking...

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REVIEWS


Beauty and Electricity: Julian and Marina

European cool was born in black and white. Think of Chantal Goya looking demure in Masculin Feminin, Anna Karina in Alphaville, or early footage of Françoise Hardy. Their images were captured with a wide tonal range and fixed in silver salts by the photographers and film-makers of the 50s and 60s. Their youth, culture and...

No Beauty Without Danger: Lau Nau and Vile Electrodes

LAND WITHOUT GOD IRISH CULTURAL CENTRE LONDON, 31 JANUARY 2020 LAU NAU & VILE ELECTRODES CECIL SHARP HOUSE LONDON, 1 FEBRUARY 2020 The film, Land Without God, screened in London for the first time on Brexit night. The Irish Cultural Centre became a refuge for those still able to claim EU citizenship and those about...

Getting Closer: Rein’s New Reality

It is hard to put a label on Rein. The categories used by critics don’t stick readily to the Swedish producer. She confounds and exceeds expectations; refusing to be put into anyone else’s box. Rein casts off her chains and takes new forms just as music writers start to close in. When Rein played her…

I Dream of Wire: Mind Hive

When people say that they are inspired by Wire, the first question is, which one? The one that hoisted the pink flag for post-punk? The one that lost its drummer and a vowel to the lure of rhythm machines? The one that ground every indie act into guitar pedal dust? The psychedelic-tinged one? There might...

FEATURES


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...

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…

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


NNHMN – Der Unweise

Track of the Day: 29 March 2020

Songs for Sabotage – Fire

We first met Richey Rose when he was fueling the dreampop sound of Jennie Vee's solo project. The American musician and producer has launched a new effort together with an expatriate Swede, Lina Sophie, and it has all of the hallmarks of his European-influenced guitar sound. "Fire" is the first track from the forthcoming Songs...

Anna Öberg – Ich Bin

Track of the Day: 16 November 2019

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