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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...

Mute Announce STUMM433 Launch Event in London

(Via Mute) MUTE have announced details of a London event, launching the long awaited box set, STUMM433, out on 25 October 2019. The event, at Café OTO in the afternoon of Sunday 27 October, will see Daniel Miller and Simon Fisher Turner in conversation and a playback of selections from the 5-piece box set -...

KMFDM – And do it quickly!

KMFDM are back with a new album. The twenty-first in their catalogue, Paradise, is a fierce, politically-charged reaction to the growing threat of authoritarianism. Their press release doesn't hold back: Helmed by founder and frontman Sascha “Käpt'n K” Konietzko and Lucia Cifarelli, delivering their searing and brutal vocal performances like liquid daggers, and backed by...

FRKTL Live in London

Sarah Badr's FRKTL project lands in London this weekend for a special DJ performance. The international digerati struggle to keep up with Badr, who has called London, Cairo and Berlin home. Surfing the digital stream, she has most recently been spotted connecting from Latvian forests. She has left the pines and birch to play at...

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REVIEWS


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...

Cult With No Limits

CULT WITH NO NAME THE LEXINGTON, LONDON 22 SEPTEMBER 2019 Cult With No Name took the stage to support Rose McDowall, the former Strawberry Switchblade beauty. They used their slot to show off some of the material from their new album, Mediaburn, along with highlights from their extensive catalogue. The duo of Erik Stein and...

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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


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

Rein – Off the Grid

Throughout human history, we have been dependent on machines to survive. Fate, it seems, is not without a sense of irony. - Morpheus, The Matrix The machines pulse and buzz with tension. Rein straps into the producer's chair, jacks into the Matrix, and engages with her whole being. "Off the Grid" is the first sign...

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