If the music of his previous band Virgin Kids represented a sonic explosion of youthful urgency pushed by fiery punk and garage rock, as a solo artist CC Honeymoon’s current sound is an introspective journey examining love, lust and more, powered by seducing pop, electro and new wave rhythms that are hypnotically gripping. Having released his lush debut single ‘Part Time View’ actually under the moniker of CC Honeymoon a couple months back, his follow-up track ‘In The Night’ is a hedonistic and passionate voyage into the experience of the physical connections between two. What could be the soundtrack of a dark, exclusive club full of erotic activities or just a room in a flat where two bodies meet, the song is a pleasurable trek through image-provoking sound. In a way, CC Honeymoon reflects the idea of liberation – a freedom to organically create, a freedom to be that of the most organic and pure. Only just the beginning of this musical travel as a solo act, we’re all up for taking the ride.
Over the years there have been a resurgence of the post-punk, industrial, synth and new wave sound that groups like Depeche Mode and Nine Inch Nails helped to foster into the mainstream psyche. However, it is a rare feat at times to actually come across bands who are trying to push the sound further rather than simply fostering a carbon copy version of the previous groups mentioned. However, when Berlin-based Lea Porcelain came on the scene back in 2015, there was something very other about the pair. Songs such as ‘A Year From Here’ and ‘Out Is In’ straddled between melancholic electronica, krautrock, post punk and things in between.
Whilst Swedish artist Dennis Lyxzén has made a name for himself with Refused, it should be noted that his past project The (International) Noise Conspiracy is also worth checking out. However, Lyxzén’s third band INVSN are three albums deep (which include LPs two LPs under the previous Invasionen moniker) and are showing no signs of slowing down.
Berlin duo Lea Porcelain cannot do any wrong in our eyes at the moment. Releasing some of the post potent post-punk tracks over the past year, the pair will finally drop their debut album ‘HYMNS TO THE NIGHT’ on June 16th. The announcement follows Lea Porcelain’s Bruce Springsteen cover ‘Streets of Philadelphia’, in which a video was recently posted. Recorded in Berlin’s FUNKHAUS, the process was spread throughout a two year period.
Shifting from a one man project back in 2008 to becoming a widely respected force in the post-punk scene, Craig Dyer’s band The Underground Youth have released their new album ‘What Kind Of Dystopian Hellhole Is This?’, out now via Fuzz Club. Consisting of ten tracks, musically their sound weaves together a haunting soundscape of Dyer’s stern vocals intermingled with jagged guitar lines and fierce drums, semi-minimal yet utterly electrifying.