[Music] Foa-Hoka – Nevidomist​`

Believe it or not, this particular album was my introduction to Ukrainian alternative music. It has managed to stay on my CD shelf for two decades, and it’s quite nice to have this wonderfully digitized so that I can refer to it at my leisure.

Though I think Foa-Hoka are defunct, bandleader Dmytro Kurovskiy is still quite active making music.

[Music] Jurica Jelić – Songs from the Attick (EP)

The latest release by Jurica Jelić marks his third appearance on our modest blog. This EP is a bit of a departure, as Jurica’s vocals, a deep, resonating baritone, gets prominently featured on this release. It’s hard to believe that he’s hitting notes that comparable singers like Michael Gira (Swans, Angels Of Light) could not hope to hit.  With a voice like this, I can’t help thinking that he’d appeal to those into neofolk, apocalyptic folk, or gothic music.

[Music] Various Artists – This Is Darkness: Vol​.​1 Dark Ambient

This Is Darkness is a website based out of Baltimore, Maryland, in the United States which is dedicated to promoting dark ambient music. This is their first in what we hope to be are a long series of compilations dedicated to the promotion of the best of bleak music. Such names as Xerxes The Dark, Cisfinitum, Kammerheit and Leila Abdul-Rauf should be familiar to those of you who dig throughout the Internet finding the finest in headphone music, but there are loads more talented artists waiting for you to explore.

[Music] Fatal Casualties – Filter

Dutch label Seja Records graces us with a magnificent new release by Swedish neofolkers Fatal Casualties. It’s amazing to thing that Stefan Ljungdahl and Ivan Hirvonen have been performing off and on as Fatal Casualties for 30 years now, as the current release is perhaps the freshest, most vibrant music they’ve put out in more than a decade. It’s hard to even consider this neofolk, because it uses so many other genres as a touchstone. One can hear post-punk, goth, dark electronic music, a bit of a soundscape here and there. Ivan’s vocals top the aural cake off beautifully. Kudos to the engineer who managed to balance the sounds perfectly.

This album was released in 2016, but as I came around to it only recently, I’ll gladly consider this a new-ish release. Well worth your time.

[Music] George Hadow / Dirk Serries – Outermission

George Hadow in an English percussionist currently residing in Amsterdam. It was a bit of a shock to see that he would be pairing with Dirk Serries, who won his fame as Vidna Obmana, his dark ambient project out of Belgium, but they blend together rather nicely.

[Music] Introspect Void – Behind the Fallen Monuments of Time

I don’t know if today is Flashback Day, but the last three posts have brought some very, very good memories of the period in my life between 1988-1992, when I was absolutely immersed in Electronic Body Music (as well as the alternative music scene of my youth).

Introspect Void are not a band from the late 1980s, but you get the feeling they sat at the feet of the masters, added a cleaner, more crisply-recorded music, but retaining that dark, foreboding vibe that made Frontline Assembly, Front 242, and bands of this stripe so much fun to listen to.