Edition of 50.
Two sides worth of post-black metal, post-shoegaze, post-everything despair from these two solo projects. Warground (Canada) and Hithaeglir (Spain) craft intimate, bleak soundscapes evoking an air of quiet melancholy and ageless despair. Elements of neofolk and even Dead Can Dance’s shimmering sonic tapestries are apparent. The ambition and evolutionary progress of this album is stunning. This is the last statement from Hithaeglir, Warground (featuring a member of Suicide Forest) is just warming up.
The new full-length from Philadelphia’s (by way of Jacksonville) Mariah Johnson is another revelatory leap in dark songcraft. We are pleased to release the cassette version of Feel. chiming, postpunk and surf-influenced guitar work provides silvery support webs for Mariah’s heart-stopping moan of a voice. Not to be missed.
A new offering, and vinyl debut, from Richmond’s Decades/Failures. Darkwave, coldwave, post-punk… Whatever you call it, it’s eight songs of raw and urgent loner pulse. A suite of songs that followed quickly on the heels of this year’s previous cassette releases; the lauded “002” full length and “February 14th” single. “GOODY3” finds Decades/Failures restlessly evolving beyond the claustrophobic dark-synth frameworks of previous releases, creating a more minimal, airy yet tense atmosphere. The sonic palette has expanded too, the variety of synth sounds are dazzling dark jewels, and a strident guitar cuts through much of the album, with dour nods to Wire and early Cure. This is in part due to the addition of new member Alexis Ivy, whom Decades/Failures’ mainstay Adam happened upon while searching out ancient electronic albums in thrift stores. And though it is said there is strength in numbers, the feeling of utter dejection and defeat that pervades this album will soak deep into the bones of listeners. Just listen to the reverb-cloaked whispers amidst the panicked rhythms of theses songs and know that all is not well. And it never will be…
Joint release with Deadtank Records.
Mastered at London’s Medway Studios.
Virgin vinyl housed in thick 24 pt full color jackets.
Into The Thicket. Dark Night Of The Soul. pop043. c80. Edition of 50. $5.00.
Ritual noise and black ambience and twilit wanderings from this Jacksonville, FL, duo. Two sides of improvised ritual-musical activity making use of modified animal bones, blades, field recordings, contact mics and loop pedals. Members of Into The Thicket have collaborated with T.O.M.B. (Crucial Blast). For fans of Zero Kama and Abruptum.
Delphic Oracle. Mirrors / Crows / Echoes. pop041. c20. Edition of 50. SOLD OUT. $5.00.
popnihil is incredibly proud to release new work by Christiana Key/Delphic Oracle. Formerly a member of Cult of Youth and a Zola Jesus collaborator, Key now chases her own muse on her own terms with the Delphic Oracle project. This cassette includes three new songs and a Loreena McKennitt cover. These songs evoke as much the classic 4AD sound as modern darker pop music, all with a heavy emphasis on magick and ritual. Immerse yourself. No digital component.
Various Artists. Obsidian. pop038. c90. Edition of 100. SOLD OUT. $7.00.
In many ways, it feels like all of the popnihil activity to date has been leading up to this. Twenty-two new tracks of dark sounds and bleak electronics from twenty Jacksonville/St. Augustine projects.