pop045 – Decades/Failures – GOODBY3


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.

pop043 – Into The Thicket – Dark Night Of The Soul

Into The Thicket.
Dark Night Of The Soul.
Edition of ??.
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.

pop041 – Delphic Oracle – Mirrors / Crows / Echoes

Delphic Oracle.
Mirrors / Crows / Echoes.
Edition of 50. SOLD OUT.
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.

pop039 – Obsidian Zine



Popnihil 039: Obsidian Zine.
Photography by Rebecca Rose.
Edition of 60.
46pp. Black & White Photographs. Glossy.

A series of intimate black & white portraits and group shots from the “Obsidian” compilation album cover shoot. Features members of Rate Of Decay, Delphic Oracle, Encounters, Voids, Cays, V V A S E, Nora Thomas 1964, NRIII, Severed+Said, Virgin Flower, Creep City, PRZM, Floridian Winter, Veranear, Coaeval, Burnt Hair, Drungo Phillip’e. Family album of the damned. All shot with infinite patience by Rebecca Rose.

pop038 – Various Artists – Obsidian



Various Artists.
Edition of 100. SOLD OUT.
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.

Side One
Encounters – Untitled
Delphic Oracle – Scorpio Moon
Severed+Said – Tincture
Cays – The Creek At Night
NRIII – Shut
VOIDS – Light Projector
Veranear – 11:49
Nora Thomas 1964 – Loop 1/Loop 2
Hymn-Roid – I’m Gone
V V A S E – Cylinder

Wudun – In A Hole (Live)

Side Two
Burnt Hair – Filament
Koasasa – Return To The Palm Oasis (Nothing Lasts Forever)
Creep City – Temptation
Coaeval – Hildegard
Drungo Phillip’e – 2-4
PRZM – The Life And Times Of Ecco The Dolphin
Phillip Casey Cardona – Another Path
Virgin Flower – Sobbing Member
Rate of Decay – Concertina Wire
Floridian Winter – Candy (Black Leather Remix)
Floridian Winter – The City (Black Leather Remix)

pop031 – SOS – Ancient Surfari Shindig @ The Ruins

Ancient Surfari Shindig @ The Ruins.
Edition of 20.

popnihil is extremely excited to present this, the sonic goodbye to Jacksonville FL from the Astral Plains Drifter himself. “Ancient Surfari Shindig” is an homage to surf music, yet through the unique SOS filter. Four track tape collages meld alternately seamlessly and insanely with guitars, sitars, and electric drums. Charlie may not surf, but yr third eye certainly will.

pop030 – Decades/Failures – February 14th

February 14th.
Edition of 50. SOLD OUT.
Saved something special for our 30th release! Black-on-black limited edition single from Richmond-based darkwave enigma. New track “February 14th” on Side A and “Everything In Black” from recent full-length “002” on Side B. This is what you listen to right before you jump out of the window.

pop029 – Blast & The Detergents – Time Takes A Beating


Blast & The Detergents.
Time Takes A Beating.
Edition of 100.

One-off collaboration between veteran St. Petersburg spazzcore outfit and glitch enigma Rate Of Decay. Not a remix album in any traditional sense of the word, as there are no concessions to the politics of dancing, this is instead body music of an altogether more disciplined, unrelenting sense. Rate of Decay remakes and remodels every since track from “Time Misses A Beat” from the ground up, remaining true to the spirit of the original, while twisting the form beyond all recognition. We don’t need no fascist groove thing.