Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Review: Various Artists – 'N¡gh†m∆res ∆nd 8Ø8s Presents: Scary Music To Play In The Dark'

'N¡gh†m∆res ∆nd 8Ø8s Presents: Scary Music To Play In The Dark'

The fast growing platform for new dark electronic bands the YouTube station N¡gh†m∆res ∆nd 8Ø8s presents another free compilation of witch-house / drag / dark trap / vapourwave etc. acts to celebrate Halloween. The follow-up to the '...Suicide Serenade' compilation, '...Scary Music To Play In The Dark' returns with seventeen slices of creepy music perfect for Samhain.

Ranging from atmospheric ambience through to more dance-friendly numbers, the album is another great starting point for those who like avant garde electronics, but have yet to dip their toes into the dark waters of this disparate genre.

Acts such as Dashiell Lockhart, gℓo, ßęđŧīmĕ Šŧōŗĩėş, and White bring the ambience in a big way as they utilise elements such as noise, whispered vocals, hanging drones, and spooky samples to create unsettling atmospheres. While acts like Apollyon Visage, Sidewalks And Skeletons, Monomorte, Okkvlt K/\tt, Left Hand Of Creation, and Ghostling add a more accessible although down-beat edge to the proceedings with hip-hop and trip-hop beats utilised in conjunction with often hypnotic synth melodies. Once again with so many styles and influences on display here, there should be something for everyone to take away from it.

The tracks have a uniform “grittiness” to them all the way through the album, and despite the different recording techniques used by each artist, there is very little fluctuation in the overall quality of each track. The compilation has been arranged and compiled with great care so as to ensure the tracks flow together in an organic way.

'...Scary Music To Play In The Dark' is another strong compilation from N¡gh†m∆res ∆nd 8Ø8s. It presents a range of artists and styles and presents them in a deliberately accessible manner that gives the impression of a unified whole. Again if you're new to witch-house and the connected genres, this is a good place to start to explore this murky world while at the same time giving you some great music for your next Halloween party.

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