Posts Tagged ‘Insomnia’

‘The Boogeyman’ is the latest single from NYC Horrorpunks, Cut Like This. A deliciously evil lullaby, the song delves into the tortured musings of an insomniac facing their desire for sleep while battling their lack of control in obtaining it.

The single art portrays the horrific personification of insomnia, the titular Boogeyman,  with impressive practical SFX makeup by singer Rose Blood. Blacklight uv colors glow in stark contrast to the pitch-black darkness, echoing how the sing-song vocals intertwine with the harsh screams in the outro insisting “You’ll NEVER get to sleep!”

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CUT LIKE THIS is a Horror Rock trio with a metal edge and a flair for theatrical live performances!  Based out of NYC, the band was founded by 2 acrobats of color Rose Blood and Thorn Black, who ran away from the Circus and back onto the grimy, underground rock stages they came from! You might recognize them from their acrobatic performances at Electric Zoo with Excision or onstage with Steve Aoki or Diplo.

Fiery haired singer Rose Blood entrances with bad girl flair, equally comfortable with seductive melodies and menacing screams.  Thorn Black’s thunderous guitar riffs are as heavy as they are catchy, supplying enough hooks to make any cenobyte happy!  Rounding off the live trio is the Neotribal, androgynous Corey Carver, a bassist with a deep love for Japanese Visual Rock. Behind the scenes, sequencing drums, is Evyl Jon of the groundbreaking, Progressive Death Metal band Evil.

With songs featuring tributes to horror movies and beckoning to the monsters within us all, this 3 piece of horror is ready to take you on a ride on an undead carousel from which you’ll never escape! Fans of bands like In This Moment, Raven Black and Wednesday 13 will dig them like a grave.

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Cruel Nature Records – 3rd December 2021

Christopher Nosnibor

This is one of those albums where the approach to its creation is based around process and technical elements, and the title is not an abstract concept, but precisely the theme around which those technical aspects are centred. Specifically, as the accompanying notes explain, the album uses ‘a custom tuning system’ ‘based upon multiplications of the frequency of the human heart whilst sleeping’.

Or, indeed, not sleeping, as we learn of the composer’s own battles with ‘extreme sleep loss – waking as often as every 15 minutes throughout the night for a period of almost 3 years’ and how ‘the work encapsulates the haze of the perpetual tired’.

It’s relatable, as a near-lifelong insomniac myself, with my sleeping difficulties beginning at the age of five. And not sleeping is both traumatic and debilitating, and sleep deprivation can do awful things to the mind. The paranoia and hallucinations are real. ‘The Cats are Hiding and So Am I’ is a title that hints at this disconnection from the world that goes beyond the mind.

And so The Frequency Of The Heart At Rest is a curious compilation of sounds and sources, fleeting flickers of extranea in the mix beside powerful strings and dramatic drones, at times bordering on neoclassical, others something more industrial, others still folksy, and yet others still approaching ambience. In drawing on an array of sources, and then adapting and mutating them by means of overlays, adjustments of tape speed, this is very much a collage work, and the meticulous attention to detail – the way the sounds interact with one another, the slowing and the reverberations that contrive to create a rare and unique depth and density – is clearly the work of an artist who’s at once focused to the point of obsession, but also has found that point of detachment whereby the creation of such art becomes possible.

The result is incredibly powerful, in that it speaks to those who have occupied this space, where sleep and waking merge into a continuously blurry, bleary, fugue-like state. At times wistful, melancholic, or reflective in a more uplifting way, and yet at others bleak, The Frequency Of The Heart At Rest feels very much like an exploration, a work which strives to navigate this semi-real, half-lives, partially-cognisant existence.

‘6am, The Bathroom, Screaming’ is dark, ominous, heavy beats echo thunderously and captures the essence of the album, and the experience perfectly. No explanation as to why, what, if any story there is behind it, and it may be that the reason is unknown, but the piece transitions from bleak claustrophobia through a spell of ambient tranquillity before blossoming into a passage of soaring, string-led post rock with conventional percussion. The head is not so much a shed, as a cavern of chaos. The whiplash static storm of ‘The Hallways at Home’ is a synapse-blitzing crackle of electricity and fizz of pink noise over which gusts of nuclear wind drift with a desert emptiness. ‘Mealtimes at the Madhouse’ is Chris and Cosey in collision with Nine Inch Nails, a disorientating and hypnotic sketch built around a pulsing synth bass and thudding beat, while the final track, ‘Psalm of the Sleepless Child’ is an extended composition of dark shuffling and rumblings: it’s bleak, and feels very much like the soundtrack to being lost in an anxiety dream from which you can’t wake up, before veering into very different and positively Krautrock territory.

The Frequency Of The Heart At Rest is by no means restful, but is a work of rare intensity, one that prompts palpitations through its woozy, off-kilter other-worldly disorientations. It’s a restless jumble of tension and fatigue, where nothing makes sense, and it’s truly wonderful.

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Awake in the night, the Danish duo AyOwA go searching their sub conscious to the haunting lyrics of Danish writer Mette Moestrup.  ‘Insomnia’ is the first single from their forthcoming EP ‘Farvel’, to be released in May 2018 on Copenhagen label Music For Dreams. Based on their trademark electronic approach, but this time with many acoustic elements, the duo goes exploring new sides of their nordic, dark, and moving electronic songs.

Watch the video to ‘Insomnia’ here:

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