Redundancy destroys my life, It doesn‘t seem to be right.
A rat race on a torturous path I didn‘t want to be like this!
Straight from Darmstadt, Germany comes post-punk trio DELTΔ KOMPLEX, announcing the vinyl release of their 8-track album Veils, via Unterschall Records. Referring to their layered, complex sound, and the contradictory emotional landscapes they sculpt, the band’s sound blends darkwave, new wave, and gothic undertones. We hear elements of Siouxsie, Neue Deutsche Welle, and Lebanon Hanover, mixed with the dreaminess of bands like Berlin and Human League.
Overall, their haunting atmosphere comes from oscillating basslines, hypnotic beats, twinkling synth chords, and wistful guitars. Their ominous vocals, a female voice often seemingly coming from another dimension, anchors the music into an eerie soundscape.
The concept of the album examines Carl Jung’s psychic realm of the shadow self, where hidden motivations, fears, and desires secretly influence an outer façade to become an unknown imposter identity.
DELTΔ KOMPLEX sets the scene: “Blackbirds circle over the late summer forest, startled by the muffled sound from a nearby discotheque. Wavy synths and retro drum machines, teared apart by the guitars, and nostalgic vocals dreaming of a lost crush. We’re leaving the after-show-party at dawn, with a longing feeling of peace and fading emotions, missing the kiss we wished for so desperately.”
“Woods” sets the album’s dark mood perfectly, evoking aspects of The Cures’ Seventeen Seconds, and Clan of Xymon’s Medusa, with its spiraling guitars and forlorn vocals, with tempo changes, paving the way for, ‘Metronome,” a pulsing and brooding brand of catchy and danceable darkwave with captivating vocal and melodic hooks.
“La Chasse” is an atmospheric and memorizing haunted dream with its baroque synth composition, followed by the sombre and dark post-punk romance of the aforementioned “Blackbirds.”
“Darkside” is a gothic dirge with powerful vocals peeling away the veneer of the shadow self. “Bitter Dripping” continues the album’s perfection in recreating old-school sounds, with a contemporary fusion of synths. “Empty Souls” is almost deathrock with its plodding guitar melody and lively macabre mood.
The album ends with the dirgeful French coldwave duet “Myosotis,” bookending one of this year’s truly perfect releases.
Listen to the album “Veils” below, and order here:
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