Male Tears was initially founded in 2020 by James Edward who was later joined by Frank Shark the following year. The band released a quickly released their self-titled debut album and its follow-up record Trauma Club in 2021, both of which playfully exhibited new-wave, goth, and Italo influences through a DIY bedroom pop filter, capturing the fun and exuberance of a night at Planet X or The Batcave during the 80s heyday.
Vandal Moon, a Santa Cruz synthpop duo comprised of Blake Voss and Jeremy Einsiedler, are one of the best current acts of the genre, capturing the best of 80s post-punk and darkwave with sad melodies and lyrics gazing toward a sci-fi future with their retro wave electric dreams.
The remix of “Belladonna” is both melancholic and bewitching, slowing down the dancefloor-friendly track into a haunting romantic interlude that is likely to be one of the best darkwave reworkings of a track this year.
Listen and watch the Vandal Moon remix of Male Tears’ “Belladonna” below:
Find the Vandal Moon Remix of “Belladonna” on Bandcamp here.
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