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Kælan Mikla describe their music as appealing to fans of “dark and dreary music”, but there’s more dark magic than dreariness in the Icelandic dark wave synth trio’s sound, as “Ósýnileg” here shows:

Kælan Mikla was founded in 2013 as an entry in a Reykjavik, Iceland poetry competition, somehow evolving into a dark wave synth trio, releasing their first song in 2015, followed by albums and performing at international festivals. “Ósýnileg” (invisible) is from their upcoming 4th album which they say “will mostly revolve around folklore and fairytales, drawing the band even deeper into their realm of magic and mysticism.”

The music of Kælan Mikla is likely to appeal to contemporary dark wave synth-pop artists like Boy Harsher, and Death And The Maiden.

From the darkest corners of Dunedin’s experimental music underground, the“Rag & Bone 2018” album by Odessa managed to avoid detection by PopLib until April of this year. It’s an extraordinary slice of industrial lo-fi darkwave with a soulful heart. Here’s “Potential To Kinetic”:

Back in April we shared a haunting track “to a place” by Ana Moser from the Dunedin compilation …And It Could Be Right Now – New Music From Ōtepoti​/​Dunedin. Moser’s previous music was with duo Odessa, so “Rag & Bone 2018″ required further investigation, and turned out to offer some similar darkly wonderful music.

The stand out tracks are the opener “Cool Breeze” and “Potential to Kinetic” here. Moser’s vocals provide an enthralling heart of soulful jazz-blues stylings to contrast with the industrial grind, effects, disorienting lo-fi samples, and mechanical rhythms.

This track in particular sounds like a kind of hybrid of some of the elements of the music of Massive Attack, Portishead, and HTRK, but created on a Dunedin underground musician budget, and sounding all the better for that. The track creates a menacing sense of dislocation, electronic sounds eroded by the glitch and decay of digital artifacts, vocals moving in and out of focus.

Elsewhere the album tracks alternate between pummeling distorted pulses and minimalist soundscapes of artfully decelerated, brutally primitive dark-wave industrial dance music, some of which feature more of Moser’s magical vocals.