NeverDeadDani's Half-Halloween Sounds 2017

#NeverDeadDani gives us what she's been listening to in the spirit of our week-long Half-Halloween celebration!

Jay Gordon - "Slept So Long"

For no reason I got on a kick where I had to listen to this song. The instrumentals at the beginning give me visuals of a vamp creeping out of their crypt, blending into somber chords of lament, transitioning to a chorus of angst and femme fatale. (That's how I picture it anyway, given that Queen of The Damned narrative revolves around Akasha’s power) The line from the chorus “I see hell in your eyes” also reminds me of a particularly unnerving scene in the Ninth Gate. In general the whole idea of heaven and hell has been on my mind since I watched The Omen for the first time in January, so maybe thats apart of it too.

Tricky - "Excess"

A rhythmic track, initially on The Queen of The Damned soundtrack although I had never paid attention to it until I heard it in the Thirteen Ghost soundtrack. I just picture the scene from that film, foraging and researching against the dark forces. During a time of frequent existential conflict and apocalyptic outlooks on the state of the world, this song hits the mark. Interesting fact, I recently discovered Alanis Morissette does the back vocals on this track. The more you know!  

Birthday Massacre - "Kill The Lights"

One of the bands that I look back on with nostalgia, because they have a sound of their own. Also admittedly would be scared to play them for just anyone, (due to morbid nature of some of their music)  but for a platform like this I feel like they fit right in.  This song leaves me with a sense of optimism and whimsy wanting to explore like Alice through the looking glass. The right amount of cutesy horror for spring season.

Nine Inch Nails - "March of the Pigs"

A song that is creepy while also serving vibes of resistance. (My mind says pigs? Prison Industrial Complex!) But the breaks in the song that go from zero to one hundred can really get you hyped up as a listener. Pigs in general are just creepy whether we’re talking about American Horror Story or the incorporation of the pigs in the SAW films! Definitely a topic we’re going to delve into on a future episode of the podcast.

Kavinsky - "Nightcall"

The song is not from a horror film, although Ryan Gosling’s cold demeanor in the film gives you a bit of a chill and reminds one of his old days playing a sociopath in Murder by Numbers. How can you listen to the wolf howl in this track, the eerie vocals or the other musical instruments without picturing old school horror films? For one thing the synthesizers  (I think thats what that sound is?) take me back to film favorites like creep show, and the thought of manipulated vocals make me think of voice changers. “Whats your favorite scary movie Sidney?”  This song was one of my favorite tracks to listen to when walking back from classes on campus at night and just soaking in the ambiance.

Don't be shy! Tell us what you're listening to this Half-Halloween!