NeverDeadTalon's Half-Halloween Sounds 2017

Next up, #NeverDeadTalon gives us what he's been listening to in the spirit of our week-long Half-Halloween celebration!

Bring Me The Horizon - Sonic Area Remix (Can You Feel My Heart)

I really enjoy the abrasiveness met with such sudden dark harmonies and vibes brought in much of WitchHouse music, and this song exemplifies just that. The contrasting heavy beat and vocals with breakdowns really gets me here. And, feel free to call me emo, but I absolutely love the line “I can’t drown my demons, they know how to swim.”! And on that note, how could you not fall in love with those organs? I feel like a creep listening to this, and I like that.

Akira Yamaoka & Mary Elizabeth McGlynn - “O.R.T.”

Hands-down, in my opinion, best duo ever for erie music. Released on the Silent Hill Origins (or Silent Hill Zero) soundtrack, this is one of my favorites of the two. The title, “Oral Rehydration Therapy” is actually a technique used on burn victims in intensive care. Why is this important? Well, the lyrics speak of what is some father issue, which is relevant to the game plot. And in one of the beginning scenes, the main character saves someone from fire (this is his intro to Silent Hill). I could honestly keep making connections, but I think I’ve expressed my point. The levels to this song (along with its melancholic charm) is just too good.

Dry Cell - “Slip Away”

Anyone remember Freekstyle for the PS2? I do. When geeking out with #NeverDeadDani about the Queen of the Damned soundtrack, Dry Cell’s involvement in the soundtrack reminded me of this old gem. The progression of the song is something I love. Very cyclic in a good way and the breakdown is great too. Maybe it’s not the most “horror”esque song, but it’s heavy-dty attitude is great.

Daylyt - “Sweatshirt”

My favorite battle rapper Daylyt has been on a tear with great music lately. This one makes me want to stagger across the street and creep people out. His stream-of-conscious continuous rhymestyle that’s so multi-layered makes me think of a possessed entity trudging along in a zombie fashion. Really love this and can’t wait to hear more releases from Daylyt in the future.

Crystal Castles Feat. Robert Smith of The Cure - “Not In Love”

Maybe this identifies me as a poser, but I was introduced to not only Witch House by listening to SIdewalks & Skeletons, but so too was I introduced to Crystal Castles from him. Going through the rabbit hole that is Youtube, I came across this track that features Robert Smith. The synths on here are really cool and remind me of that “Return of the Living Dead” vibe.

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

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!