Welcome to the 7th edition of Writing Music Monday, where I share some of the dark, creepy, but highly danceable music that inspires my writing. Clear the room, put on your headphones, plug in and jam to some Goth/Darkwave/EBM good stuff.
Check out last week’s entry here for tracks 16-18 of the playlist.
Policy of Truth
The boys who brought synthpop to the mainstream. If you haven’t heard Depeche Mode, chances are you’re either a) incredibly young (like 6), or b) you’ve been living in a very dark box buried somewhere at the bottom of the sea. With brooding lyrics and utterly addictive electronic rhythms, Depeche Mode spent the 80s and 90s becoming a staple of radio play and dance clubs everywhere, and you only need to hear a few of their songs to understand why. ”Policy of Truth”, from their superlative album Violator, is one of their best.
A relative newcomer to the Electro Rock scene, this dynamic duo out of Belgium is quickly climbing up my list of favorite new acts. Mixing elements of Gothic rock with aggro-industrial and synthpop, Psy’Aviah is as capable of delivering a soul-scorching dance track as they are at producing slow and enchanting melodies. ”OK” falls closer to the latter, a slowly building and introspective song that lifts you up and then abandons you. Great stuff.
A blast from the past. Though Al Jorgensen would come to be known for hard-grinding industrial track like “Stigmata” or death metal hits like “Jesus Built my Hotrod”, once upon a time he was a synth-pop singing child of the 80s, complete with Robert Smith makeup and cheesy videos. ”Revenge”, from the early album With Sympathy, is a classic track from the early Goth era.
What music inspires your writing?