-πΉπ’Άπ’Ύπ“‡π“Ž π‘…π’Ύπ“ƒπ‘”π“ˆ- Under A Different Moon

If there is one weakness, or bias, I have towards music is that I love a good piano piece. Especially one that is as soft and gentle as the one provided by -πΉπ’Άπ’Ύπ“‡π“Ž π‘…π’Ύπ“ƒπ‘”π“ˆ- an artist who has made one of the most beautiful tracks I’ve heard on soundcloud.

Which shouldn’t be a surprise, judging by the cover art alone. It was that cover art that immediately grabbed my attention. I mean, it’s a bunch of fairy children fighting a bat. Who in their right mind wouldn’t enjoy that. Yet the saying, “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover,” still applies. I can’t count the amount of times I’ve seen great cover art, only to be greeted by the ear rape of construction sounds. I’m so glad that this is not the case with this song.

The beginning has that Beatles Day in the Life beginning, as the atonal electronic landscape swells up into this beautiful piano piece. The piano is so rich, and so beautiful that it’s so refreshing to hear. With the advent of DAWs being available, either legally or illegally to millions of people, there’s something special about hearing a musician playing a competently well thought out piano piece.

Then there’s the vocals which lull you into this tranquil state of mind. The lyrics paint this melancholy vibe, which just adds more to the ambience of the whole track. Every musician loves that unique period in music, where the stars aligned, and pop music had substance. Whether it was The Beatles Sgt. Pepper, The Beach Boy’s Pet Sounds, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Prince’s Purple Rain, Nirvana’s In Utero or even Kanye West’s Life of Pablo (I don’t care, it’s my favorite album of his.)

It’s that moment where the sincerity and rawness of the avant garde meets the pop sensibilities of the masses. Where an emotion that seemed so individualistic, so private, to the artist is expressed, and the rest of the world nods their heads in an agreement that say, “This is what I feel.”

-πΉπ’Άπ’Ύπ“‡π“Ž π‘…π’Ύπ“ƒπ‘”π“ˆ- is that artist. Who is able to express in such a beautiful and elegant way the emotions that at first may seem individualistic, yet are shared by all of us. He is an artist that, I cannot wait to see his growth, because I can see the potential. All that has to happen is for the rest of the world to hear him.

Blue Ceremony: Slow Dance

I really didn’t get into music until I was 13. Sure I bought 50 Cent, Eminem, Xzibit, Godsmack, Linkin Park, and Papa Roach albums. The 00’s was really a terrible time for music, and finding any good album was like finding an oasis in a desert. It wasn’t until I got into skateboarding that I accidentally found bands like Joy Division, The Smiths, The Cure, Bauhaus, etc.

It’s a magical moment when you discover a whole music genre that you never knew existed. For me Goth music, Post Punk, Alternative, Indie, whatever you call it, was a genre I dismissed. Being raised in Southwestern Ohio, if you were in any way, shape, or form associated with Goth you’d automatically be called a Satanist, or whatever. To find out that this genre of music had some of the best, most sincere pieces of art was such a great surprise.

So discovering this song, is like a nostalgic recall of that time. It has all of the trademarks of great Goth bands. The guitar reverb heavy sound, that sounds like it’s being played in a bat cave. That creepy choir that borders on atonal creepiness, to full on camp. The beat that provides this sense of momentum before fluttering off into the night. And then finally those excellent vocals. The kind of post punk vocals that sounds like a vampire seducing some kind of young girl. This track has everything going for it.

Soundcloud usually gets a bad rap. It’s entirely deserved since the majority of the time it’s awash in the mediocrity that is cloudrap. So to find not only a unique artist, but one that fully embraces a genre that doesn’t get that much attention on soundcloud–is completely worth it. Not to mention the fact that this is a solo artist (as far as I can tell) which still blows my mind.

Anybody, and everybody who is an artist goes through a goth phase. Whether it’s through fashion, style, or art–we’ve all gone through it. And even though I am dudebro model 3.5, I still really enjoy the artistry that goes into this genre. Because of that I don’t have to go out on a limb to suggest you listen to it. But if you’re still unconvinced, then if you appreciate great art, great music, or just want some spooky tunes to groove to, then check out this song.