Hi everyone! This week we're excited to release our first Death Waltz Originals title of 2019. For those unfamilar, Death Waltz Originals is our in-house sister label to Death Waltz that concentrates on non-soundtrack releases. Focusing mainly on the cutting edge electronic scene, we have released records by such artists as Pye Corner Audio, Deadly Avenger, Pentagram Home Video and many others. Even though these releases are not soundtracks they have a kinship with early ‘80s synth-scores and are heavily influenced by past electric music. You can find all of our Originals titles on our bandcamp page if you feel like checking them out here
On Wednesday we're continuing the collection with the new Hunter Complex record, 'Open Sea.' In addition, we'll have the brand new release from our friends at Burning Witches Records, which is a soundtrack for the film BLACK LAKE by BurningTapes. Enjoy folks.
As usual, new releases go on sale on Wednesdays at NOON (CT) via mondotees.com.
NEW THIS WEEK
DEATH WALTZ ORIGINALS
Hunter Complex - Open Sea. Artwork by Eric Adrian Lee. Pressed on 180 Gram Blue and Black Swirl with Green Splatter. Comes with a download card of the entire LP. Limited to 400 copies. Expected to Ship in January 2019. Ships Worldwide. $25
The long awaited new LP from Hunter Complex features 10 tracks of supreme synth goodness that are at the same time retro and yet totally futuristic. It’s musically rich in ideas; melodies intertwine with soaring synths and '80s style drum machines, but it never once feels like pastiche or a carbon copy of a bygone era. The hooks on this record are incredible; it's mix of warm analog and bright digital synths feature a layer of complexity that most records in this genre can’t hope to achieve.
BLACK LAKE - Original Soundtrack LP. Music by Burningtapes. Released on Burning Witches Records. Artwork by Denis Cardan. Pressed on Murky Clear vinyl with Blood Splatter. Distributed by Burning Witches Records. Limited to 300 copies worldwide. Expected to Ship in January 2019. Ships Worldwide. $27
BurningTapes brings forth from the lake an eerie composition of heavy filtering analogue synths and guitar manipulations in the score to the haunting and demonic 2019 film BLACK LAKE by K/XI. Dripping in glassy cold reverb and abrasive Moog. Prepare for an uneasy listen.
THELMA is a 2017 supernatural coming-of-age story directed by Joachim Trier. The film centers around Thelma, a shy introvert that leaves her family behind to go and study in the city. She befriends Anja, an outgoing student, and the two have an immediate and intense attraction. To say more would ruin the film as its dark tale of love, loss, and supernatural abilities unfolds. The score by Ola Fløttum is full of starkly beautiful dark strings and mood pieces washed over with the occasional synth drone or texture. It’s absolutely haunting and captivating, and ranks as one of our favorite scores from the last few years. $25
The score by Marco Beltrami is an absolute tour de force - it's basically another character in the film. It can be forceful and bludgeoning one minute and soft and reflective the next. His players twist their instruments to generate tones and textures not usually associated with them; the layers of sound and percussion on display are incredible. Composed by Marco Beltrami. $25