Music for a Fairy Fest

I can’t take any credit for this one. An old friend DJ’d an event hosted by Crone’s Hollow, an occult store in Salt Lake City. There was a day-long event culminating in a dance party called the Fairy Rade. I have an unashamed weakness for all things tribalgoth and dark pagan, including this sort of great music. They weren’t able to record directly off the board so I threw together a YouTube playlist of the music played that evening.

d j. d r o w n’s playlist, Fairy Rade 2015

  1. Irfan – Star of the Winds
  2. Dead Can Dance – the Host of Seraphim
  3. Faith and the Muse – Elyria
  4. Miranda Sex Garden – Ardera Sempre
  5. Wendy Rule – Creator Destroyer
  6. Cruxshadows – Sophia
  7. The Mission – Severina
  8. Faith and the Muse – Vervain
  9. Die Form – Cantique 1
  10. Lorena McKennitt – To the fairies, they draw near
  11. Rasputina – Hunters Kiss
  12. Siouxsie – Trust in Me
  13. This Ascension – mysterium
  14. Sting – Desert Rose
  15. Front Line Assembly – Providence
  16. E nomine – Mittenacht
  17. Nosferatu – the Wiccaman
  18. Kate Bush – Running Up that Hill
  19. Lorena McKennitt – mummers dance
  20. Razor Skyline – Queen of heaven
  21. Emilie Autumn – Across the Sky
  22. Trobar de Morte – natural dance
  23. Regan High Priestess – Airetaina
  24. Priscilla Hernandez – I steal the leaves
  25. The Gathering – In power we entrust the love advocated
  26. enya – the celts

Review: Cold Mailman – “Everything Aflutter”

Scandinavian music can get really stark: nihilistic black metal, lonely folk tunes, epic Sibelius symphonies. But so often, especially these days, they turn out some of the sweetest pop music you’ve ever heard. “I KNOW we live in a tree-bound land of wintry dark, but let’s drink some gløgg and hold hands!” For my money Norway’s Cold Mailman is one of the most exciting acts in European music. The synths here run intricate and deep, complementing the thought-provoking (if heavily accented) lyrics from Ivar Borwitz. It’s all laid over a solid modern rock backbone that keeps your head bobbing; the effect is happily reminiscent of mid-era Beatles and ambitious-yet-accessible 70s arena rock. They don’t seem to have made much of a splash yet here in the States, but with singles like this that should soon change. Fans of Maia Hirasawa, the Field Mice, Kings of Convenience, or Mates of State should check these guys out. Everything Aflutter is out now on Beyond Music records.