The series of posts ‘A Singular Soundtrack’ features music videos of songs that the Decimononic’s team finds inspirational. We are most pleased to share with you songs that match the aesthetic sensibility of Decimononic and give shape to its universe.
Archive for the A Singular Soundtrack Category
Darkher is the alias of Jayn H. Wissenberg, a West Yorkshire-based singer-songwriter. Let us quote Metal Temple in order to introduce you to Darkher:
‘Her work weaves Gothic themes and eery atmosphere around a base of dark ambiance. It is hard to pick out individual notions between the mix of entrancement, sadness, introspection and soul-searching curiosity that washes over you’.
‘Ghosts tears’ is the first track of her first ep, ‘The Kingdom Field’. Singular music, isn’t it?
The Circuncelion project began with Igor Mesmer in the spring of 2004, as a side project to his band Addiction. This Basque artist wanted to distance himself from the more conventional musical lenguange in order to develop what he called ‘sound visions’. Eschara was the result, a conceptual work based on his own impression arising from a number of images and testimonies from the Spanish civil war, forming a work of 9 instrumental symphonic arrangements.
Circuncelion’s second album, Carved In Waters, was released in 2010 featuring not only Igor, but also artist and classical pianist Romina Perez. Begotten Forgotten, the third album of the band, is a true masterpiece. 46 minutes of enchanment, melancholy and haunting beauty. ‘To one dead’ is just one example of this, demonstrating that Circuncelion’s music is comparable to the compositions of many of the most prestigious darkwave and ethereal groups.
Aghast Manor is a discontinued project of Andrea Haugen, a German singer and musician very recognised in the European underground music scene. She was married to Tomas Haugen, a multi-instrumentalist well known in the Norwegian black metal scene, and became popular due to the success of her collaboration with Tania Stene: the dark ambient project Aghast.
Andrea is responsible for the music of Hagalaz’ Runedance, a project she dedicated to the pagan spirituality of Northern Europe. Since 2003 she releases all her music under her artist name of Nebelhexë. She also writes filmscripts since then, both horror and satire (and her music has been included in several soundtracks).
Aghast Manor was a side project with two full-lenght albums: Gaslights and Penetrate (the theme ‘Fear’was the penultime song of the first one).
Sit back and relax. As we always say, beauty may be found in unexpected places…
Who are Othon Mataragas and Ernesto Tomasini?
Othon Mataragas (1979, Athens – Greece), a.k.a. OTHON, is a London-based composer, pianist, songwriter, producer, DJ and club promoter.
For its part, Ernesto Tomasini (1968, Palermo – Italy) is an Italian actor, singer and writer living in Britain with a long career on the stage. In 2013 he was awarded the prize ‘Sicilian in the World’.
Taken from the Wikipedia entry about Ernesto Tomasini:
‘For six years he has been the muse of composer Othon Mataragas. As Othon & Tomasini they have performed in some of Europe’s most prestigious concert halls, theatres, museums and churches. They feature on the soundtrack of Bruce LaBruce’s film: Otto; or, Up With Dead People, they performed at the show of hat designer Nasir Mazhar for the London Fashion Week (an experience that Ernesto repeated on his own the following year) and were special guests at Marc Almond’s London concert at the Roundhouse. In 2010 they made their West End debut and performed at the National Portrait Gallery. Othon’s first album, in which Tomasini sings alongside Almond and David Tibet, was released in 2008 on the Durtro Jnana label. 2011 saw the distribution of their first single and music video together and Othon’s second album, Impermanence, in which Tomasini and Almond are joined by Camille O’Sullivan as guest singer, on Cherry Red/SFE. In 2012 the same label published their second single and video. In 2014 Othon released his third album and in it Tomasini sung two dance tracks’.
‘Last Night I Paid To Close My Eyes’: the video
Othon’s debut album, Digital Angel, was released at the end of 2008 on the Durtro Jnana label. His second album, entitled Impermanence, in November 2011; it was voted by leading Greek music website Postwave.gr the best Greek album of 2011.
Who is Jeff Zentner?
Jeff Zentner lives currently in Nashville (Tennessee, USA) and is known for his work with the Southern Gothic trio Creech Holler (formed in in 2004).
His first solo album was ‘Hymns to the Darkness’ (November 2006), shortly after moving to the mountains of North Carolina from Tennessee. His second solo album was ‘The Dying Days of Summer’ (April 2009), followed by ‘A Season Lost’ (July 2012).
His songwriting is influenced by songwriters like Townes Van Zandt or Leonard Cohen, and writers such as Cormac McCarthy, Joe Bolton, Jack Gilbert and Michael Ondaatje. His lyrics deal with time, death, memory and love.
Guests collaborators in his albums include Andria Degens (Pantaleimon, Current 93), Hannah Fury, Josie Little, Katiejane Garside (Ruby Throat, Queen Adreena, Daisy Chainsaw), Matt Bauer, Jay Foote, Sara Zentner…