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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Dylan Ettinger and Goldendust find solemn intimacy on DKA's debut 7-inch


As an extension of DKA, Atlanta's sole proprietors of cold wave, goth, and left-field dance music, DKA Records has established a firm foothold in the ranks of DIY labels both within the city and beyond with DKA001. This 7-inch bears heavy aesthetic resemblance to classic goth and post punk singles and tapes, with stark black-and-white imagery and xeroxed inserts creating a minimalist vibe with an utilitarian approach. The single pits two breakouts of the underground synth scene together for a split of forward-thinking, avant-garde pop, with Bloomington, IN's Dylan Ettinger and Iowa City, IA's Goldendust.

Ettinger's offering, "the Pale Mare," is a tune that continues his recent retreat into shadowed, back-lit pop, following the starkly beautiful Lifetime of Romance LP and the gritty, haunted auras of the Crucify Your Love EP. The slow and heavy rhythm is hypnotically foreboding, pounding out its pace with a towering posture. The synth chords reign in like a torrent of static, bearing as much weight on the scene as the deranged and unassuming melody. Ettinger's vocals resemble a deepened, delayed, and distorted version of Robert Smith's proto-goth howls, suggesting Pornography's most alienated moments.

The B-side comes courtesy of frantically romantic post-punk duo Goldendust. "Truth," a near 7-minute breakup song that serenely maxes out the 7-inch's duration limit, perfects witching hour synth pop with brisk beauty. The softly lysergic guitar drifts along, carrying an emotive and warped tide of sound. The melody and slow moving rhythms bring an air of nostalgia, ditching any real chorus for a cycle of verse after verse of melancholic pop. Goldendust strays from the song's direct course only twice to emphasize the sullen statement with brief interludes of austere meddling.

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