From the opening synths I knew the song, “Capsize” was going to be one hell of a haunting track. The bass and vocals enter and the tone is immediately set.
There’s something pulling about thisBig Black Delta track. Perhaps it’s the searing guitars and crunchy synthesizers, the 80′s influence and anthemic nature. I love the slow, menacing build up and the drawl of Jonathan Bates. Off of Bbdlp1, “Capsize” pushes out industrial sounding electronic music that’s full of grit.
Take more of a look inside Bates’ solo project here. Right-click and enjoy.
I was lucky enough to pick up his Contaminationalbum/EP a few months ago on a whim. I can’t remember where I first heard it but I still remember being completely immersed in it. The whole collection is very cinematic sounding. With its driving arpeggios and industrial/electronic sound it sort of reminds me of the soundtrack to some throwback horror movie. And I really enjoy it.
It’s not all, all, “freaky-scary” sounding though, as there are a few elements of non-vocal (except for a few select samples throughout) synth pop thrown in there as well. Overall it’s just a really enjoyable and immersing piece of work. As I said above, listening to it really creates a whole cinematic environment and brings you right into the album as if you were seeing it unfold before your eyes.
Anyway, here are a couple of my favorites.
The tape version is currently sold out but you can still download all 6 songs for $3 bucks on Xander’s bandcamp.