Sep 172021

Sexualizer is a synth and vocal album by James “Perturbator” Kent. The music is a weird crossroad of haunting, sexy and head-bopping. It is the kind of music that permeates into your background and makes anything you are doing feel so much cooler.

Now I have to be honest about something. There is a description on the bandcamp page for this album that explains the story of a porn actor getting hooked on drugs, murdering people and going to jail. I don’t know if I have every noticed any of that while listening to the music. That’s on me, but maybe you will. Either way, this is a lovely short album.

Aug 232021

Destruyr makes synth music inspired by horror movies. Some artists do this and create very tense music that sounds like a serial killer is about to murder your puppy and my anxiety goes through the roof. Destryur does something different and creates catchy songs and clever dialogue bits. I get the same warm feeling of thinking about a horror movie without the need to look over my shoulder.

Panic is my favorite album of theirs but I encourage you to check out more of their albums.

Jul 232021

God is an Astronaut is the name of an Irish post-rock band. Now, I have no idea what post-rock means but the band itself creates entire albums of sweeping instrumental music that is perfect for hitching rides on comets.

But to be fair, maybe not all of the albums are instrumental because I can’t seem to escape the gravitational pull of the album, All is Violent, All is Bright. It is a lovely album and one that always gives me peace and wonder when I listen to it.

Mar 262021

Did you ever listen to Enigma and thought to yourself, “Hey, I like these dance beats, but I wish these Gregorian Chants were replaced with women moaning, crying out and asking for it to be harder?” Well, Sexsonica has come to the rescue with not just one, but FOUR albums of just that kind of music in the Sexualsong series.

To be honest, they all sort of blend into one another but maybe that is the goal. These NSFW songs are not the kind you listen to while driving, doing chores or out on a walk but I find they make excellent smut writing music as it sounds like you’re trying to type during a dance club orgy. The few spoken words are repetitive enough not to be distracting for creative endeavors.

Of the four albums, I tend to like Sexualsong 2 the best.

Feb 222021

Gonzo Golden Globes is a compilation album of music inspired by 80’s porn soundtracks. When you mention porn music, most people think of the Bow-Chikka-Wow-Wow of the 70’s. The 80’s porn soundtracks were synthesizer melodies with driving beats and this album certainly evokes those unaccredited classics. Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if some of this music actually came from an 80’s porn soundtrack.

A lot of the music has samples from porn movie dialogue which is a plus in my book. Others are dialogue free but are often strong enough to stand on their own. A concept album like this would be danger of becoming repetitive but there is a shocking number of diverse songs in this album from a wide range of artists.

My favorite tracks are Bat Cat and Seduction.

Jan 112021

Kylie Minogue is the Empress of Pop as far as I am concerned. Every few years she releases a new album loosely based around a different theme and this year’s gift recreates music that should be played at Discos. Every song is danceable and every song lifts the spirit like an airy pastry.

Like the rest of us, Kylie was stuck at home and she ended up recorded this album in her house and doing her own sound engineering. Also like the rest of us, she got sick of the real world and desperately needed an escape. She succeeded with this album and I greatly adore it.

Look, last week was rough. Watching the Capitol building get invaded by racists and Nazis was psychologically devastating. We watched a coup attempt happen in real time. The country survived for now, but man, do I have anxiety for the future. We all need a little upbeat escapism in our lives and DISCO is doing that for me.

Dec 042020

Sometimes I need dramatic synth music sprinkled with the occasional spoken word for magic rituals, demon summonings, erotica magic writing or mood setting. When that happens, I turn to The Seven Sisters of Chaos, a concept album by Goremail. Each track is at least seven minutes long and nicely blend into one another. There is an element of danger and magic woo-woo in every song.

Goremail does a lot of interesting creepy music and I recommend checking all of them out. If you rather not have naked cartoon boobs on your album cover, The Seven Sisters are also available with a censored cover.

Nov 092020

Blood Machines is a science fiction short movie. It looks and feels like an 80’s issue of Heavy Metal come to life. Which means it looks great, has some cool moments along with some questionable taste. For a movie that ends with a female-empowering moment, it sure spends a lot of time treating women like shit. Maybe that is the point, but I am not sure if it carries it off or I am just projecting it onto the movie. All in all, it is a mixed bag and I am still not sure if I like it or not.

The soundtrack, however, is awesome. It goes from epic to ominous to epic again with some tension back to epic and almost post-orgasmic bliss. Yeah, I like it. It is my writing rotation for anything science fiction related.

Aug 212020

Invaders is an album by the artist, Hollywood Burns. It is a soundtrack to a science fiction movie that was never made. Forty-five seconds into the first track, and I felt like I was at a mythical drive-in about the watch the greatest science schlock ever. I can’t recommend it enough.

It is available for purchase at bandcamp.

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Jun 222020

Bandcamp is a freaking gold mine of music and lately I have been hitting rich veins of synthmusic. I am leaning more and more towards lyric-less writing music and synth hits that 80’s kind in me so perfectly.

My current favorite is Payback by the artist, Streetcleaner. It plays like a soundtrack to a revenge movie that was never made. There is not much else to say about other than it makes pretty good driving music as well.

Listen and purchase it here.