Another featured compilation, this time focusing on the post-punk subgenre of, as the title implies, deathrock.
Brooklyn label Sacred Bones have put together ten tracks from obscure bands they say have yet to receive due recognition. The tracks date from 1978 to about 1987 and few sum up the compilation better than the track we feature here, What's Wrong Yvette by Crank Call Love Affair.
A Denver band, What's Wrong Yvette was their only release, a self-released 7". Virtually unknown, it's now been thrust into our collective conscience by this savvy label.
"The thread that holds these groups together", say Sacred Bones, "as deathrock bands comes down to their willingness and sometimes compulsion to reveal and explore the darker side of their psyches. Night-soaked dirges of fatality, despair, and horror were rampant, rooted in that sublimity that is found on the edge of the horror genre, as famously developed by Edgar Allan Poe — an edge that relished in misery and openly recognized the inevitable end of any human life."