Like many out there, music was a real comfort during the first year of the pandemic. There were many an album that brought just some pure joy to the RNRF offices but, being forever a Goth/Industrial kid at heart, none delivered more than Corlyx and their beauty called Together Apart which shared the top spot of our “20 for ’20” with 2 other records because, again, music did a lot for us in 2020. So saying that expectations are high for the next offering from the duo of Brandon Ashley and Caitlin Stokes is kind of a vast understatement.
After a slew of singles teasing the release and a false start or two, Blood In The Disco is almost ready to be unveiled for your listening pleasuring and it is, dare we say, even more -insert heart eyes emoji- than its’ predecessor. To put it simply, it’s a divine album that encapsulates the past, present, and future of the Brighton, U.K.-based outfit covered over 11 (Well, 12 if you count the Nero Argento remix of “Raindrops”) boisterous new tracks.
“Atrophy” is a killer comeback if you will and a quintessential Corlyx refresher that spirals out of Together Apart nicely (Think “Find The Killer” meets “White Wolf”) with “Raindrops” following, mixing the old with the new and featuring a subtle ode to another iconic duo at the onset of the chorus (Think Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart). We covered “The Echo” when it was unleashed back in September of ’21 and it sounds even more potent within the walls of BITD while “The Taste” is vibrant, vivacious, and kinda vicious as well with Stokes sounding positively heavenly with vocals switching between a sultry swoon and a hushed howl.
“Never Love” is a pulsating anti-Pop anthem that’s the best evidence for why the FFO (“For Fans Of” FYI) section of the press release cites Cyndi Lauper as Lord Of The Lost’s Chris Harms adds vocal accompaniment to Stokes’ lush delivery, “Incinerate” really gets its’ Post-Punk Goth on with a stirring track that’s Llke old school U2 (Especially those guitar lines by Ashley) mixed with early epic Goth anthems by The Cure, and “Lace And Latex” is a nasty and naughty romp that’s like a nice mix of Bones UK and Strvngers with the way Stokes casts a web of wonder with her wordplay.
“Like A Dagger” is modern New Wave at its’ finest as “The Threshold” follows with a haunting Post-Punk ditty built from Ashley’s exquisite instrumentation and Stokes’ commanding vocal presence. Then there’s “3.2.1.” which glistens as much as it grinds with a continuous Electro pulse that’s bumpin’ until the end of what is an easy contender yet again for our top spot of the year.
Blood In The Disco exceeds your expectations on November 25th through Out Of Line Music. Pre-order and pre-save yours now by clicking here. For more from Corlyx, follow them across the information superhighway when you head here, here, or here.