Montréal-based electronic synthwave producer Das Mörtal has unveiled a new album, BURY THE SORROW, released on the 13th of October via Lisbon Lux Records. BURY THE SORROW is the latest addition to Das Mörtal’s arsenal of EPs and albums, which have received over 20 million streams on Spotify alone. He has appeared at numerous major festivals such as Osheaga, Transmusicales de Rennes, and Meg Festival, while opening on tours for the likes of Vitalic, Perturbator, Gesaffelstein and Carpenter Brut. He has played at nearly 100 shows since 2015, including more than 70 dates in the U.S. and Europe (UK, France, Scandinavia). Additionally, he has received substantial media and radio support across multiple countries and earned a presence on influential YouTube channels like NewRetroWave. His music has garnered praise from esteemed industry publications such as CLASH Magazine, KALTBLUT Magazine and METAL Magazine, to name a few. Inspired by the likes of Steve Moore and Aphex Twin, Das Mörtal’s sound is dark and nostalgic, masterfully blending genres from techno to synthwave to horror/sci-fi film soundtracks.
Unlike his previous projects, BURY THE SORROW is deeply personal – it explores themes of psychological distress, social pressures and other troubles exacerbated by quarantines during the Covid-19 pandemic. The tracks shift constantly in style and mood – from techno to trap with hints of dark trip-hop, each song has a distinct mood, but they are all dark and unstable – a reflection of the mindset that created them. Despite these shifts and variations, the album maintains the occult electro & techno aesthetic that Das Mörtal has come to be known for. The focus track, ‘NOSHAME’, is a bleak and melancholic synthwave soundscape with glitchy effects. Tonally dark but thematically optimistic, Das Mörtal sings about transcending one’s own insecurities. Carried by washed-out synths and driving a four-on-the-floor beat, it is both dance-ready and deeply introspective.
Das Mortal had this to say about the LP: “Making this album had been a mostly difficult time for me, that was filled with unhealthy dark moments, but I wanted to end on a lighter and more hopeful tone. Even though the process of producing all these tracks had broken me a bit, I wouldn’t let it keep me from eventually finding life fun again. I thought that the classic “feel good” Breakbeat Hardcore beats from 90’s UK raves would help bring the idea of ending on a positive note home with its old-school breaks and stabs that made so many people rage on the dancefloors back then.“
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