I did karate for years when I was a kid. I was never good at it. My best friend, my little sister, and my mother all had more aptitude for the craft than I did, but I wonder if I'd have been better at it if I'd had the video for "Life Worth Leaving" by Nightmare Fortress
-- which we're premiering -- to inspire me. The Seattle darkwave act have released the video -- which features two masked combatants doing what appears to be a two-person kata
in a sand circle -- and suddenly I want to strap on my old gi
and belt and visit my dojo
back home in West Virginia.
But beyond the expertly choreographed video, Nightmare Fortress is a must listen for all Zola Jesus fans. If that seems like a very specific reference...it is, but the combination of churning industrial rhythms, immense female vocals, and disorientingly beautiful strings/synths is pure sonic candy for anybody that cut their teeth on Nika Danilova. I always giggle a bit when new indie pop/rock subniches are created, but darkwave is the perfect descriptor of Nightmare Fortress's sound, and it's a wave I want to ride out to to the Nightmare Fortress sea.