Kraut-Psych-Synth Duo Score With New Swirling Single ‘THANK YOU’ From Their Upcoming 4th LP

New striking strokes

26 August 2022

(photo by Luz Gallardo via No Exit PR/Fuzz Club)

Band: The Vacant Lots
Who: Minimalist post-punk/synth-pop duo – Jared Artaud and Brian MacFadyen – from NYC. They gouge into the city’s immortal outsider spirit and underground cultural tropes, set against a pulsating backdrop of modern apocalypse.
Active: Since 2010 / 4 studio LPs so far (new one incl.)

New album: CLOSURE
Release: 30th September via Fuzz Club Records
Pre-order info: here

Album artwork by Ivan Liechti

“Created under isolation, ‘Closure’ is the fourth album from Brooklyn duo The Vacant
Lots and is Jared Artaud and Brian MacFadyen’s most fully realized work to date. The record
packs 8 minimal is maximal salvos into 23 minutes that coalesce into a stun-blast soundtrack for today’s shattered society. Laced with evocatively concise and lacerating lyrics delivered detached and deadpan, ‘Closure’s spine-chilling onslaught of towering guitar shrapnel, ethereal metallic synth melodies and cold electronic turbulence comes infused with shades of New Order and Jesus And Mary Chain.

The kind of modern disco and post-punk grooves that pillaged New York clubs in the 80s. Inevitably, the penetrating spirit of New York electronic trailblazers Suicide haunts the new record with its subterranean gravitational pull, having previously manifested physically when the two-piece befriended the late Alan Vega, leading to collaborations and support spots. “

New single: THANK YOU

Expect an electronic toe-tapping banger with a speedy repetitive drive that makes your eager head rotate and drones in your head on repeat. Razzle-dazzle Kraut-psychedelia bringing German pioneers Can and Faust, but in a modern-day modus.

This instant sticking mind-twister has a stimulating effect
on your bloodstream. Thank you for that, Vacant Lots. Score!

Press play and get puzzled…


Brain-Breaking Doomsday Psychedelia – French Force THE PSYCHOTIC MONKS Drop Single ‘ISOLATION’

Daily fuel to load your batteries…

(photo: Clara Marguerat)

French psychedelic force THE PSYCHOTIC MONKS, formed in 2015,
unleash their new, second longplayer PRIVATE MEANING FIRST this
Friday, 27th November.

The LP was recorded in near-total isolation in the French countryside
where they deliberately created a claustrophobic environment, resulting
in a tense atmosphere that can be heard throughout the album.

Early October they shared the pitch-black, storming lead-single Closure.

Today the band dropped another piece, titled ISOLATION, clearly made to have a brain-breaking impact. No birds and bees fairy tales for these far-out bohemians. Expect a sort of ominous Texas Chainsaw Massacre jam. A Doomsday trip moving like a nasty serpent on its destructive way. A hypnotizing Krautrock trash and slash discharge going forth and back. You have been warned.

Shiver here…

This live version is pretty dazzling too…

And here the eye-catching short film for crushing lead-single CLOSER


PRIVATE MEANING FIRST out 27th November via Fat Cat Records

(Artwork by Charlotte Clément)