Category Archives: Steampunk

Unwoman

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📷 Rita Flores

Unwoman is easily one of my favorite performers, I’ve been following her career for ever.
Links at end of the post for my prior items regarding Unwoman on the old blog.

Unwoman has a new album coming out August 12, Uncovered Vol 3.
Now vol 1 and vol 2 are regulars on my playlist.
You only have to listen to the opening track, a cover (of course) of “Take me to Church” that great song by Hozier, to appreciate how talented Unwpman is.

As I understand it congratulations are in order for a forthcoming event.

Anyway, let’s get to the wonderful music of Unwoman.

First up you may recognize the song by Duran Duran, but this is a very different version. Unwoman is joined by IrinaXara at Clockwork Alchemy 2016, in the Doubletree Hotel, San Jose, CA. Superb cello, voice and dance. A real treat.
The Chauffeur

video by Kat Mulkey

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📷 MK Studios Photography

A beautifully made music video, with Unwoman’s cello as always sublime as are the vocals.
I Could Have Killed The King

Produced, Written and Directed by: Arashi Cesana
Editing and Set: Zephyr
Lighting: Amin James
Production Assistant: Marcel Lee, Hazim Muftek, Casey Loufek
Actors: Erica Mulkey, Jamie Legaspi, Joan Legaspi, George Cesana

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📷 David Graves

We’ll finish with yet another great tune from the amazing Unwoman. A beautiful period piece, not sure which period but it works for me. Maybe Victorian? I’m so glad I re-visited Unwoman.
Intertwined

Directed by Jerrold Ridenour
Music by Unwoman

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📷 Audrey Penven

As promised earlier, here is a preview of the amazing album.

Uncovered Vol 3

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📷 Audrey Penven

As promised here are the links to the old blog, again please ignore the stupid warning that Blogger has landed me with, there is no smut there. I have included the songs featured on the posts to allow you to pick out your favorites.  Some song are duplicated, but they are all different versions.

Sep 29 2010 ~ The City ~ Crucify ~ Trouble
Aug 28 2011 ~ Hurt ~ Fugue Fugue ~ Trouble ~ The City
May 10 2012 ~ Beautiful Fish ~ I know it’s over ~ Written in Red
Sep 26 2012 ~ Running Up That Hill Like a Boy ~ The City at Ball of Cthulhu
Oct 31 2012 ~ Love Song For A Vampire
Mar 1 2013 ~ The Snowstorm
Jul 1 2013 ~ In Power We Trust The Love Advocated ~ Goodbye Horses ~ What’s Up? ~ Young And Beautiful

Jordan Reyne

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I recently stumbled across this amazing young lady. I really like the divergence of her sounds. I’m a bit late to the party, but hopefully I can catch up.

Jordan Reyne is an experimental musician originally from New Zealand, now living in the UK. Jordan’s sound has been variously described as “industrial-tinged folk“ and “antipodean Steampunk” yet defies any cut and dried genre description. She combines the two usually disparate genres of folk and industrial, bringing in Celtic vocal melody, historically based narrative and the sounds of steam, iron and industrial “found sound”. Several of her releases are set in the time of the Industrial Revolution.
[Wikipedia]

So that’s got the background filled in, let’s get to the music.

Where to start? Where to start?

I’ll let Jordan tell you about my first selection.

Birth Ritual is the first track from the EP trilogy “Maiden, Mother, Crone” and is a tale about the rituals surrounding the gender construct – how we learn to perform the dances required of us based on our physicality at birth. Jordan Reyne

This is a hypnotic all-encompassing track. With a very evocative video.
Love it.
Birth Ritual

Made entirely with archive footage purchased from Shuttterstock

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Steampunk Goth at it’s finest. A truly out of the norm song.
I’m digging it.
The Washing Machine Song

City of Women Festival, Menza pri koritu @ AKC Metelkova City, Ljubljana, Slovenia, October 12, 2015

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Once again we’ll let Jordan set the scene.

A tale of a man who refuses to pay the price for his choices, by attempting to avoid making any. Sadly, not choosing often turns out to be a choice of it’s own. Jordan Reyne
Jordan’s voice on this track is awesomely amazing.  Awesomely not sure if that is a word, but it is a feeling.
The Ferryman

A shadow puppet video made on almost zero budget, but with a lot of sellotape.
Music by Jordan Reyne
Story, set and character design by Jordan Reyne
Puppeteers Jordan Reyne & Alvin Chua

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OK, this is my favorite track from Jordan. The percussion, the surrounding sound, that voice, the passion and the way the song progresses. Just Awesome. And a little bit scary, in a good way.
The Annihilation Sequence

The title track to the electronic industrial album “The Annihilation Sequence”.
Video by Chris Baker.

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We’ll finish up with a beautiful live recording of the track “Don’t Look Down” filmed by Chris B during a web broadcast gig in Jordan’s flat at Studio 45. Jordan makes use of two Digitech Harman Jamman loop pedals to build up the vocal and guitar layers live.
I’ve always been a fan of looping, maybe because there is a computer involved but it is mainly the talent of the artist.
Don’t Look Down

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