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Exclusive: Premiere of Rays by Schonwald

Alt Dialogue is very pleased and honoured to present to you the exclusive premiere of Schonwald’s new single Rays, courtesy of the French record label Anywave.

Schonwald are a duo from Italy, specialising in delicate atmospheres: hypnotic minimalist mood and a noise inclination with echoes of  Suicide, New Order, The Cure, mingling with synth melodies straight from the ’80. Their first album « Amplified nature » was realized in February 2009 on a special Vinyl edition including CD on Pocket Heaven Records (Lux).

Rays is an hypnotic post punk / new wave track, the frail vocal line is both haunting and enthralling. The drum machine beat drives the track over a wash of synths and pulsating bass. The sinister tone to the track makes one that you’ll revisit countless times. The minimalist electro deceives the complexity on display, new nuances and beats will surface one awch listen. Released on the 23rd June, it’s the first insight we get on the bands forthcoming album, pencilled in for release in the autumn (through Anywave records).


Accompanying Rays is the ethereal b-side Lower Lovers. Another gem. The video for Rays is a black and white old-fashioned video, shot outside in a beautiful landscape (on a beach and a forest close to Ravenna), and is meant to be a kind of crossover between Antonioni’s Deserto Rosso and a very post-punk aesthetic. Check it out below:

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