Demdike Stare (live)

Demdike Stare (live)

For the first few years of their career, Demdike Stare narrowed in on their chosen aesthetic with unswerving focus. They took their name from a 17th-century witch; they favored titles like “Suspicious Drone” and “All Hallows Eve” and “Forest of Evil (Dusk).” Drawing from horror soundtracks, Italian library music, African percussion records, and industrial acts like Nurse With Wound, they boiled down the mixture until it resembled the sticky black substance scraped from the bottom of an iron cauldron. Their dark ambient sound is spacious and profane, conjured over the course of two albums, several EPs, and the “Testpressing” single series, released on Andy Stott’s Modern Love label.

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