Dark and strange, noisy and contorted, but with a secretly pulsing taste of mystery, Vancouver based noise-electro creep maQLu [aka Pyra Draculea] has just released her fourth EP, “Futureghosts”, on April 30, 2012, available through her Bandcamp page for free download (name your price). In the same location and on the same bases you can also grab two other previous releases, “The Maqlu Tarot” and “blood.black.haze”, a CD album which incorporates her first three EP’s.
maQLu named as her influences bands and artists such as Skinny Puppy, Chris & Cosey, ohGr, Nine Inch Nails, and Revolting Cocks, she reminded me mainly of Diamanda Galás and her dark, liturgical trips, she have that experimental thirst of Shikhee of Android Lust, but also she have roots back to minimalist No Wave and even further, back to Kraftwerk-like electro experiments and the nerve of The Stranglers. This music is about atmosphere and feelings, rather then about rhythms and dance, this go to your brain and soul, rather then driven your feet.
maQLu’s debut EP, “Blood”, was released in April 2010, receiving airplay as far away as Australia and charting in several markets across Canada. The follow-up, “Black”, was released in October 2010 and bested its predecessor, hitting as high as #6 on !earshot’s national electronic chart in November. She has since put out a third EP, “Haze”, and a CD version of all three, blood.black.haze, in April 2011 as well as a 22-track experimental/improvisational/noise album, “The Maqlu Tarot”, as an online-only free album in early 2011 after debuting the collection on CiTR Radio’s 24 Hours of Radio Art on January 17, 2011.
Fans have described her music as “a beautiful abomination” while reviewers have said maQLu’s music is “a breath of fresh air in the electro scene” [James Wright of Soundsphere Magazine] and “an orchestration of foreign, unsettling industrial rock” [Tom Harrison of The Province].
Merging synthetic grooves and unidentified noises with more traditional approaches and instruments, interpretations – strings, semi-operatic vocals, lutes, organs, and horns – , “Futureghosts” it’s another journey of exploration beyond the borders of Industrial and Electronic music, beyond the borders of conventional and boredom.
The EP was programmed, recorded and mixed by maQLu at home and at her home away from home, a space she usually just calls “the synth cave.” As with maQLu’s previous three releases, Blood, Black, and Haze, the new EP was mastered by Scott Fox of Edmonton’s industrial dance genius outfit iVardensphere.
maQLu is also working on a second 2012 EP, scheduled for release in the second half of this year.
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