The latest from Uncanny Chambers brings a classic darkwave undertone that borders on post-punk and breathes as songs build and synths cut, vocals have a shimmer but still remain slightly mysterious as if they're a shadow in a dark corner of the room singing to you, and it all feels somehow comforting as all hell.
The songs on the memento Mori EP tastefully touch on a series of synth driven genres some with more edge that others, some with more darkness than other, some with a vintage synth-pop.
They songwriting is heavy handed with deepening beats drenched in reverb, some addictive progressions and melodies that cinematic and impactful, and the texture of the vocals that mixes in with those elements is perfection.
The approach to it all is clever and touches on that nostalgic undertone that makes these songs feel welcoming in their edginess.
There was a great deal of attention to detail in the creation of these tracks and you can really get an understanding for the love that went into these songs.
Most of these make you want to move your ass. They are danceable and have great energy to go along with the cyberpunk cinema soundscape they come with.
With such a killer EP release, we wanted to have a chat with Uncanny Chamber to talk shop.
Here's what went down.
RAG: Okay so let's start with the Momento Mori EP. This record has a killer darkwave undertone to it! Where did this record come from?
The purpose of this EP was to create intense melancholic sounds that make people think about life and death. To give voice to the songs I invited artists linked to gothic and metal music.
RAG: I'm hearing some great styles on this release. Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
I try to do something that is more on the dark electronic side with some industrial touches. My musical influences are Depeche Mode, Bauhaus, Laibach, Kraftwerk and Sisters Of Mercy.
RAG: So how did this all begin for you really? When did you fall in love with making music?
Uncanny Chamber was born precisely in 2021. I had the desire to create an alternative musical project. In 2020 I decided to learn music in a more focused and direct way. I had piano lessons and also did a course on music production. I've always had a passion for synthesizers and drum machines. Since I was a teenager, electronic music has always been fascinating to me.
RAG: What's next for you as an artist?
I'm preparing the next álbum and a female vocalist who will integrate the project. Continuing to explore dark ambient sounds and ideas, but with a vocalist already in the band.
RAG: What inspires you to write a song?
I see the sound of Uncanny Chamber as emotional, intense and introspective. The goal is to dive in the deepest murky waters of human emotions whether in slower songs or in more danceable songs. And when I'm writing, that's what I think about.
RAG: What are you doing when you're NOT working on music?
I work in Cyber Security Engineering. It really is my profession.
RAG: Who are you listening to right now?
Tempers, Soviet Soviet and Assemblage 23.
RAG: Are you doing live performances?
Not yet. The first performance will be in August, here in Portugal. I invited the voices from the EP, sometimes it is more difficult to adjust everything.
RAG: This EP seems like a big undertaking. What kind of advice might you have for other up and coming artists out there?
Never give up on your dreams! I always had a dream of making music, playing an instrument. Right now I'm 43 years old and I've a record. It's never too late to do anything. Art is within us and we should all explore it.
RAG: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?
Music is a feeling! Music brings people together!