Don’t let the name fool you: Blond:ish are making some seriously dark ish on their new single for Kompakt. This is the Montreal-via-London duo’s second record for the Cologne label, and like last year’s Lovers in Limbo EP, it puts a shadowy spin on the swirling, hypnotic style of house music long practiced by Kompakt’s Michael Mayer and Superpitcher. “No Place Like Gnome” sounds a little like a gothed-out remake of Superpitcher’s own “Rabbits in a Hurry,” in fact, but this rabbit hole leads straight to a deep, dank chamber whose interior decoration is inspired by David Lynch, complete with velvety delay and a hint of twangy electric guitar. Per its title, “Inward Vision” is similarly psychedelic, with distant voices rippling above rock-steady low toms beating out an Italo-disco war dance; church organs tussle with the eerie cry of a snake charmer’s horn, making for a spellbinding collision between the sacred and the profane.
Blond:ish’s Inward Visions EP is out this week; listen to both tracks in full right here.