The 20JFG floating palace follows along strange lay lines. Occasionally, these lines intersect: a theatrical piece of gothic synth-pop here, re-watching Twin Peaks there. Not that Lynch wasn’t partial to gothic synth-pop of course…but it’s the poker-faced use of 50s youth culture staples to create a climate of absurd horror that we’re going for here.
King Stag’s woozy gothic doo-wop does all of the above: the skeleton of some upbeat drive-in swinger, caked in black, slowed to a drawl. And when the doo-wop fades: an organ straight from a B-Movie soundtrack, oscillating around and around Forrest Ferguson’s theatrical words.
Dean Stockwell would be proud.
You can get Tight Rope, the album that La Danse Macabre comes from, on King Stag’s Bandcamp: here.