Throughout the ’90s, Germany’s Hyperium Records released a series of Heavenly Voices compilations. As the name suggests, they highlighted goth, industrial, darkwave, post-punk, and neofolk bands fronted by female vocalists who had — you guessed it — heavenly voices.
This month’s playlist — titled “Heavenly Voices, Volume One” — is my attempt at highlighting some of my favorite ethereal female vocalists across the aforementioned genres. I intentionally skipped the more prominent and obvious singers (e.g., Dead Can Dance’s Lisa Gerrard, Cocteau Twins’ Elizabeth Fraser), opting instead to highlight some lesser known but no less deserving — and no less heavenly — singers.
Accompanying the playlist is the latest episode of my“Playlist Breakdown” podcast, in which I spotlight one of the playlist’s songs and why it’s so special, interesting, and/or meaningful. In this month’s episode, I discuss “Stare Into Light,” the dreamy opening track from Velour 100’s sublime debut album, 1996’s Fall Sounds.
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