Tuesday, 14 July 2015

A Gothic Lolita Soundtrack

Hello bats! I thought it would be fun to do some more lifestyle-related posts, so here's one about music.

As a western goth, music has always been an incredibly important part of my subculture. So even though lolita is strictly a fashion style, I still like to think about what kind of music would suit what substyle. When I think of EGL/EGA fashion, the ideas that come to mind are elegance, drama, romance, and darkness. So I tried to come up with some artists that fit the bill.

And just to get it out of the way, here are the same (excellent) artists everyone always recommends when the topic comes up: Ali Project, Die Milch, Malice Mizer, Kanon Wakeshima, Moi dix Mois, Kokosyoku Sumire, and every baroque composer ever who has ever existed. There.

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Lacrimosa is a gothic orchestral band. Their albums are pretty varied, but Elodia has a wonderfully sinister, aristocratic sound. I would describe this album as one-part film score to a Victorian period drama, one-part gothic metal, one-part 90s visual kei. It's excellent for days when I'm feeling exceptionally ~* dark *~ and dramatic.

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Stillste Stunde

Stillste Stund is an experimental darkwave band. They're very unique...hauntingly beautiful vocals, simple backing tracks, and a really nice creepy atmosphere.

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Cross Vein

 And now for something completely different. Cross Vein is pretty much the unholy lovechild of Versailles and Kokosyoku Sumire, which is precisely why I love them. It shouldn't work, but it does.

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GPKISM's music is an interesting mixture of dark electro and visual kei with orchestral elements and dramatic vocals. The video is worth watching because the potato-like video quality and goth cliches say 1999, but the timestamp says 2009. Also, "Barathrum" sounds like "bathroom." Tee hee.

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The Birthday Massacre

The Birthday Massacre is a flawless example of when spooky-cutesy goth meets 80s synthpop, which makes them a pretty accessible to your average gothic lolita. Let's just say they're more Paramore than Killing Joke. Also, they're based out of Toronto. Gotta rep my hometown!

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Kaya (a former member of Schwarz Stein) is sort of in the same vein as GPKISM with a blend of visual kei, orchestral, and electronic influences. And impeccable fashion sense.

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Rose Noire

Rose Noire is all about creepy backing tracks, spooky violins, quirky (read: bizarre) gratuitious English. Winning combination! This is the only Youtube link I could find, so I hope you enjoy Spanish subtitles.

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Lacroix Despheres


Lacroix Despheres features lovely male vocals that are much more operatic and less nasally than typical visual kei vocals. They also have beautiful orchestral backing tracks.

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Neoclassical darkwave meets chamber music. Beautiful, dark, and very sombre. Honestly, it just sounds like some kind of funeral music, or the score for a horror movie. Perfection.

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That's it for now. I hope you enjoyed this post! What kind of music would you associate with EGL/EGA?

1 comment:

  1. Theatre of Tragedy...Theatres des Vampires...and Kaya. LOOOOOTS of Kaya. But I honestly associate a lot of dark and heavy music with strange styles, so I'd say softer songs by Eisbrecher and OOMPH!, too, for instance...Such as Rette Mich and Leis ganz leis...