For a genre with such a reputation for gloom, gothic dance music sure brings a lot of people together. At least that was the case with Ejecta’s Leanne Macomber and Joel Ford, indie stars in their own right who share an enthusiasm for dark pop songs. Macomber plays keyboards in Neon Indian, and Ford forms one half of the electronic duo Ford and Lopatin with Daniel Lopatin of Oneohtrix Point Never. The pair met on tour in 2009 and started collaborating in earnest last summer. Ford reworked the singing on a demo of Macomber’s, she contributed vocals for a song of Ford’s, and Ejecta was formed. The resulting singles, “Silver” and “It’s Only Love,” sound like vintage New Wave, just more so: dance tracks whose familiar brooding synth lines are lifted and clarified by Ford’s multilayered production. The dozen songs that were the product of their collaboration come together on Dominae, a full-length LP that’s out November 4th on Ford’s label Driftless Recordings. Expect chiming minor-key melodies, heartbroken (in a good way) vocals, and beats that would get even the gloomiest Siouxsie fan dancing in 2013.
Ejecta’s mix features early-80s New Wave anthems from Grauzone, Parade Ground, and Kraftwerk alongside current takes on dark electropop.