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"The Sexiest People"

Psychic Circle Enters Seattle's Festival Circuit

Jeff Elston III

LIGHT ASYLUM

A music festival called Psychic Circle must be cloaked in mystery and harbor occultish ambitions, right? Maybe if you go to Psychic Circle, you'll have your soul filleted and your brain washed to a charcoal tint. Maybe you'll dance yourself onto a higher plane of consciousness or zone/freak out to sonic atmospheres that would give Dario Argento nightmares.

Just check Psychic Circle's striking poster, which features an infant holding aloft a human skull. PC's catalysts—Actual Pain's TJ Cowgill and Second Sight DJ/promoters Ozma Otacava and Rxch Wxtch—seem to be fostering an aesthetic that's at once full of childlike wonder and morbid decadence.

Second Sight—a monthly party focusing on cold wave, minimal synth, industrial, goth, and witch house—draws a mostly youthful crowd, a mix of gays and straights, crossdressers and sartorial thrift-store geniuses, and glamorous types who should be in Vice magazine's "DO" column. They go to be seen and sexed and to dance to the fever-dreamy/drama-queeny blend of dark-hued styles mentioned above.

As for Psychic Circle, Otacava says the festival's goal is to increase Second Sight's cultish following by stirring their libidos and to, he cryptically adds, "mindfuck our way to the top of an invisible pyramid. We book bands that will draw the sexiest people," he concludes.

The music slated for Psychic Circle should prove to be aptly sexy, as well as infernal and diaphanous. Many folks are frothing at the prospect of catching UK duo Demdike Stare's Seattle debut. Their eerie cauldrons of dub, European horror-film soundtracks, minimal techno, and isolationist ambience have thrust Demdike Stare to the forefront of hauntology, i.e., music that conjures a sense of hazy nostalgia and nameless dread. More out-of-town goodness comes from Berlin-based Light Asylum—featuring ex-Seattleite/!!! member Shannon Funchess—who launch a Grace-Jones-gone-cold-wave attack, and Portland duo Litanic Mask's cathedralic synth miasmas and passionate female vocals.

Seattle's also well represented by A Story of Rats' unnerving drone symphonies; Crypts' stabby industrial goth; Ononos' spazzy, ill-willed Devotronics; and Nightmare Fortress's swirling electro rock with Siouxsie/Nico-esque frontwoman poise.

Overall, Psychic Circle promises an audiovisual feast abounding with sounds and sights in several shades of black. "Each of the four nights is drastically different, and each represents a different aspect of who we are as a collective," Wxtch says. "Through this festival, we hope to cast a wide and dark net over Seattle, and show them something they've never seen." recommended

 

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Kallisti 1
Psychic Circle Power = PCP
Posted by Kallisti on May 9, 2012 at 10:56 AM · Report this
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Cold wave? Witch house?

I must be getting old.
Posted by Bhamjason on May 10, 2012 at 8:46 AM · Report this
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that upper-arm fur is decidedly unsex.
Posted by deepconcentration on May 10, 2012 at 8:57 AM · Report this
Tovirus 4
"glamorous types who should be in Vice magazine's "DO" column"

Hopefully this is meant to be funny.
Posted by Tovirus on May 10, 2012 at 9:27 AM · Report this
lowlytootle 5
I am genuinely confused about something. All of these nights look swell, but which night is Light Asylum playing? I don't see them listed in any of the line-ups.
Posted by lowlytootle http://hollowearthradio.org/programs/134 on May 10, 2012 at 11:30 AM · Report this
Megan Seling 6
@5 They're playing Friday, the 11th, at Electric Tea Garden. I neglected to link up that show as well. Fixed!
Posted by Megan Seling on May 10, 2012 at 11:33 AM · Report this
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What an utterly fatuous article.

"The music slated for Psychic Circle should prove to be aptly sexy, as well as infernal and diaphanous"

"heir eerie cauldrons of dub, European horror-film soundtracks, minimal techno, and isolationist ambience have thrust Demdike Stare to the forefront of hauntology"

lmao
Posted by Reader01 on May 10, 2012 at 2:32 PM · Report this
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Isn't Light Asylum Brooklyn-based?
Posted by Irishdew on May 11, 2012 at 12:53 PM · Report this

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