Comprised of Alessandra Gismondi (vocals and bass) and Luca Bandini (guitar, synths and drum machines), the Italian synth pop duo Schonwald have developed a reputation across both the European Union and the US for an atmospheric and hypnotic sound that’s influenced by Suicide, New Order and The Cure — with elements of industrial electronica, since the release of their 2009 debut effort released through Pocket Heaven Records. Interestingly, the duo of Gismondi and Bandini were the first Italian act signed to Chicago-based indie label HoZac Records in March 2013.
With the release of their last album, 2014’s Dream for the Fall, the Italian duo found their profile to be growing across Europe as the duo have embarked on several tours throughout Italy, France, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland and the UK — and they’ve played at London‘s Myogenic Festival. And adding to a growing profile, Schonwald was recently invited to play at Wave Gotik Treffen 2015.
The Italian duo’s forthcoming album Between Parallel Lights is slated for a November 5 release through Anywave/Manic Depression Records and according to the duo of Gismondi and Bandini, the material on the album will cement their reputation for dark, ominous sounds; in fact, “Lux,” the first single from the forthcoming album consists of layers of distorted, shoegaze-based guitar chords played through tons of reverb, layers of buzzing synths, swirling electronics, industrial clang and clatter, and four-on-the-floor drumming are paired with Gismondi’s ethereally cooed vocals floating above a frighteningly murky mix that sonically is reminiscent of Grave Babies and A Place to Bury Strangers — if they were covering Siouxsie and the Banshees. In other words, it’s creepy and filled with an existential dread, and yet a brief burst of light seems to come out form the murky depths.