Amid all the chaos and confusion of our current public health meltdown and the equally frightening economic fallout being caused by it, it feels apt to recall the pre-Glasnost, pre-Gorbachev early 1980s, a time when the Cold War was at its hottest and the public were understandably terrified. Enter Tyburn Blossom, a rising star on the Scandinavian cold wave circuit of whom little is publicly known but who has already played Finland’s biggest Goth festival.
Blossom (also known as Mac Mathúna) plays a style of Gothic synth music that recalls bands from those tumultuous times like New Order, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and The Cure. His new single ‘Counterpoint’ is musically upbeat and replete with swirling synths.
However, Blossom’s vocals warn of the dangers of mass obedience and societal apathy enabled by uptake of consumer technology. “Strength in numbers hides cowardice within/Eyes fixed on their hand-held mind control machines,” he intones darkly.