This Tempers article was written by Mark Steele, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Gavin Wells. Header image by Hadley Hudson Photograph
Picture a huge abandoned warehouse, throw in a foggy set-up (dry ice a plenty), low budget lasers/strobes, wall mirrors, low lighting, a mass dark ocean filled dancefloor of dancing shadows and spectator black clad figures with statuesque poses. Cold and dark is the colour scheme, or rather Black is the New Black. Slip in 90’s bands Garbage, Curve alongside Grunge Riot Grrls, Hole and L7, with echoes of 80’s artists Siouxie and The Banshees, Joy Division, and Kraftwerk, to recall an obsidian era of coldwave, post-punk, and avant-garde electronica.
New York Duo, vocalist Jasmine Golestaneh and ethereal orchestrator Eddie Copper, AKA Tempers, formed in 2012 and have released a few singles, yet this year unveil their debut full-length release ‘Services’. Both of their backgrounds combine to produce a swirling cocktail of light and shade. From a previous interview, the pair, who may be goths in denial, describe their colour sound as “purple and black with golden sparks.”
It does not take long for dark romanticism, enveloping the dense harmelodic and rhythmically moving rapport, to infiltrate the senses on ‘Services.’ It would not feel out of place featuring at a Lady Gaga noir themed into the night gathering, co-hosted by Lana Del Ray.
Without delay we are taken straight into pity party starter ‘Strange Harvest’ juddering with pan-tastic layers of interloping reverberating synth strings and rattly guitars, all around a steady euro-pop beat. The chilling vulnerability turns up, almost instantly dragging you into an ultimatum of self-sacrifice, followed by the unrelenting macabre ‘Undoing,’ which gives a glimpse of the dense emotional maelstrom present within the realm of Tempers; Golestaneh’s Shirley Manson-like moanings shudder gracefully.
These lowlights on the album which make bleak and hopeless ‘Cool’ include ‘Eyes Wide Wider,’ which is darkened, trancy and luring. Although the gloomy hallucination breather ‘Summer Has Gone’ shows an earthy acoustic slight glimmer, the remaining tracks follow similar though equally evocative expressions as the earlier songs.
‘Services’ closes affairs with an eerie acoustic rendering of opener ‘Strange Harvest’ and it is fair to say Tempers are deeply dark soundscape with industrial architectural tendencies; emotionally provocative, stealthily wanting to reach out and take all who will bravely step out of the corner and embrace their whirling ominous soiree.
‘Services’ is out now via Aufnahme + Wiedergabe.