Wednesday August 1, 2012
Blaqk Audio is the electronic dance music outfit composed of Davey Havok and Jade Puget, originally from the multi-platinum rock juggernaut, AFI. The EDM industry has flourished around them since their 2007 release, CexCells, and it is now time for the endlessly talented duo to leave their own eternal imprint on the scene. Deriving inspiration from the electro-industrial waves of acts like Skinny Puppy and Depeche Mode as well as more modern artists like Knife Party, Porter Robinson, Bag Raiders, and Underworld, Havok and Puget create a complex, futuristic soundscape, marked with thumping, twinkling synth grinders, mid-tempo pop anthems, and dramatic wailing ballads.
Their upcoming sophomore album, Bright Black Heaven, is slated to be released September 11th on Big Death Records (Distributed by Superball Music). It is an expansion on CexCells derived from both experience and a furthering of it's "hedonistic agenda," but still has the familiar feel of Davey and Jade creating music together. With excellent mixing provided by Dave Bascombe (Depeche Mode and Erasure), Lars Stalfors (The Mars Volta), and Michael Patterson (Trent Reznor), this multifarious release will be marked by inspiration and experience. Maintaining a dark undercurrent below the glossy surface, Bright Black Heaven,remains true to the duo's roots all the while toying with the listeners preconceived definition of electronic music.
Blaqk Audio has chosen to give their listeners a taste of Bright Black Heaven by releasing a free download of "Bliss," the darkest track on the album, showcasing Havok's haunting vocals alongside Jade's powerful production, creating an industrial track laced with symphonic drama.
Having performed alongside electronic front-runners like Wolfgang Gartner, MSTRKRFT, Dada Life, and Underworld, the duo have often bridged the gap between rock and dance fans alike. As producer Jade Puget so eloquently put it:
"Balancing two bands is a complex task…one shines and the other simmers. Now it's time for Blaqk Audio to shine."