It’s the most wonderful time of the year. The air is getting colder, the nights are getting colder and things are getting downright spooky. It’s about time we updated out playlists to match the season, right? Here are just a few artists to soundtrack Halloween 2020; even if we can’t get out to parties, we can still create a fabulously creepy atmosphere at home.
The release of Concrete Blonde’s Bloodletting marked the band’s first foray into gothic rock in this delightfully spooky album. The title track is all about vampires, loosely based on the setting of Anne Rice’s Interview With The Vampire. Let lead singer and bassist Johnette Napolitano’s unique vocals conjure up images of darkness and enjoy.
Siouxsie and the Banshees
No list would be complete without including Siouxsie Sioux, the original spooky lady of the 80s. Her band bridged the gap between 70s punk and the coldness of post-punk and spearheaded the gothic subculture. For some really atmospheric music this October, check out ‘Spellbound’ or their haunting cover of ‘Dear Prudence’.
The band haven’t made music together in a long time, but Siouxsie Sioux briefly left her long hiatus to soundtrack horror series Hannibal’s finale. And of course, if you’re looking for some eyeliner inspiration this Halloween, Siouxsie is the icon to emulate.
Looking for some impressive vocals with your spooky songs? Look no further than New York’s Militia Vox. Her music has it all, powerful vocals, expert production and plenty of horror to go around. Highlights include 2014’s Bait, which featured the unstoppable ’46 & 2′ and a stunning rendition of Depeche Mode’s ‘Waiting for the Night’. She’s a staple of the underground scene, with lots of projects in the works, so she’s definitely one to watch right now.
For a good horror story and some flawless classical music, Emilie Autumn has all the albums you’d ever need. Her most recent concept album, Fight Like A Girl, is based in a Victorian insane asylum for wayward women. For something a little different, check out her instrumental album, Laced/Unlaced, in which she covers a range of classical songs, as well as her own powerhouse compositions on the electric violin.
Another killer concept album here from duo Evelyn Evelyn, the musical creation of Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley. The idea is that the performers are fictional conjoined twins relating their tragic story (performing life, both musicians share a single instrument). Narratively, it’s a mashup between American Horror Story and A Series of Unfortunate Events. Musically, you can expect haunting piano and great harmonies. Their sole album, Evelyn Evelyn, has to be heard to be believed, and it’s guaranteed to grab your attention.