Edinburgh band Sacre Noir walk a slightly different – and darker – path than many of their peers.
Purveyors of ‘female-fronted lo-fi electronica’, according to their press material, Sacre Noir is the strange orphan child raised by Carrie Beattie, whose dark and twisted tales are given an equally skewed musical backing by a series of live musicians, collaborators and producers.
Receiving positive reviews for 2010’s debut LP Her Volatile Condition, Sacre Noir have recently released She Can’t Take It, the single heralding their second full-length release Sinking Into Darkness, out on July 23.
Accompanied by a suitably noiresque video, She Can’t Take It sees Sacre Noir in full mastery of their esoteric night circus, with pulsing clockwork rhythms and sequenced beats summoning Beattie’s ghostly and emotive vocals, which float on top of the mix like a spirit in search of its final resting place.
‘We’re coming to get you‘, she sings; the detached menace of the music veiling this threat in hypnotic sounds which cast an appropriately irresistible spell over the listener.
The accompanying video by David Sodergren of Boshpit Productions complements this unease perfectly, with odd masqued and painted creatures flitting in and out of the shadows like blinked snapshot memories of strangely compelling nightmares.
With successful live appearances across the UK and Europe, Sacre Noir now appear to be at the height of their holy black power. And with music as bewitchingly beguiling as this, it won’t be long before they convert ever more faithful followers to their ranks.
Check out Sacre Noir on their website