Filled with both religious and occult imagery, Dallas’ enticing new single Witch House and Hyperpop Duo is a spooky good time.
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Posadas – “Sinai”
RIYL: spooky synth-pop
What else you need to know: The rising Dallas Posadas duo dabble in both menacing and electronic sounds – pretty much ideal elements for divine witch house music.
Between the early 2000s and 2010s, witch house rose to prominence as DIY artists began experimenting with the mix of choppy and screwed up styles, synthesizers, and drum machines. That their combination of electronic instrumentals, synth-pop and dark, loathsome lyricism found an audience is no surprise; the resulting sound is an alluring mix of pop music and dark metal.
“Sinai,” the third single released in May from the fresh-faced group Posadas, is a product of that same ghostly genre – and not by accident, either. Posadas members Daniel Quijote and Rain fully recognize that their sound is inspired by popular witchhouse bands like Salem and Crystal Castles. They also cite as influences groups such as 100 gecs and Bladee, two emerging groups in the hyperpop genre recognized for their use of self-tuned voices.
This witch’s house itself is also inspired by movies like Twin peaks and The Blair Witch Project is not lost on Posadas either. To that end, the music video for “Sinai” offers the full Witch House experience. Here, the duo are filmed through a shaking camcorder filter while performing inside what appears to be an abandoned hospital. The walls surrounding them contain subliminal messages and symbols of “666” graffiti – visuals of the occult that are on par with the expected witch-fair.
At the same time, there’s more going on here, as Posadas also incorporates images of flashing crosses and a rosary into his visuals. Would these be just clever references to the band’s name, which refers to a nativity festival in Latin culture? Either way, it’s still a trip.
And, no matter the inspiration, it all adds up to a scary good time.