Tropic of Cancer, “Court of Devotion”

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In the vein of another Los Angeles queen of darkness, Chelsea Wolfe, Tropic of Cancer make music that is both unforgiving and elementally rough. Though we tend to save our “Harshed” subcategory for music that is a little tougher and more abrasive, “Court of Devotion” works so hard (and so well) at pulling every shred of being from our hearts that the result is an ultimate feeling of being harshed and beaten down. It's subtle in its delivery—Camella Lobo's vocals are hollow and the timbre is slightly off, rendering the song's tone into unnerving territory. The consistent electric drum beat behind the track only adds to the persistent discomfort.

Restless Idylls is Tropic of Cancer's debut album, and it's due out through Blackest Ever Black on September 23. Catch O'Connor's dark wiles at the European dates below.

20 Fuzz club Athens
21 Berns Stockholm
24 Urban Spree Berlin
25 UT Connewitz Leipzig
26 Tsunami Club Cologne
27 Catclub Brussels
28 Trouw Amsterdam (without Dva Damas)
29 Merleyn club Njimegen
01 Rhiz Vienna
03 Stereo live Torino
04 RoBOt Festival Bologna (without Dva Damas)
06 Teatro Lo Spazio Rome
08 La Machine du Mouline Rouge Paris
10 Moog Barcelona
11 Siroco Madrid
12 Blackest Ever Black at Corsica Studios London
13 Unsound Festival Krakow (without Dva Damas)