Horror film inspired synthwave

Artwork for Coronation by dot.darkness. A hand holds up a floral crown constructed with bright green, white, red, and indigo flowers against a cloudy blue sky.


Original Single: November 26, 2021


Coronation comes at a challenging time in world history. Under the weight of the COVID-19 pandemic, multiple movements against social injustice, and crumbling American political systems, the boys in dot.darkness had almost limitless time at home to create music but almost no emotional capacity for the process.

As fall set in and October was around the corner, Colin developed a new fondness for horror films, starting with modern favorites and working back through the classics. The dread invoked by these films felt like a strange form of escapism at the time, opening a window to a world that is somehow worse than the one we actually inhabit.

Building off the synthwave platform they had established with The Hunger on their previous album, dot.darkness got to work on some new material inspired by these films and other horror-themed artists like Carpenter Brut. The first work to come from this effort was Coronation, which is directly inspired by Ari Aster’s Midsommar.

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