Single of The Week : “Drowning In The Drought” by The Ascension


“The Ascension” are an alternative electro/guitar band from Macclesfield and Manchester, whose unhinged vocals synchronise against the rugged and uprooted electronica. With Doug on vocals/guitar/synth programming and Neil on vocals/bass/guitar/synth/drums , “The Ascension” create an individualistic style of dark, new wave electronica. Notably it’s the distinctive vocals of Doug, that antagonise against the smooth waves, creating an idiosyncratic, mixed bag of sounds. Following last year’s EP ‘Blood Upon The Rose’ , “The Ascension” have been working on new material and their song “Drowning In The Drought” has been nominated as my single of the week.

With it’s opening voice-over narratives , “Drowning In The Drought” immediately conveys a cinematic darkness that dissipates throughout the song. Sounding like a modern day Joy Division and The Cure song,”Drowning  In The Drought”, is heavily coated with a menacing veneer which is intensified through  the blackened, edgy vocals. With its brooding, galloping bass, bullet beats and wave of droning and hovering synths, “Drowing In The Drought” stays loyal to its new wave roots, whose smoothness is crunched up through the fierce crescendo.