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by Stephanie Benson

August 8, 2012

Radio: New Dawn Fades

by Stephanie Benson  |  August 8, 2012

It's a gray, gray world out there, people, and the future looks nothing but bleak. Thankfully, we've been blessed with arty intellectuals destined to help temper (or maybe just foster) this dreary and dark existence. These individuals have helped cultivate the post-punk movement, a vast and expansive underworld filled with mirthless melodies soaked in moody tones -- some jarringly abrasive, some eerily soothing.

It's no surprise that this austere musical vision has its roots in the overcast hills and valleys of grand old England, with pioneers like Joy Division, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Public Image Ltd., The Cure, Echo & The Bunnymen, OMD and Gang of Four expanding the art-punk ethos of visionaries like David Bowie and Bryan Ferry into more obscure and gloomier territories. But artists across the pond were not immune to such experimentations themselves, with notable bands like the Talking Heads and later, Interpol, The National, LCD Soundsystem and Arcade Fire nurturing and developing the disparate sounds and styles of post-punk. Dig into this murky and majestic world -- bred and built in the late '70s and '80s and artfully revived in the 21st century -- with our New Dawn Fades radio station.

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