Written by Lauren Rosier
Dead Coyote‘s Apparitionata is unlike any other full-length album or EP I’ve heard before. Have you ever heard of “goth dance?” Maybe “spooky disco?” They could both used to describe the sounds of Dead Coyote and the 4-song set of Apparitionata.
The Portland-based quintet comes from a truly unique and original place of music. Perhaps, somewhere far off to the left of center field. Their latest EP, Apparitionata, was released on February 13, 2021, with a 4-part music video series, one for each song, released on March 13, 2021.
The EP opens with “Prelude,” an operatic number paired with epic piano,
Apparitionata, the band says, is a love letter to campy horror musicals, such as Rocky Horror Picture Show, Phantom of the Paradise, and Little Shop of Horrors. Sonically, the EP is inspired by Beethoven’s piano sonatas/concertos, as well as the works of contemporary composers like Danny Elfman, Phillip Glass, and Wendy Carlos.
Dead Coyote is Zach Retzl (piano, guitar, vocals), Jonathan Ventrella (drums/vocals), Izabella Weiss (bass/vocals), and Adrian Retzl (synthesizer).
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