BLACK NAIL CABARET : ‘Roadtrip’ – second single from new album by Hungarian electro-pop noir duo out today

BLACK NAIL CABARET | Roadtrip single cover artwork


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BLACK NAIL CABARET | 2023 photo by Dori Hrisztu-Pazonyi

Hungarian electro-pop noir duo Black Nail Cabaret have today released the song ‘Roadtrip’ as the second single from their forthcoming new album, ‘Chrysanthemum’, which is set for release on 1st March.

BNC singer Emèse Árvai-Illes states that “I refer to the Hungarian psychologist Dr. Mihály Domján in regard to this song. He held that pain travels in the family tree until it finds someone who is introspectively ready to embrace it fully, to understand it and change it. In recent years I realised how important it is not to lose faith that I can be this person.”

‘Roadtrip’ is the follow-up to ‘Autogenic’, which was issued in early December 2023 and a video for which can be seen HERE.

‘Chrysanthemum’ is the sixth full-length record by BNC and will be promoted with a UK tour that takes in eight shows with Empathy Test:

04.04.23  MANCHESTER Rebellion
05.04.23  GLASGOW Classic Grand
06.04.23  BRISTOL Dareshack
07.04.23  NUNEATON Queens Hall
10.04.23  NOTTINGHAM The Chapel
11.04.23  NEWCASTLE Cluny 2
12.04.23  SHEFFIELD Corporation
13.04.23  LONDON Garage

BLACK NAIL CABARET | Chrysanthemum album cover artwork

The beautiful chrysanthemum derives its name from the Latin version of the ancient Greek χρυσάνθεμον, which translates as ‘gold flower’. Its humble white form is also known as the ‘cemetery flower’ as its longevity is often used to adorn graves, while for Black Nail Cabaret its blossom paves the way for our own deathbed portraits.

Musically, the duo have brought their outstanding songwriting ability closer to perfection, with ‘Chrysanthemum’ effortlessly blending dark electronic sounds with pop noir elements. That they have form in delivering strong compositions rather than merely relying on studio wizardry was recently proved with ‘Woodland Memoirs’ (2023), an album of BNC songs that were recorded acoustically and released as Black Nail Cabaret & Friends.

Although BNC are also remaining true to their marked penchant for sexually explicit provocation, the primal and subconscious fear of death that triggers emotions, anxiety and the fear of letting go is also a thread running through ‘Chrysanthemum’. Moreover, their eroticism has always sought to avoid cheap clichés; rather, they depict their living BDSM reality in artistic fashion framed by high aesthetic standards.

BNC self-released their 2018 fourth album ‘Pseudopop’, a record that successfully fused art, pop, dark harmonies and powerful electronics. It made an impressive mark on the electronic music scene in their home territory and received an international relaunch after its 2020 follow-up ‘Gods Verging On Sanity’ saw their reputation spread rapidly, even though the global pandemic enforced limitations upon them.

The stars have now fully aligned for BNC to take on the world with a dark soundtrack to life’s glory symbolised by a shiny white flower of seeming innocence that at closer inspection also carries the eternal might of death in its scent: ‘Chrysanthemum’.

1  My Home Is Empty
2  Autogenic
3  Totem and Taboo
4  Never Enough
5  Neurons
6  1mg
7  Darkness Is a Friend
8  Godspeed
9  Roadtrip
10  Teach Me How to Techno
11  The Faceless Boy

BLACK NAIL CABARET | 2023 photo by Dori Hrisztu Pazonyi

Emèse Árvai-Illes – vocals
Krisztián Árvai – keyboards, programming

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