Nuxx Vomica occupies her own fog-machine enshrouded headspace on new FTEV EP

photo by Allyson Piñon; stream the new EP here or here or here

Back in February 2021 when many of us were thinking this fresh hell isn’t feeling so fresh anymore the electronic musician known as Nuxx Vomica drove upstate for a few hours and “performed a live set in the middle of a frozen lake to an audience of confused yet (no doubt) grateful freshwater fish” as we we observed back at the time…

…a socially-isolated performance recorded for alternative/electronic DJ Vox Sinistra’s Seattle-based Strict Tempo stream (select shows archived here) a Twitch channel featuring a steady stream of live sets by DJs (including Sinistra herself natch) and bands, not to mention blocks of music videos and artist interviews, spanning an array of multi-hyphenated genres of musique électronique

…and with Nuxx having released her debut EP A Different Place not too long previous she was wiling to risk bone-chilling death to reach the homebound masses but then Nuxx laid low for a while and we were beginning to wonder if she were in fact a mythic frozen lake sprite who could only produce music in the MIDDLE OF A FREAKIN’ FROZEN LAKE!!…


…but thankfully that’s not the case as Nuxx Vomica has returned with a batch of new songs released just today on an EP entitled FTEV—with a limited-edition run of 33 fluorescent green cassettes made available for fans of tangible media—and speaking of "tangible" these five specimens of machinemade music could hardly feel more bodily and visceral—by turns trance-inducing and seizure-inducing so pull up the appropriate disclaimers—and it’s no wonder they call this stuff electronic body music (EBM) which isn’t to overlook the hard techno and French house and Italo-disco/Eurodisco elements at play…

…so in other words we’re talking dank/dirty/darkwavey punk-meets-electronica which makes it highly appropriate the EP is out on none other than Synthicide Records—the Brooklyn-based label offshoot of the dark dance music series where ecstatic rituals of communion are set to pulsating waves of artful noise and flashing strobes and gyrating bodies typically held at Greenpoint Goth-Metal-Dark-Underground-Music-of-all-Stripes Mecca Saint Vitus where patrons’ navigation of shadowy dare we say "sexxxy" inner-spaces and outer-spaces served as a source of inspiration for Madeline Seely a.k.a. Nuxx Vomica to create FTEV in the first place:

…“I find myself connected to spaces and environments a lot. And when I think of the music I make and enjoy, I think a lot about the headspaces that rooms can put me in. It’s something I notice a lot in retrospect”—spaces described as “undoubtedly pitch black and fog-filled’—where “oftentimes I’ll listen back to what I’ve made and realize that my music embodies the space I’m living in. Dark, sometimes grimy, but equally full of life and excitement…getting into electronic music gave me that thing that I didn’t find in other spaces. There’s an equality and facelessness to electronic music that you really don’t get in a lot of other scenes”…

…and when it comes to the newly minted partnership with Synthicide, Nuxx Vomica adds “I feel really lucky to be working with [founder/producer] Andi and Synthicide. Andi is such a fixture in my musical world and has gone out of her way to help put me on shows around New York. Through that we’ve developed a sweet friendship, so working together on this EP just felt right. Everything has just felt really natural”…

resulting in tracks like the EP-opening “Do It Twice” with its layers of grinding synthesizer and dexedrine-driven drum machine draped over one another in ever-shifting configurations with machine-tooled precision, projecting the listener into a headspace equivalent of an underground dungeon holding its weekly BDSM-themed “Whips & Synths” night or at least that’s what I’m getting (gimping?) from it, followed by the record’s first advance single “Easy Go” which’ll have you dancing your brains out vigorously yet sinuously like Ian Curtis on muscle relaxants as interlocking sequences evoke a dizzying impression that only heightens the sense of dislocation described in the lyrics…

…creating an overall vibe that’s something like "Giorgio Moroder in Hell" (pull quote!) with Nuxx’s vocals something like the ghost of Donna Summer in breathy come-hither mode but having come back haunted and if spellbinding death-disco jams chock full of squelchy synths and piston-driven beats is your Platonic ideal of electronic dance music like it is mine then the release of FTEV is cause for celebration indeed and let us return at last to Maddi to provide us with some closing insights on the record’s genesis and creative process…

When I think back on the making of the EP, I think of two main themes. One is risk, and the other is setting. After releasing “A Different Place,” I was in a moment of upheaval. I found the cheapest apartment possible and moved in. I wound up living in this really tiny studio in Chinatown with one window that directly faced a brick wall. I think I was getting about 15 minutes of sunlight per day. When I think about the record, I think about the hours waiting for my literal moment in the sun. It’s cliche, but the songs first existed just to get me outside

but because I was so shut in, I really struggled to find something to say that didn’t feel so uninspired. So, I just took the songs to the shows and figured it out there. For the better part of a year, these songs were just slowly revealing themselves to me live. Every show, it felt like I got a little closer. Whether that was finding a new vocal melody or lyric, I just kind of threw myself out of the nest and fell on the ground a lot. I feel like because I wrote these songs in front of other people live, I didn’t always have the chance to self-censor. Because of that, I just made something that was maybe a little more honest than I otherwise would have let myself be.” (Jason Lee)


2023 TOUR DATES with Clock Serum
March 22 Buffalo, NY – Chemical No. 2
March 23 Detroit, MI – UFO Factory (Tickets)
March 24 St. Louis, MO – Kerr Foundation 
March 26 Columbus, OH – Cafe Bourbon St.
March 29 Birmingham, AL – The Firehouse
March 30 Hattiesburg, MS – Thirsty Hippo
March 31 New Orleans, LA – Poor Boy’s
April 1 Asheville, NC – Static Age
April 2 Richmond, VA – Fallout 

April 3 Queens, NY – TV Eye w/ Sextile (Limited Tickets Left)