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Down in June vs Death in Rome

Death in June are a band who have been dogged by controversy, but the influence of their music and aesthetic on the underground is undeniable. Today we want to share with you two amazing Death in June cover projects – Sweden’s Down in June and Germany’s Death in Rome. They both take a different approach to Death in June’s iconic style and sound. Down in June covers DiJ songs in a captivating way. It’s rediscovering songs you have heard countless times with new ears. In the words of DiJ themselves, Down in June “deconstruct and lavishly, as well as lovingly, reinvent” their songs. On the other side of the spectrum lies Death in Rome, who take pop songs that have embedded theirselves into our consciousness whether we like it or not, and play them back to us in a Death in June style. They make songs like Haddaway’s “What is Love” and Britney Spears’ “Toxic” sound like dark neofolk classics. Their reinterpretation of songs that make my skin crawl is brilliant – they’ve revealed the inner darkness at the heart of pop and it is beautiful. Check out some tracks from both below.



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Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation.

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