Black Nail Cabaret – Chrysanthemum

Hungarian electro pop duo BLACK NAIL CABARET drop and stream their sixth full-length "Chrysanthemum"...

Hungarian electro pop duo BLACK NAIL CABARET drop and stream their sixth full-length “Chrysanthemum” today, on March 1, 2024.

Please see below for cover arttracklistformat, and biographical information.

Registered Bandcamp users are cordially invited to join a BLACK NAIL CABARET listening party for “Chrysanthemum”, which will be hosted by the founding duo this Sunday evening, on March 3, 20:00 – 21:00 CET

Join at the link:

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 by Dóri Hrisztu-Pazonyi

The beautiful chrysanthemum originally derives its name from the Latin version of ancient Greek χρυσάνθεμον that means ‘gold flower’. Its humble white form is also known as the cemetery flower as it is often used to adorn graves for its longevity.

For BLACK NAIL CABARET, the chrysanthemum’s blossom paves the way for our own deathbed portraits. We know that the grim reaper will come to us all and bring the end, which turns us into fear-filled jars. Even though it is usually beyond our range of hearing, we are surrounded by a constant static noise of despair that is waiting to take over. Our jar could be filled with so many other things but fear permeates all. The eponymous “Chrysanthemum” of the Hungarian pop noire duo’s sixth album is an uprising but also acceptance.

Although BLACK NAIL CABARET remain true to their marked penchant for sexually explicit provocation, the primal, subconscious fear of death that triggers emotions, anxiety, and the fear of letting go is also a red thread running more or less through the album that is metaphorically named “Chrysanthemum”. The eroticism of the Hungarians has always avoided cheap clichés. Instead the duo artistically depicts their living BDSM reality, which is framed by high aesthetic standards.

Musically, BLACK NAIL CABARET have brought their outstanding songwriting abilities at least two steps closer to perfection. On “Chrysanthemum”, the duo is seemingly effortless blending dark electronic sounds with pop noire elements. That the Hungarians are not relying on electronic trickery but actually delivering strong compositions that can stand on their own and even survive transformation to acoustic instrumentation was concisely proved by the experimental full-length “Woodland Memoirs” (2023) that was released under the moniker BLACK NAIL CABARET AND FRIENDS.

This has set BLACK NAIL CABARET apart from their peers at the latest with the self-released full-length “Pseudopop” (2018) that successfully fused art, pop, dark harmonies, and powerful electronics. Their fourth album first left an impressive mark upon the electronic music scene of their native Hungary and later received an international relaunch. 

BLACK NAIL CABARET only began to target the international scene with their fifth full-length “Gods Verging on Sanity” in 2020. The duo soon gained an excellent reputation that rapidly spread through word of mouth even though the global pandemic enforced severe limitations upon them.
Now that the stars have all aligned, BLACK NAIL CABARET are ready to take on the world with a dark soundtrack of life’s glory that is symbolised by a shiny white flower of seeming innocence that at closer inspection also carries all the eternal might of death in its scent: “Chrysanthemum”.

Release date: March 1, 2024
Style: Pop Noire
Label: Dependent Records

Emese Árvai-Illés – vocals
Krisztián Árvai – keyboards, programming

Mixing by Krisztián Arvai
Mastering by Sándor Számvéber, Six Doors Studio, Tatabánya (HU)

Cover design & editing by Richard Besenczi
Photos by Dóri Hrisztu-Pazonyi