Secret Thirteen Mix 068 - She Past Away

She Past Away - Secret Thirteen Mix

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The dynamic and forceful mix by the Turkish darkwave band She Past Away. (listen now)

“Secret Thirteen Mix 068” is a meticulously curated, dynamic, and forceful musical compilation, featuring 23 influential tracks released between 1980 and 1997. This collection includes authentic and eccentric works from legendary artists such as The Sisters of Mercy, The Cure, Joy Division, Grauzone, DAF, Death In June, and other skilled musicians, evoking the distinct, slightly anarchistic vibe of the 1980s alternative music scene. The mix's creators have carefully selected and recorded their all-time favorite tracks that have significantly influenced their sound and connection to Goth culture.

The architects of this mix are She Past Away, a darkwave band hailing from Bursa, Turkey. Formed in 2006 by Volkan Caner (vocals & guitar) and Idris Akbulut (bass), the band was later joined by Doruk Ozturkcan (electronic drums) in 2009. Following an extensive demo-recording session, Remoov Records released their first digital EP, "Kasvetli Kutlama," in 2010. Their debut vinyl album, "Belirdi Gece," was recently launched by Fabrika Records. By blending gothic lyrics with intense guitars, brooding vocals, and immersive drum effects, the band reinvigorates the darkwave era's experiments, echoing the influence of iconic bands like The Sisters of Mercy, Bauhaus, and Suicide.

“Secret Thirteen Mix 068” is an energetic and cohesive musical journey that delves into archaic rhythms, vibrant soundscapes, and solid, professional vocals. The mix resonates with the styles of 1980s darkwave, new wave, post-punk, and gothic rock. It is built on continuously evolving rhythmic patterns and the melodic intensity of distorted, sharp electric guitars. The focus on dramatic, evocative lyrics and powerful vocal delivery is striking. The mixing is precise, yet it also conveys emotional depth and ideological expression. This blend of palpable depressive emotions with frenetic, sometimes sarcastic moods creates a soundtrack-like experience, reminiscent of a fictional thriller film, infused with chaotic love themes. It's a timeless selection of high-quality, original records that have profoundly influenced the evolution of alternative rock music.

“Secret Thirteen Mix 068” is akin to the mysterious and dark art of Hugh O'Donnell, particularly his abstract drawing “Body Echo 26”, where figurative and nebulous lines create a systematic reflection of a refined past.


01. Grauzone - Film 2 [Off Course Records, 1981]
02. Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft - Als Wär's Das Letzte Mal (As If It Were The Last Time) [Virgin, 1981]
03. Borghesia - Divlja Horda [Galerija Škuc Izdaja, 1983]
04. Kas Product - Never Come Back [RCA, 1982]
05. Alien Sex Fiend - Dead and Buried [Anagram Records, 1984]
06. Sex Gang Children - Oh Funny Man [ROIR (Reachout International Records), 1984]
07. Death Cult - Gods Zoo [Situation Two, 1983]
08. Siouxsie & The Banshees - Candyman [Polydor, 1986]
09. Virgin Prunes - The King Of Junk [Baby Records, 1985]
10. Christian Death - Romeo's Distress [Frontier Records, 1982]
11. Suspiria - Assassin Soul [Nightbreed Recordings, 1997]
12. Neva - Louchald [Not On Label (Neva Self-released), 1989]
13. Clan of Xymox - 7th Time [4AD, 1985]
14. Little Nemo - Bed In Summer [Not On Label, 1986]
15. For Against - Fate [Independent Project Records, 1990]
16. Tones On Tail - Performance [Beggars Banquet, 1984]
17. The Cure - Lament [Flexipop, 1982]
18. Asylum Party - Julia [Lively Art, 1989]
19. X-Mal Deutschland - Manchmal [Phonogram, 1987]
20. The Sisters Of Mercy - No Time To Cry [Merciful Release, 1985]
21. Malaria! - You You [Rebel Rec., 1985]
22. Death In June - Heaven Street MK II [New European Recordings, 1983]
23. Joy Division - The Eternal [Factory, 1980]

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