Sunday, October 31, 2021

Mulliga's Monstrous Halloween: New Music for 2021

Not even the pandemic can stop spooky spirits and ghastly ghouls forever! Halloween is back, and I'm celebrating with a set of monstrous posts. Tonight is the big night, so I thought I'd feature some of the new tracks haunting my continuously-updated Halloween music playlist, "Mulliga's Halloween Horrorfest" - perfect for welcoming trick-or-treaters or jamming at your local block party.

"Halloweenie IV: Innards," Ashnikko

The fourth track from Asnikko's annual "Halloweenie" series, "Innards" takes Grieg's "In the Hall of the Mountain King" (itself sometimes used as a Halloween song) and gives it the 21st-century pop/hip-hop treatment. While it's not the scariest track around, the song is stuffed full of horror movie references, making for a fun listen.

"Devil's in Town," Silas J. Dirge

If you like your country dark and Gothic, you'll like the latest album by Dutch musician Silas J. Dirge, The Poor Devil. This song talks about post-apocalyptic, demon-riddled streets and a Faustian bargain - perfect for a night of tricks and treats.

"Happy Happy Halloween," Surfbort

Brooklyn punk bank Surfbort just released this festive tune - it's catchy, it's straightforward, and the video has the band rocking out while festooned in lo-fi costumes.

"Spooky Scary Skeletons," LVCRFT

Andrew Gold's "Spooky Scary Skeletons" is a modern Halloween classic, so it makes sense the song would be covered by the high-profile horror pop songwriter collective LVCRFT. Their version doesn't mess too much with the original's bouncy melody, but the production is a fair bit glossier and slicker.


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