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Darkwave Group Death By Piano Releases New EP, “Vow”

Death By Piano is returning to the scene with its new EP called Vow.

Vow is full of darkwave songs about commitment, betrayal, loss, grief, and love. You’ll find yourself grooving in your seat to these big beats, soaring synths, aching strings — and don’t forget the vocals.

KALEN’s voice will cut right through and hit you right where it counts! Death By Piano’s new EP is a collaboration between KALEN and Tom Marsh, whose popularity rose after touring with Lana Del Rey as her drummer.

Death By Piano is a Brooklyn-based electronic project that fluidly moves between darkwave and shoegaze. They capture the sounds of the borough through electronic beats, distinctive analog instruments, thick strings, and synths. Death By Piano has been a staple of the NYC underground scene with its dark and dreamy live shows and frequent collaborations with some Brooklyn’s best producers.

Kalen is no stranger to the D.C. area. Her previous project, Kalen & The Sky Thieves, frequently toured through the DMV and could be found at local venues such as DC9. She looks back fondly on those shows and the relationships built right here in our community.

Go listen to Vow, which came out on all streaming platforms March 27. You’re going to love it, we promise! While you are at it, check out Death By Piano’s first EP, Countdown, and their 2020 trilogy of singles. Your ears will thank you! In the meantime, check out their new song “Trust” in this live video, mixed by DMV’s own Hear Me Roar Studio, giving us a sneak peak as to what is to come on the new EP!

You can find Death By Piano on all streaming platforms, on their website, or on socials @deathbypiano.

Kim Shires, contributing writer of Alchemical Records and founder of Hear Me Roar Studio

Kimberly Shires

Kimberly Shires is a producer and owner of Hear Me Roar Studio. She is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who is passionate about empowering women to express themselves through music. Outside of music she enjoys hiking, biking and snuggling with her dog. Kimberly has called the DMV home her whole life.

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