Darkswoon is an electronic shoegaze band from Portland, OR. Originating as the bedroom project and primary creative outlet of Jana Cushman, Darkswoon has since evolved into an energetic trio, with Cushman crooning on vocals and guitar, Rachel Ellis stacking the electronic backbone of danceable beats and haunting synth lines, and all of it punctuated by the intelligent, rhythmic bass lines of Andrew Michael Potter. The band evokes old school goth and post punk of early 4AD label darlings, but maintains a modern edge and originality.
Their first full length album was released February 9th 2019 on Icy Cold Records, an independent label in cooperation with Manic Depression Records. The band can be heard on the soundtrack for the newly released indie film ‘My Summer As A Goth’ which is currently touring in the film festival circuit (Santa Fe Film Festival, Kansas City FilmFest International, Tomorrow’s Ghosts Festival/Whitby). Cushman also composed the original filmscore.
"The latest album from this Portland band led by Jana Cushman is a fine set of goth-tinged post-punk and dream-pop combining atmospheric guitars and haunting synths with ethereal vocals and hypnotic song hooks." - Don Yates, KEXP
"The album channels both fierce electronic prowess and shoegaze-inspired guitar textures, centered by vocalist Jana Cushman’s croon, Rachel Ellis’ evocative synth lines, and Andrew Michael Potter’s pulsing bass. As such, the band channels both the detached chill of early Fever Ray and Eurythmics as well as the churning menace of Modern English."
"...both incredibly powerful and irresistibly catchy at once." -- Frank Deserto, Post-Punk.com
"The range of moods and styles expressed on BIND‘s eight tracks is impressive, as each represents a distinct direction and set of influences but manage a consistent voice that’s uniquely Darkswoon. Equally suited for late night headphone sessions and dancing in the fog-drenched environs of your local goth club." Eric Sorenson, Igloo Magazine
“Darkswoon’s latest full length, ‘Bind’, represents a quantum leap in their sound. Fans of austere electronic acts like The Knife, Austra and Eurythmics will find the mechanical precision of their synth leads and drum grooves addicting while followers of blissed-out guitar pop are sure to be delighted with the ambience Cushman invokes with her ethereal vocals and blurry guitar lines.” Pete Cottell, Willamette Week
“Excellent album proche des oeuvres de Fever Ray ou Austra, aucun morceau médiocre / top album near Fever Ray's or Austra's works, and no poor tracks on it..” (of BIND) FredLem/Bandcamp fan
”From 2008 through 2013, School of Seven Bells was one of the most creative, enthralling bands in my library. I cried when I heard that Benjamin Curtis passed away, and it still chokes me up to think about it. Darkswoon has captured the essence of SVIIB so beautifully and added their own creative flair. I can't tell you how much it warms my soul to hear this sparking sweet music.” Lawrence Zeller/Bandcamp fan
6.18 —— The Hanging Garden Radio Show (San Francisco, CA)
6.19 —— The Whistle Stop (San Diego, CA)
6.28 —— High Water Mark (Portland, OR)
7.18 —— The Lovecraft Bar (Portland, OR)