The Mixtape #3: Creepy Crawlies!

For this issue of The Mixtape, we’re going with a nice Halloween theme! We’ve dug through the archives of Radio Free Fedi‘s deep catalogue, and selected 10 spooky tracks that reflect on different interpretations of the meaning of Halloween. If you enjoy these songs, be sure to support the artists, and check out their other work!

Pumpkin Patch” – Mykie Frankenstein

Our playlist opens with a fun mix between edgy and spooky. It’s reminiscent of Scooby Doo or The Nightmare Before Christmas, with some funky guitar riffs hidden under the theramin and groans.

Goblin Dance” – Matthew Arthur

This track tickles my brain in the best way. It’s highly reminiscent of some of the DOS adventure games I used to play as a kid, but with a chaotic dark energy. It’s completely over the top, and I love it.

“I Want to See the Shrink” – After Magritte

There’s just something about this song that’s an absolute earworm. “I’m sinkin’ in the drink / I think I’m drowning in the sink / I’m sinking out of daylight into niiight”

This song is fun and playful and poetic, with just a hint of something dark beneath the surface. Absolutely great stuff.

All I’m Here For” – Blix Byrd

This one’s really wild. The artist originally wrote a science fiction story about an alien observing other worlds. All I’m Here For is one song that came out of it, and focused on one being desperately wanting to understand another at the most intimate level. What results is a mesmerizing, electronic bop with strange interludes, a metallic voice, and slightly ominous lyrics.

Dark Lord 8888 (feat Ben Johnson)” – Dr Hitchcock

Dark Lord 8888 has a hook that just drills into your skull. It’s funky, shady, and deeply mysterious. It’s perfect for exploring a run-down city in the dead of night, uncertain of whether you’re truly alone.

Dreamt I Was a Private Detective” – Bay Mud

This track by Bay Mud is practically hypnotic. In accordance with its intriguing title, I found myself captivated by imagery of a shadowy underworld, of an investigation unraveling a conspiracy, and of a race against time. This track is an absolute trip.

If You Know You Know” – Unwoman

Unwoman puts out some hauntingly beautiful songs, and If You Know You Know is no exception. The lyrics feel like a cheerful reflection on nihilism, and the rich orchestral notes take on a far different dimension as the whole song slides into dissonance.

O​í​che R​é​dhorcha” – Kerosyn

Of all the tracks on this mixtape, this one feels the creepiest. It’s hard to explain why, or how, but the atmosphere is incredible. It’s an unnerving soundscape of desolation, with a pulsing beat that feels like a chase.

We’re All Going to Hell” – Hearse Pileup

Hearse Pileup has to be one of the greatest band names I’ve ever come across. This is their debut track, and the style reminds me of some of the popular rock of the early 2000’s. It’s got a bit of an edge, but it’s good fun.

Friday the 13th” – Sam Douglass

Launching into a guitar shred like a level of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, the song romanticizes creepy 80’s killers with a flair that absolutely rocks. Somehow it just works. It’s the perfect send-off to this list, and closes with a really fun vibe.

That wraps it up for this month’s Mixtape! Before we go: the team at We Distribute relies heavily on Radio Free Fedi. It’s an amazing public service that streams music from Fediverse musicians to your listening device. Please, by all means, pitch in a few bucks if you can, to support their amazing service?

Sean Tilley

Sean Tilley has been a part of the federated social web for over 15+ years, starting with his experiences with back in 2008. Sean was involved with the Diaspora project as a Community Manager from 2011 to 2013, and helped the project move to a self-governed model. Since then, Sean has continued to study, discuss, and document the evolution of the space and the new platforms that have risen within it.

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