Italian “suicide pop” trio Spiritual Front will release the double album, Amour Braque, on March 23 via Prophecy Productions. French for ‘Mad Love’, Amour Braque is conceptually described as “a sincere and cruel analysis of what love/sex relations are, a path that switches between tenderness and rot”. Amour Braque is Spiritual Front’s sixth full-length album; the record combines gloomy alternative rock, dark folk and chamber pop with standout 60’s blues rock vibes.
Formed in 1999 as the solo project of Simone H. (“Hellvis”) Salvatori, Spiritual Front dubs its sound “catchy ballads for heartbreaker nihilist youth”; its Morricone-inspired neofolk channels art rock, tango, new wave and country influences through a modern lens. Spiritual Front’s unique musical identity is a reflection of Salvatori’s savoir-faire which sees the frontman as a sort of Machiavellian playboy, merging Las Vegas-esque pomp and stomp with a surly suggestiveness, lending the band’s sound a hedonistic flair. The lyrical themes shared by Salvatori deal with issues such as searching for self-identity, sexuality, harsh realities and angry break-ups, each tinted with sarcasm, nihilism and biting humor.
Salvatori comments: ‘Tenderness Through Violence’ gave me the chance to make an intense open look into a sick relationship, something that belongs to me, but that can be easily recognized by ‘anyone who had heart’ as Dionne Warwick sang. A feeling that can be intense, deep but cruel at the same time; regret, faith, persuasion, desire, all these elements strongly flow in the troubled river of love. Musically speaking, I consider this song, a tune between a delightful suicide alt-pop and a languid black soul (you can find in here elements of motown, neo folk, 60’s pop and new wave) our references have always been stylistically different but similar concerning the intensity and the personal involvement, and this is no exception.
Amour Braque features striking cover art by cult surrealist artist Saturno Buttò, Amour Braque features guest musicians Matt Howden, King Dude, Client and more.
Amour Braque is available for pre-order through here. Listen to the track ‘Tenderness Through Violence’ here: