Achelous + Melpomene

by Night Tongue

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encolpiosnaporaz A wistful introduction - equal parts Southern Gothic greats (think Rowland S. Howard’s solo records) and that sect of goth rock that placed driving bass lines and flowery guitar lines over drum machines (ie. Clan of Xymox). Favorite track: Nautical Heart.
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The borders break apart from the corners, light The water carries me through the stormy night The covers tug across my skin, warmth in the darkness that falls upon me The night descends on our love, like the water births the bird's eternal song Underworld nautical heart Leave me alive Tear me awake Take Caught on fire I'm your prey Slain The haunted song that calls, harbinger of time The ancient shore that cries for her daughter, home Colors crawl across your back, serpentine, your blood, water The chorus sounds the words, I am submerged, within the burden of the breath Underworld nautical heart Leave me alive Tear me awake Take Caught on fire I'm your prey Slain
The Gate 06:42
Hear our prayer My own beginning A fragment of hope A breath of tomorrow Born in the dark Sung into time Remember When you were mine The world was on fire Soft and unearthly Strung from the core In the here and the unhere An opening door Torn from the sun Sung into time When you are mine All is desire Here is an offering Here is a gate Here is an ending Here is our fate Come sing with me Come play with me
Heiros Gamos 02:51


"Amongst the nine muses, creatures of inspiration, is Melpomene, “the one that is melodious.” The ‪muse‬ of tragedy, the song of time, she is the expression of the changing emotional tides in cycles, nature and the human psyche. Achelous, an oceanic underworld God, whose horn, at one time was transformed into the cornucopia, a manifestation of abundance, merged with Melpomene. The union of this God, whose changing form can become both bull and multicolored serpent, with the beautiful ‪muse‬, who embodies the melodious voice of tragedy, birthed the sirens. These oceanic underworld beings, taking the form of bird women or mermaids, sing a song, so sweet and so sad, it has the power to draw the listener to their doom. Bound to water, the eternal source of all life, ancient and endless, the creatures' song is sung, in time and timelessness combined. The sirens sing the song of the soul, of the tragedy of changing forms and the inextinguishable source of all life, that has always been and always will be. The sirens call out to the soul, singing the sweet, sad song, that reminds us that in time, all things change, yet nothing ever truly dies and we are one with life eternal."
- Achelous & Melpomene Album Notes

Praise for Achelous & Melpomene

“Night Tongue take darkwave and ratchet it up with even more post-punk and goth sounds to make Achelous & Melpomene spooky, sexy and beautiful all at once” – Your EDM

“an EP with love and chilling resonance” – 9/10 – Infrared Magazine

“a gorgeous and mysterious EP” – Songs for the Moment

“It’s as beautiful as it is chilling. Powerful stuff.” – ****1/2 – Now Hear This Music

“With a moody darkness in tone and members Carisa Bianca Mellado and Andrew Dalziell splitting vocal duties for two separate versions of mythic gloom, Achelous + Melpomene delivers on its themes and resonates with the listener.” – Substream Magazine

“Releases like Achelous & Melpomene which have universal appeal across punk, goth, industrial, rock and even ambient electronica make duos like Night Tongue critical to darkwave’s survival. Not to mention it’s just gorgeous music.” – Ellenwood EP

“This album is slow, shimmering, dark, inspiring, and everything you could think would come from this dark union of Achelous and Melpomene.” – Audible Addixion


released February 14, 2018

from Achelous + Melpomene, track released February 1, 2018
Music Night Tongue
Produced by Night Tongue
Mixed and Mastered by Carisa Bianca Mellado


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Night Tongue Los Angeles, California

Night Tongue are a darkwave band from Australia, now based in LA. Led by composition duo Carisa Bianca Mellado -vox, bass, synth & Andrew Dalziell -vox/guitar/ cello/drums w/Elle Haert -vox harmonies & synth/keyboard live, they create a dark mythic world of romance sex death horror & ecstasy. Spun from tales of love, tragedy & transgression, they build romantic soundscapes of beautiful violence. ... more

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