Be Entranced By Garden Gate’s Baroque “The Voyeur”; ‘Blood Mansion’ Out December 3rd

It’s been a busy and fruitful year for electronic label Library of the Occult. What Tom McDowell has done is curate a very distinct and all-encompassing sound world, with many different artistic points of view. From his beginning with the label in July of 2020 McDowell has shared these very distinct and individual artistic points of view while all of them coalescing into this dark, brooding sort of doomed romanticism. Sometimes baroque, sometimes Gothic, sometimes psychedelic, but always engrossing and entrancing.

December will see yet another release from Library of the Occult, the sweetly mournful and baroque Blood Mansion by Timmi Meskers, aka Garden Gate. This album feels and sounds like a musical coming together between D.H. Lawrence and H.P. Lovecraft. Chamber music with a touch of eroticism and exorcism. It’s an album of subtle melancholy, mysterious happenings, and slightly unsettling psychedelia at times which all come together to paint this glorious sound world.

This is a record of rapturous beauty and hidden passion. While each song carries with it its own tale and piece of the narrative puzzle, “The Voyeur” with it’s 3/4 Waltz time, Melltron flutes, and eerie synth strings hanging in the air you can’t help but get a full taste of the world of Blood Mansion. You can almost see some stately, withering manor in the countryside as the nervous and longing Natasha seeks something to hold onto in this world.

Blood Mansion is the kind of record that engulfs you, and “The Voyeur” is the perfect track to peak inside thru and see what Garden Gate has to offer.

I’ve grown a new love and admiration for the world of the baroque thanks to LOTO and albums like the truly stunning Blood Mansion. Timmi Meskers has been releasing tracks as Garden Gate since 2015, and creating stunning artwork for their releases. While you’re waiting for Blood Mansion to drop, hit up Garden Gate’s Bandcamp page and get acquainted. Of course, after listening to “The Voyeur” below.

Blood Mansion’ drops December 3rd on Library of the Occult. Look for it here.

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