Dark IDM/Industrial/Synthwave from the bowels of NYC. A Toby Driver and Bridget Bellavia collaboration.
Drawing on their experience in a variety of genres including IDM, post industrial, jazz, hardcore punk, ethereal wave and popular music, Bridget Bellavia and Toby Driver have created a body of work that defies classification. Driver, a prolific avant-garde composer takes the reigns with a densely electronic compositional work. Bellavia, a vocalist, songwriter, and visual artist tells tales of the human condition, authoritarian machination and lyrical horror such as with the tale of the haunted glove in Psygh Øn Raindom ÆllÆy. Bellavia draws from literature, film and art to create vocal melodies and lyrics as well as visuals for live shows. From astral projection to supernatural manipulation, Driver draws on countless caliginous forces to fashion unpredictable and somber arrangements. Piggy Black Cross is a tumultuous yet harmonious project that will stir the inmost affection.
"Morbidly beautiful darkwave." - Heavyblogisheavy, Editors' Pick
"Melds the saturated sci-fi atmospheres of synthwave with glitchy electronica, unorthodox compositions, and just a squirt of the sultriest goth. The beats are sparse but tricky, the moods continually shifting from numinous to dystopian, and the rarely repeated vocal phrasings conjure eros and loss and everything in between." - Toilet ov Hell, Top Albums of 2018
"Pounding relentless energy articulated via a collection of inner engines with continually shifting gears. By far the most exhilarating and ecstatic [albums] I’ve heard all year." - 5against4, Best Albums of 2018
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El cantante de Well / Kayo Dot Toby Driver colaboró con Bridget Bellavia, para hacer Piggy Black Cross. El proyecto electrónico basado en Nueva York combina la voz de Bridgets con un sonido que recuerda a grupos como Nine Inch Nails y Skinny Puppy mezclado con los estilos de las otras bandas de Toby.
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Best Albums of 2018
How on earth does Toby Driver do it? Few musicians have wowed me so consistently in so many different guises over the years. In the wake of such disparate behemoths as Kayo Dot, maudlin of the Well and Tartar Lamb comes Piggy Black Cross, a new collaboration with vocalist Bridget Bellavia. Driver describes it as “dark industrial IDM”, but this doesn’t even begin adequately to describe the serpentine majesty captured in these five songs.
Few people in heavy music are as versatile or prolific as New York multi-instrumentalist and singer Toby Driver. With his exploratory bands Kayo Dot, Maudlin of the Well, and Vaura; his electro-goth group Piggy Black Cross; and his long list of other collaborative and solo projects...
Driver foregrounds vocals here more than he ever has before, both his own and those of Bridget Bellavia from Piggy Black Cross (who also works with Driver and Chase in synth-rock band Paranoid Fiction)—she delivers a stunning guest turn on “Scaffolds of Digital Snow.”
Best Albums of 2018
Always Just Out of R.E.A.C.H was nearly as good as getting another Kayo Dot release this year, and long term readers will recognize this as nearly the highest praise I can bestow on an album. This brilliant meeting of the minds of Bridget Bellavia and Toby Driver is all a long term fan could hope for.
Best of 2018
We're gonna end this show with Piggy Black Cross. This EP--I gotta be honest--didn't hit me right away in August when it was released. Wasn't until a week ago that it spun on my iTunes on accident and I was hooked. I had a hard time picking only one song off this [album].