“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
“Night Tongue paints pictures from sound combinations and takes it to the next level with Carisa’s exquisite vocals and Andrew’s masterful guitar. ” – West Coast Rocker
“Night Tongue are conceptual geniuses who create brooding, almost unnerving music” – Beat Magazine
Night Tongue are a transgressive darkwave duo from Australia, now based out of Los Angeles. Comprised of Carisa Bianca Mellado and Andrew Dalziell, Night Tongue create a dark mythic world of romance, sex, death, horror and ecstasy. Spun from tales of love, tragedy and transgression, their upcoming debut, The Stag King, builds romantic soundscapes out of beautiful violence.
Being post-punk veterans themselves, Mellado and Dalziell have worked and/or performed with David J (Bauhaus, Love and Rockets), White Magic, Steve Albini, Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Eric Erlandson (Hole), Nora Keyes (Centimeters, Fancy Space People), Gitane Demone and Rikk Agnew (Christian Death, The Adolescents) and Nick Hudson of The Academy of Sun. Both are members of experimental doom band Asva with Stuart Dahlquist (Sun O))), Burning Witch, Goatsnake), Toby Driver and Ron Varod (Kayo Dot), Nick Hudson (The Academy of Sun) and Adam Dahlquist.
In 2017, Night Tongue performed in the UK with gnostic post-punk act The Academy of Sun and returned with their 10” EP, Achelous + Melpomene, in February 2018. The mythological-heavy EP tells the story of the birth of the Sirens in Southern Italy, mothered by the Muse of Tragedy, Melpomene and fathered by the ancient underworld God of the oceans Achelous.
Throughout 2017 and 2018, the duo composed scores for a number of short films and plays, performed sound baths, and completed tours of Australia and Europe. Still, Mellado and Dalziell found time to write and record their first full-length, this fall’s The Stag King. While still looking to mythology for inspiration, the band continues to explore the greater metaphors between the mythology and personal life on The Stag King.
“The cycles of nature are represented through the Triple Moon Goddess of life, death and rebirth and the Stag God as he crosses the seasons of birth, fertility, death and renewal. This is heard as lovers meet, connect, devour, lose, go through the dark and are reborn on a higher level,” the band explains. “This album is about love fundamentally, but it really is about searching for the eternal space of that, through all seasons, life and beyond death.”