Ashton Nyte, singer, songwriter and front man for gothic rock band The Awakening has just released a dark and haunting interpretation of the melancholic classic “The Crying Game”. The cinematic single and lush horror-noir video follows Nyte’s 2015 new wave/postpunk infused album Some Kind Of Satellite and sets the stage for Nyte’s next chapter of creative releases.
“I’ve always been drawn to darker beauty and the space that exists away from the noise and clutter of the time we live in. ‘The Crying Game’ is one of those timeless songs that has kept me company for most of my life. It is an honor to finally sing it and share my version with the world,” says Nyte of the release.
“The Crying Game” is available now at www.ashtonnyte.com and will be released on all other digital platforms on November 8th.
Ashton Nyte is a South African born singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, enigmatic live performer, and producer. He has released eight albums as The Awakening, six as Ashton Nyte, and one as Ashton Nyte & The Accused, since The Awakening’s debut album in 1997. A prolific composer and lyricist with over 200 self-penned songs released to date, he has at least as many unreleased songs in his “vault”.
His solo work is stylistically diverse, garnering critical acclaim and the title of “Johannesburg’s Bowie” (Cosmopolitan). Nyte’s works have been featured on NPR/PRI in the USA and he has performed live in-studio to 125 million listeners on the international radio show “Border Crossings” (Washington, DC). Nyte has also written and performed in theatrical productions and organized philanthropic events including his “Rock Against Rape” concert series and a lecture series at US universities focusing on tolerance and acceptance.
2016 saw Nyte collaborate with British guitarist Mark Gemini Thwaite (Peter Murphy, The Mission) on MGT’s debut solo album, along with Ville Valo (HIM) and a host of other alternative music luminaries. Nyte also completed a seventeen date tour, spanning twelve European countries with The Awakening in October 2016, supporting The Mission.
Nyte recently performed at the Wave Gotik Treffen festival in Leipzig and has co-written a full length album with MGT, to be released in 2018. He is currently completing The Awakening’s ninth full length album as well as a new solo album. He has also co-written three songs for Michael Ciravolo’s (Human Drama, Gene Loves Jezebel) Beauty In Chaos project, which includes members of The Cure, The Mission, Ministry, and more.