Cold Cave - Cherish The Light Years

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Best start for a difficult week! You know from some time that Cold Cave will release their new job which will be entitled Cherish The Light Years, in early April.



The best start for a difficult week! You know that the Cold Cave will release their new job which will be entitled Cherish The Light Years, in early April. But a week earlier, on Sunday 27 / 3 you can listen to Cherish The Light Years in various sites and blogs. And here is the story, evening glory ... So Sunday afternoon, and I heard the call of the Cold Cave to love this sunny afternoon.

But for the years to come, I can't promise. Warm, sunny, with the sun with no mercy sending its rays straight at my eyes. Scene contrasts with the music of Cold Cave although they become less dark than in the past.

This is likely what they want to declare with the title of the album. Of course, to be honest the sound is exactly what I like. Clear influences from the dark eighties, electronica but also experimentation. Originating from Philadelphia, and their base is now New York. Started as a musical project of Wesley Eisold, who was a member of various shapes hardcore (which is evident in the record). Gathered 2-3 kids like Dominick Fernow of Prurient, the Caralee McElroy  by Xiu Xiu, (not for long in the group), Jennifer Clavin known for her participation in the punk group
Mika Miko as a front woman  and the musical project can be considered a new group now.

My first contact with the Cold Cave was Cremations 2009. A total of twenty pieces (of ideas rather than complete work) with synths, fuzz, anger, very little melody and experimentation. Imagine a twin brother of the first album by Crystal Castles moving much from the pop element of Canadians. This changed then from the first regular album Love Comes Close a few months later. Here they begin to pave the sound, making their ideas now complete songs, while the noise and fuzz are fairly limited. They have also left the door slightly more open and thus gets little light this time. Otherwise, call me Youth And Lust.

Let us come to this year's news, though. Cherish The Light Years. Already from the title one supposes that not a thing has changed. Right. The door remained open a bit and still gets light from the hallway. The intensity of the speakers, high volume, urges the opening The Great Pan Is Dead to literally pull me by the neck! This piece is reminiscent of TV On The Radio and have to say here that the producer is Chris Coady (TVOnTheRadio, YYY's, Delorean).

We continue with more post-punk and nu-rock sounds and Pacing Around The Church with a playful synth gives a lighthearted tone. The first time I heard the record I can say it was the Confetti piece that stood out. Analog slow synth, ethereal melodies, drum machine, female and male pop vocal interchangeable, and that pattern lasts until the end. Catacombs, the next track which sends us, back again in new wave catacombs.

TheGreatPanIsDead The Cold Cave belong to the American underground, and with this album they state their presence. Underworld U.S.A. In the middle of the album comes the best of times. Icons Of Summer. Dancing intro, vocals reminiscent of the dark 80's, noise and break of glasses which leave a punk flavor strong enough in your mouth. Alchemy And You in the seventh track.

Here come the trumpets, which are not holy at all, but the accompany adequately. Good idea. Burning Sage and we are talking about the darkest time of the disc. Haunted synths, the guy reciting rather than singing, and somewhere in the middle  enter Haunted melodies and persistent cymbals. Oppressed bits that do not flare up, but the cymbals
burst together with the singer and melody. Gentleman, the journey is over somewhere around here. Villains Of The Moon. Exit. Comforting, calm, melodic, no tantrums, and sweet (sweet as can be for the precedent of Cold Cave) vocals.

The whole album is more "pop & rock" from their previous works , because here they leave behind many synths of Love Comes Close, and the experimentation of Cremations. Instead they choose the post-punk elements to express themselves. Choosing a good partner, like Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Daryl Palumbo of Glassjaw,  Eisold gives away a nice work. Without having anything new or innovative, giving a new impetus to all those who the damn 80's made us love and we are still chasing. If you are a friend of gothic / punk / synth-pop you'll definitely like it. Past: Sisters of Mercy. Cure. Early Depeche Mode. Present: She Wants Revenge. Former Ghosts. Crystal Castles. Finally, I shoyld say that the album released on April 5 from Matador Records and you can hear more below.

8 / 10

Aris Alexiou
http://twitter.com/Arigo81



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