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Cold Cave’s Wesley Eisold has carefully studied British post-punk of the ‘80s, with a focus on Manchester’s Factory Records and the Hacienda nightclub (fun extra credit assignment to young students: see the films, “24 Hour Party People” and “Control”). He’s Honor Roll material, clearly driven with a passion that makes one wonder if Eisold is actually “Madchester” scene co-founder/impresario Tony Wilson incarnate. Cherish the Light Years is even bolder than 2009’s Love Comes Close in reclaiming and reshaping the adolescent angst-wrought sounds of that era. In between the crisp, dance-floor incantations of “Catacombs” and the sinister, industrial-flavored “Burning Sage,” a handful of surprises boosts Cold Cave to new heights. “Alchemy and You” is a more contemporary sounding, horn-adorned blast of energy, “Confetti” is a perfectly crafted melancholy swirl of glittering synths, and the thunderous, anthemic tracks “The Great Pan is Dead” and “Villains of the Moon” make superb bookends, with the closing track imparting that triumphant note of hope that is the core of so many great pop songs.

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Not a half bad outing in a Cold Cave LP

One of my favourite albums of 2009 was Cold Cave's Love Comes Close, which was a confident journey through modern electro-pop containing many hints of Gary Numan, Human League, Thomas Dolby, and The Cure. Unlike their former album, Cold Cave's latest LP "Cherish the Light" has a darker, more tangible urgency throughout and lacks female lead vocals, which tend to detract from the clever bits. The solution to keep Cold Cave in your musical vernacular? Make this album into a fantastic affordably priced EP with The Great Pan is Dead, Pacing Around the Church, Catacombs, and Villains of the Moon.

I love this album

I think I enjoy this one even more than "Love Comes Close", their last LP. It is definitely much darker and bleaker, especially on the track "Burning Sage", one of my favorite tracks off of this. It also feels a lot more interesting, with instruments like violin, viola and even trumpet appearing on some of the tracks. One of the better albums I've heard so far this year. Some other tracks that stuck out to me were "The Great Pan Is Dead", "Pacing Around the Church", "Confetti" and "Alchemy and You".


Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Cold Cave's collage of darkwave, noise, and synth pop is the project of Wes Eisold, formerly the singer for hardcore bands Some Girls and Give Up the Ghost and also of the more electronically inclined XO Skeletons and Ye Olde Maids. Eisold began moving away from hardcore in an attempt to make music entirely by himself; unable to play guitar, he began playing with vintage synths and effects pedals, crafting songs that ranged from harsh to romantic (often within the same track). Eisold released Cold...
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