Cherish the Light Years (Bonus Track Edition) by Cold Cave on Apple Music

10 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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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About Cold Cave

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 Cave's debut album, the demo collection Coma Potion, in 2008 via his own publisher/label Heartworm Press as a limited edition of 100 copies. Later that year he issued a pair of EPs, The Trees Grew Emotions and Died on Dais and Painted Nails on Hospital. Cold Cave was even more prolific in 2009, with the project's first official full-length, Love Comes Close, arriving along with the singles Etsel & Ruby and The Laurels of Erotomania, the limited-edition cassettes Electronic Dreams and Stars Explode, and the collection Cremations. Cold Cave also played that year's No Fun Festival with a lineup that included former Xiu Xiu member Caralee McElroy, Prurient's Dominick Fernow, and Heartworm Press co-manager Max G. Morton. For 2011's more expansive and polished Cherish the Light Years, Eisold collaborated with Fernow once again as well as keyboardist/vocalist Jennifer Clavin, Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner, and former Chavez member Matt Sweeney on bass. After leaving Matador, Eisold released a series of Cold Cave singles and EPs via Heartworm and Deathwish Inc., starting with October 2012's "A Little Death to Laugh" and culminating a year later with the digital-only single "Nausea, the Earth and Me." These songs were collected as Full Cold Moon, which Heartworm released in 2014. Along with his bands and label/publishing house, Eisold also runs the bookstore and art space Juanita & Juan's. ~ Heather Phares

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