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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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Wesley Eisold is the second coming of Ian Curtis, Robert Smith, and all the great Goth gods of the past 20 years. Cold Cave's music is retro darkwave yet so urgently today. You can dance to this stuff and mope out to it too. Beautiful, melodic gloom.

80s new wave, electronica, post-punk

comparing them to linkin park or godsmack? geez, dig a little deeper.

A Return To Greatness ca. 1981

I heard this streaming on The Quietus a week before release and I had to have this! Just hearing "The Great Pan Is Dead" convinced me of its greatness. It is thunderous and Romantic yet employs Glen Branca-like overkill on the string section so the the effect of hearing this is like standing under a shower of fireworks going off just feet above your head. Beautiful. Dangerous. Thrilling. The end result is anthemic without being bloodless or facile.

The rest of the album is more sedate but succeeds wildly in being the best album New Order never made following "Power, Corruption, And Lies." "Confetti" is very popular in iTunes and for good reason; It is beguilingly beautiful and one wishes that it went on for at least nine minutes instead of five and a half. [Extended remix, anyone?] The melodies and rhythms certainly recall New Order. Daryl Palumbo's bass playing has a lot in common with Peter Hook's style in particular, but the lyrics are much less oblique than New Order. I can highly recommend this for those who were disappointed with what followed New Order's 1983 album. At the time, I liked "Low Life" and "Brotherhood" but this is much, much better. I had never heard of Cold Cave prior to running across them on The Quietus, but now I will be keeping a close watch on their progress. They've joined my A-list of contemporary artists.


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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