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Editors’ Notes

You have to admit it’s almost cute the way the title of Cold Cave’s first full-length release riffs on the Joy Division song title, “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” while the track itself adorns a crisp, drum-machine dance beat with gloomy, ghostly synthesizers, melancholy guitars and Wes Eisold’s soul-mining, Ian Curtis-like vocals. Joined here by Dominick Fernow (Prurient) and Caralee McElroy (late of Xiu Xiu), Eisold wears his influences well (and proudly), and exploring his music will take some music fans back several decades, not only to Joy Division but to Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire, and all the other original industrial-rock purveyors that emerged from the primordial punk pond — he works with some of these seminal figures in his publishing endeavor, Heartworm Press. Imminently more accessible than the gritty Cremations — a collection of early odds and ends — Love Comes Close is less corrosive, more melodic and dance-floor driven. Several songs (and especially the title track) offer up moments of gloriously dark and brooding pop that admirably pay homage to those who came before.

Customer Reviews

throwback to greatness

Wesley Eisold (American Nightmare, Some Girls, XO Skeletons) has done it again - Cold Cave's new record takes all the lovely stylings of symplistic electronica, mixes it with No Wave and throws back at you something really sexy. Be aware, you may want to strip naked and dance around while listening to this album.


just listen to joy division and call it a day.

Better jump on this one

Album of the year.


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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